• "Olds’s descriptive gift is like a fire hose of frankness…undeniably powerful."

    Jeremy Noel-Tod, Sunday Times
  • "Olds’s inspired new collection alerts us to taboos we barely think about ordinarily…These odes, because they illuminate what it is to live inside a body and survive its outrages, are useful – and beautiful too."

    Kate Kellaway, Guardian
  • "[An] inspired new collection… She writes…with a driven perkiness… Throughout, there is a bold sexiness that goes beyond sex, that borders on camp, fey or funny… Marvellous odes… Beautiful."

    Kate Kellaway, Guardian Weekly
  • "[It is] interspersed with acts of breathtaking linguistic daring."

    Charlotte Mendelson, Observer, Book of the Year
  • "Her new collection, Odes, is an exquisite follow up [to Stag’s Leap.]"

    Daily Telegraph