• Never since childhood have I been so thoroughly immersed in a book

    Jim Crace, Financial Times
  • An 18th-century reader, raised on a high-minded diet of elegy and pastoral, must have felt stunned on first encountering the jagged prose of a Daniel Defoe, with its street-wise populism and delight in the commonplace

    Terry Eagleton
  • Robinson Crusoe has a universal appeal, a story that goes right to the core of existence

    Simon Armitage, Guardian
  • Defoe should surely be credited with inventing the English novel

    Mail on Sunday
  • Defoe was an imaginative genius

    John Carey, Sunday Times

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