• "Jack's eye for precise detail, his curiosity and his luminous intelligence shine through every piece. His is a kind of writing we are lucky to still have around"

    Jackie Kay, Scotsman
  • "Elegiac rather than nostalgic... At the heart of the book are three magnificent essays"

    The Economist
  • "Superb"

    Alexander Chancellor, Spectator
  • "Wonderful... Jack is a superb and diverse writer, with a mind and eyes and a nose for virtually everything... He's smart, proportionate, discerning and (rarest of rarities) decent. To me, this book is indispensable"

    Richard Ford, Guardian, Books of the Year
  • "Ian Jack's superbly evocative essays are the ideal advertisement for the virtues of print journalism... superbly evocative"

    Rachel Cooke, The Observer