• "Yates writes with a sympathy so clear-hearted that it often feels like nostalgia for his own youth, and yet he is also thoroughly uncompromising in revealing their capacity for self-delusion, their bewilderment in the face of failure"

    New York Times
  • "So consistently well-written, just, unsentimental and sympathetic"

    Washington Post
  • "Read and weep"

    Kate Atkinson
  • "Yates's prose is as elegant and minimalist as ever... He simply tells the story - in easily comprehensible but perfectly pitched language"

    Leyla Sanai,