Reviews

  • All [the stories] are a joy to read as Barnes glides between forms...Each story is distinct and indelible, a tribute to the form. Above all they make you think about growing old and what, if anything, can be done about it.

    Glasgow Herald
  • All have a photographic clarity, a psychological realism that embraces extremes of feeling...with a deliciously wry streak

    Observer
  • Barnes's steely wit finds best expression when inhabiting the anguished and angry... Their brilliance rather plays upon our petty furies and failures, embellishing them with self-deprecatory wryness...entrancing and curiously cheering

    New Statesman
  • Masterly...his best stories have a strong air of Maupassant about them...extraordinarily effective...a compelling series of vignettes of old age, executed with great skill

    Daily Telegraph
  • Splendid, beautiful...reads like Turgenev

    Spectator

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