• "What one takes away from this half-memoir is the self-portrait of an extraordinarily good, wrongly modest man; a distinguished scholar, and one of the finest of current novelists"

    John Sutherland, Spectator
  • "As a piece of reportage from the third quarter of the English 20th century this is a sociologist’s paradise"

  • "An outstanding memoir... Lucid and witty"

    Irish Times
  • "A fascinating and moving read"

    Financial Times
  • "Quite a Good Time to be Born is a record of success, free of boasting or malice. Anyone with some knowledge of academia or the literary world will find it full of interest"

    Allan Massie, Scotsman