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  • Great skill is shown, and affection.

    P.J. Kavanagh, The Spectator
  • a work of immense sympathy

    Margaret Cook, New Statesman
  • Not only does Lodge capture the kindliness and humour of the Master, but his novel is a rare portrait of friendship between men It enlarges the spirit as well as entertaining the heart and is a really fine novel.

    Amanda Craig, New Statesman
  • perceptive and moving marvellously illuminating

    Peregrine Worsthorne, New Statesman
  • Stylistically genial and socially panoramic

    Boyd Tonkin, Independent

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