• "When it comes to contemporary maestros of the short-story form, Helen Simpson is up there with Alice Munro... If they had any sense the 10:10 carbon-reduction campaign would distribute this book for free, such is its power"

    Lucy Atkins, The Sunday Times
  • "The best short story writer now working in English"

    Financial Times
  • "In-Flight Entertainment is quite delectable, confirming her as the queen of the comic short story"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "Simpson's gifts are a lyrical vocabulary, an authoritative form, a special funny-sad quality and a subtlety of understanding... Add in political argument, and she is a key voice for our time"

    Margaret Reynolds, The Times
  • "It's all packed with Simpson's deadpan wit - she is one of the most sharply funny writers in England today"

    Times Literary Supplement