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