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  • Superlative... Bailey's account is definitive and genuinely gripping to boot... He leads us lucidly through a dense palimpsest of overlapping drafts, fictional identities, literary feuds and women.

    Claire Lowdon, Sunday Times
  • Compulsively readable... Beautifully written... It is hard to imagine a book that will come up with a more definitive series of answers than this one.

    Tim Adams, Observer
  • [A] monumental and engrossing book... Bailey brings new information and a fresh perspective... No other biographer will have known Roth so well.

    Elaine Showalter, Times Literary Supplement
  • Bailey's utterly engrossing biography ... shows Roth led a life just as strange and intense as his fictionalised alter egos.

    Tomiwa Owolade, Evening Standard
  • It's a miracle that he has published so lucid a book just three years after Roth's death - and one so packed with good anecdotes and jokes... It's an achievement for Bailey to have gained as much distance as he has.

    Blake Morrison, Guardian

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