• "Guo's humour is bracingly ironic and tinderbox dry"

    The Times
  • "A fast moving, barbed polemic...a sharp little book in which the legacy of the Cultural Revolution shimmers and festers... A writer to read, a writer who makes every word count"

    Irish Times
  • "A breath of the freshest air imaginable. She cuts through the smog of hype and platitude"

    Boyd Tonkin, Independent
  • "Sprightly... the comedy is neatly poised... a damning portrait of totalitarian China"

    Scotland on Sunday
  • "The novel resonates in revelations of loss and pain"