• A wonderfully candid and insightful account of a writer's life: astute, unpretentious and humane.

    William Boyd
  • A vivid picture of a lost world.

    Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education
  • One of the greatest storytellers in existence and a master of suspense… [Lodge] combines an analytical, scientific way of looking at life…with a vivid, poetic imagination… a uniquely honest record of a successful English novelist’s life. There is more truth about the literary life in this book than you will find in a thousand doctoral theses, or a million promotional interviews with famous writers. Or most memoirs. It is a true gem

    Eilís Ní Dhuibhne, Irish Times
  • Irresistible… One of the fascinations of the memoir is the variety of critical techniques that are shown… this fleshed-out diary is curiously addictive

    Marina Vaizey, The Arts Desk
  • An absorbing account… endearing, and…revealing… at no point…has [Lodge] betrayed his roots by giving in to the temptations of literary grandeur… authentic

    James Walton, Financial Times

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