• "No one better understands the cosmic joke that is humanity. Nor is anyone as funny telling it"

    Andrew Anthony, Observer
  • "One of the funniest books I've read in a long time"

    Mariella Frostrup, Psychologies
  • "Read it: it is hilarious, often wonderfully perceptive, uncompromisingly ambitious and written by a great master of the English language"

    Justin Cartwright, Financial Times
  • "Moving and humane... I love this novel... It is beautifully achieved, cunningly relaxed, and reveals considerable emotional depth"

    Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph
  • "The best novelist of his generation"