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  • 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

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