• "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"