• "Houellebecq’s poetry opens a revealing window into a stubbornly consistent career. Readers who enjoy the dandyish despair of his fiction will not be shocked to find that, in poetry, Houellebecq channels masters such as Baudelaire – such a giant ghost here that he almost deserves a co-author’s credit – and Verlaine . . . But who knew that, in English, Houellebecq could sound so much like Philip Larkin – or even John Betjeman.'"

    The Arts Desk