• Sends the reader back to writers' works (including Mr. Lodge's own) with a renewed appreciation of what makes them tick and why

    New York Times
  • These essays, so easy in manner, so well-built and informative, offer a fine blend of creative writing and criticism... The essays on writers who have meant most to him as a novelist, notably Graham Greene (on whom nobody has written better) and Joyce, are brilliant

    Sunday Times
  • Mr. Lodge's meditations on Joyce, Nabokov and Kingsley Amis, are indeed small gems, the sort of essays you want to underline and commit to memory

    New York Times
  • It is refreshing to be reminded that those who teach can also do


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