'Powered by a satisfactorily pacy plot and oiled by Quinn’s effortless prose, this is a book that slips down as easily as a gin-and-it' Guardian
Summer, 1967. As London shimmers in a heat haze and swoons to the sound of Sergeant Pepper, a mystery film – Eureka – is being shot by German wunderkind Reiner Werther Kloss.
The screenwriter, Nat Fane, would do anything for a hit but can’t see straight for all the acid he’s dropping. Fledgling actress Billie Cantrip is hoping for her big break but can’t find a way out of her troubled relationship with an older man. And journalist Freya Wyley wants to know why so much of what Kloss touches turns to ash in his wake.
In the various layers of a slick, enjoyable plot, the glossy surface finish never distracting from the messiness beneath, art reflects life and also reflects itself… There is wit and entertainment aplenty… What brings it all delightfully together is Quinn’s flawless, easy-going prose. He never once puts a foot wrong… Clever, certainly, but in just the right measure.
Powered by a satisfactorily pacy plot and oiled by Quinn’s effortless prose, this is a book that slips down as easily as a gin-and-it, but larger questions lurk beneath its polished surface… Eureka… is in glorious Technicolor.
Quinn’s prose is elegant and his eye for the evocative details of social history acute as he chronicles the pleasures and perils inherent in Nat’s pursuit of love and art.
A cast of wonderfully vivid characters ducks and dives its way through London’s beau monde… There is something Evelyn Waugh-like about Eureka, not just it its depictions of the escapades that privilege can afford, but in the ease and seeming effortlessness of Quinn’s prose… Few eras have been as well documented, but Eureka succeeds in bringing it to life in a new and hugely entertaining way.
Anthony Quinn’s growing series of period novels about London life is fast becoming one of contemporary fictions most dependable pleasures… Quinn offers sexual intrigue and a class-crossing mystery plot straddling the glitzy and grimy, all told with a rampantly infectious sense of fun.