• "The most brilliant and also the funniest novel that he has written"

    London Review of Books
  • "Ingenious and proliferate plotting...a new comic debacle over every page"

    The Times
  • "Academic infightings, couplings, touching, funny and frightful set pieces, dark humour, sharp wit and plain farce - here is everything one expects from this author but thricefold and three times as entertaining as anything he has written before"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "A wonderful tissue of outrageous coincidences and correspondences, teasing elevations of suspense and delayed climaxes"