• One of the great English novels of recent years, a work of sublime literary realism, and a blackly comic meditation on the sins and sorrows of modernity

    Rachel Cusk
  • Wonderfully dark

    The Times
  • A terrific debut, written in a present tense which flashes every so often into the past - a trick which Szalay pulls off with confidence... a tense and compelling read

  • A funny, painful, graphic demonstration that our job is a crucial part of our identity.... It's compulsively readable

    Independent on Sunday
  • Szalay's satire is sharp, though his depictions of rush-hour raise the blood pressure to levels that are not advisable

    Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

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