• "He has wit, style, and panache, in a world where those qualities are in permanently short supply"

    The New York Review of Books
  • "A book which creates a world and explores it in depth, which ponders changing relationships and values, which creates brilliantly living and diverse characters and then watches them grow and change in their milieu ... Powell's world is as large and as complex as Proust's."

    New York Times
  • "[A] comic masterpiece"

    Irish Times
  • "Comic, satisfying, thought-provoking, addictive"

    The Telegraph