• "A witty, irreverant and elegaic new novel...Haffner is a Quixote of our time"

    New York Times Book Review
  • "A novel where the humour is melancholic, the melancholy mischievous and the talent startling"

    Milan Kundera
  • "In The Escape, you can practically see Bellow’s Augie March, Roth’s Mickey Sabbath and Martin Amis’s John Self applauding, ghost-like, from the margins... The novel fizzes with intelligence, verbal skill and humour"

    Simon Baker, Observer
  • "Beautifully written, poignant and clever... Thirlwell has a genuinely unique insight into humankind"

    The Times
  • "The Escape is one of the best British novels I’ve read this year for one reason; Thirlwell’s prose. At once effervescent and elegant, his narrative voice lifts the novel’s lecherous comedy beyond the sublunary lovers’ antics into a more rarefied sphere"

    Sarah Churchwell, Guardian