• "There are times when all the reviewer needs to write is "Read it, love it!""

    Arnold Wesker, Guardian
  • " hits you with a shock of recognition"

    Libby Purves, Midweek
  • "A complex and compelling evocation of a vanished world"

  • "A lovingly detailed verbal map... This is vivid and highly scrupulous autobiographical reportage"

    Financial Times
  • "Next volume, please"

    Sunday Times