• "This is his best book in years: sprawling, funny, touching, a near-perfect fusion of story and scholarship"

    Mail on Sunday
  • "Excellent... scrupulous and scholarly... It bounds along terrifically"

  • "Lodge's robust approach, his insights, energy and humour, enable him to present HG as a man not only for his own times but also for ours"

    Patricia Craig, Irish Times
  • "Absorbing and thoroughly enjoyable"

    Allan Massie, Scotsman
  • "David Lodge's novel goes straight to the heart of the story... It is pure fun"

    Claire Harman, Evening Standard