• "Twenty-five years on from his spectacular debut novel, Ulverton, Thorpe has produced a book that resembles and rivals it… With tremendous flair, Thorpe opens up a vista of present-day middle England."

    Peter Kemp, Sunday Times, Books of the Year
  • "An intricately crafted novel, sharp-eared, current and full of heart."

    Guardian, Books of the Year
  • "Missing Fay…presents entwined provincial lives with illuminating precision, its prose textured, its structure intricate… He is alert to every English linguistic twitch, every slippery folk-meme. He’s a writer’s writer, and I wish he were a reader’s writer too."

    Hilary Mantel, Times Literary Supplement
  • "Is Thorpe Britain’s most underrated writer? Having just re-read his 1992 classic novel Ulverton, I say he has to be in the running"

    John Burnside
  • "Thorpe is a master of quiet ironies, of exquisite detailThis is a mysterious, lucent novel, compelling in its tautness, devastating in its wisdom. I hope it wins prizes."

    Philip Womack, Spectator