• "Sharp, funny and satirical… This is one to relish"

  • "Neatly written, full of calamitous moments in which the comedy is suddenly elbowed aside by genuine emotion"

    D J Taylor, Spectator
  • "Hovering adroitly between tragedy and farce...a good novel to savour by the pool in Tuscany this summer"

    Angus Clarke, The Times
  • "Duckworth is a worthy heir to a tradition of seductive, cultured literary monsters that includes Humbert Humbert, Hannibal Lecter and John Lanchester's Tarquin Winot"

    John Dugdale, Sunday Times
  • "mordant thriller"

    three stars, Telegraph