• "[A] beautifully produced and judiciously illustrated collection."

    Keith Miller, 4 stars, Daily Telegraph
  • "I became entirely mesmerised by Barnes’ prose… Keeping an Eye Open is a rich and thoughtful book that should not be rushed. These essays are too full of chiaroscuro, their flashes of illumination too fascinating, their connections too interesting for a cursory reading."

    Roma Tearne, Independent
  • "It’s a readable, riveting, informed work with sharp, marvelous anecdotes and observations. In this beautifully illustrated book you’re in great company. Barnes is a sane and steady guide… Wonderful stuff."

    Niall McMonagle, Irish Independent
  • "Extremely rewarding, informative, attentive, thoughtful, entertaining essays."

    David Sexton, Evening Standard
  • "This is an erudite, entertaining and highly personal collection of essays from the Booker Prize-winning novelist."

    Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler