• An impressively cogent book... For a writer so fascinated by conflict, Parks is a model of critical reason and clarity

    New Statesman
  • Tim Parks is a master of the essay... Park's polymath pursuits here focus primarily - and bravely - on heavyweight novelists and on almost every historical, political and cultural aspect of his adoptive homeland, Italy

  • Always erudite but never forbidding, bringing an unashamedly humanist consciousness to the lives and works under consideration... Thought-provoking and often funny

  • His writing is muscular but there is not street-bawling for the sake of it... He is much subtler, more perceptive than that

  • Parks proves sharp in both defence and attack in these essays

    Financial Times

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