• "This is a masterclass in the art of reading."

    Robert Murphy, Metro
  • "Wood is the most engaging of current commentators on literature."

    John Sutherland, Spectator
  • "Impressive breadth of reading (especially contemporary East Europeans here) and perceptively close attention to texts."

    Peter Kemp, Sunday Times
  • "It is a pleasure to follow his education and learn something in turn."

  • "The gift of the great critic is to be able to explain complex concepts to the reader in a manner that is neither bamboozling nor patronising... Wood has this gift."

    Andrew Anthony, Observer