• "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