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  • Briefs Encountered is quite as hilarious, clever, stylish, charming and wickedly witty as Noel Coward... It would easier to stab a puppy or slap a baby than to dislike such an utterly lovable book.'

    Stephen Fry
  • Julian Clary is a smart and as funny as ever...a delicious airy treat

    Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times
  • So clever, so funny, so romantic, and scary too. I don't know how she does it!

    Fay Weldon
  • So funny ... Clary switches effortlessly between eras and demonstrates an inspired eye for comic detail.

    Daily Mail
  • Clary has produced a surprisingly complex, artfully constructed and mostly very convincing novel, which isn’t bogged down by its intelligence or his obvious research. Indeed, it’s all dressed up in delightfully accessible, sharp prose that’s full of gags.

    Daily Mirror

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