• "Remember the name Barney Norris. He's a new writer in his mid-twenties, but already outstanding."

  • "Looks well beyond the literary intelligentsia’s world, describing with great humanity five ordinary lives, and coming close, as it does so, to being a “state of the nation” novel – albeit one with none of the bombast the term usually implies…deeply affectinga tolerant and insightful debut"

  • "Barney Norris is a rare and precious talent...a writer-chronicler to be cherished."

    Evening Standard
  • "Outstanding...a moving, strangely uplifting novel that grapples with the coarse substance of everyday existence and poetically celebrates its passage. Superb."

    Mail on Sunday