• "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