Reviews

  • "[Victory makes] a convincing case for James Lasdun as one of the most incisive investigators of the human heart writing in English today an instant masterpiece."

    Johanna Thomas-Corr, Observer
  • "Two superb novellas full of contemporary resonanceextraordinarily taut and compelling."

    Leyla Sanai, Spectator
  • "The novellas [in Victory] are united by Lasdun’s signature virtues: a forensic attention to psychological detail, a mastery of dialogue and an all-round fluency that gives his prose a compelling swiftness. It is these virtues, more than the plots, that make Victory a triumph."

    Frank Lawton, Literary Review
  • "Timely and irresistibly unpleasantsure to provoke passionate discussion… [Afternoon of a Faun] lingers after you have closed the book with a vividness that testifies to the compact virtues of the novella."

    Marcel Theroux, Guardian
  • "[James Lasdun’s] electric new book… is absorbing… [it] constantly pulls the rug from under your feet."

    Anthony Cummins, Daily Mail
  • "Afternoon of a Faun is a brilliantly imagined, devastatingly insightful and powerfully rendered novel of sexual exploitation and betrayal. Like all of James Lasdun’s work, it is meticulously written and intelligent, both a novel of ideas and a cautionary tale for the #MeToo era. Its ending is bitterly ironic, or perhaps just darkly funny, depending upon one’s perspective – and Afternoon of a Faun is about the very drama of “perspective”."

    Joyce Carol Oates
  • "In an era of sexual reckonings and “defunct male prerogatives”, any decades-old fling is a ticking time bomb an ambivalent ex can choose to detonate at whim. Yet who’s to say what actually happened? Afternoon of a Faun is an exquisitely rendered tale of moral arithmetic, erotic murkiness, and men’s fascination with other men’s scorecards. It’s also Lasdun at his most pleasurably diabolical."

    Laura Kipnis
  • "[Victory] comprises two mesmeric impressive stories, containing beautiful descriptions and subtle twists."

    Sunday Times, *Best Literary Novels of 2019*
  • "Darkly humorous and compelling portraits of men wrestling with guilt and desire… [Afternoon of a Faun] feels very much a novel for our times."

    Alex Preston, Guardian
  • "Fascinating about the warped thought processes that often underpin male duplicity."

    William Skidelsky, Financial Times