• Vivid, funny, and with a compassion made all the more moving by the harshness of its military setting

    Daily Telegraph
  • Has the ring of complete authenticity...the mingling of horror and farce are all brilliantly evoked

    A.N. Wilson, Spectator
  • Engaging slapstick...the Woody Allen of contemporary English fiction

    Jonathan Bate, Sunday Telegraph
  • An authentic picture of the sordid futility of National Service... I found the total recall agreeably unnerving

    Christopher Ricks, New Statesman
  • National Service has rarely been better evoked... an extremely well-told, well-organised story

    Times Literary Supplement

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