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  • The Nearest Thing to Life…[proves] that whether in short form or long, printed or spoken word, Wood is a voice worth listening to.

    Malcolm Forbes, National
  • The Nearest Thing to Life is excellent: both insightful and sensible, a rare enough combination in criticism. Wood’s own noticings are as sharp as ever.

    Theo Tait, Sunday Times
  • Brief but fascinating discourse.

    Max Liu, Independent
  • [Has] an elegant lightness of touch… [A] slim, appealingly modest collection.

    Matilda Bathurst, Country Life
  • [A] short but lovely volume.

    Laurence Scott, Financial Times

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