• "Perenially fascinating... When Joseph Conrad wrote The Secret Agent he was responding imaginatively to a real botched bomb attack on Greenwich, at a time when there was real panic about anarchist extremism throughout Europe"

  • "An astonishing book"

    Ford Madox Ford
  • "This damp, dark thriller dances about on satirical feet, from its opening paragraph to the very last, where it suddenly plunges like Chernobyl's core to our own apocalyptic times, seamed with petit-bourgeois envy and crazed fundamentalist dreams. Whether attacking the former or the latter, Conrad never lets go of his grim, twitchy smile."

    Adam Thorpe, Guardian
  • "One of the two unquestionable classics of the first order that [Conrad] added to the English novel"

    F.R. Leavis