• "He illuminates the important matters beneath the surface that ordinary people feel but rarely talk about"

    Philip Howard
  • "Middleton is a born writer; unpretentious, discerning, intelligent, and virtually incapable of writing a duff sentence. He is the Chekhov of suburbia; I recommend him."

    James Runcie, Daily Telegraph
  • "Middleton contrasts claustrophobic middle-class respectability with a certain sexy dangerous Gothic Nottingham atmosphere."

    Daily Mail
  • "Middleton is concerned with what goes on below the surface of lives, what people feel, dream about, hope for, resent, fear – all the things that in real life may be kept hidden… Anyone coming to Middleton afresh has a real treat in store."

    Allan Massie, Scotsman