Reviews

  • "The word “masterpiece” is not one to throw around lightly but I was enthralled by James Lasdun’s novella Afternoon of a Faun, from his collection Victoryit has the psychological precision of a Chekhov story."

    Johanna Thomas-Corr, Evening Standard *Books of the Year*
  • "Two superb novellas full of contemporary resonanceextraordinarily taut and compelling."

    Spectator
  • "[Victory makes] a convincing case for James Lasdun as one of the most incisive investigators of the human heart writing in English today an instant masterpiece."

    Observer
  • "The novellas [in Victory] are united by Lasdun’s signature virtues: a forensic attention to psychological detail, a mastery of dialogue and an all-round fluency that gives his prose a compelling swiftness. It is these virtues, more than the plots, that make Victory a triumph."

    Literary Review
  • "Timely and irresistibly unpleasantsure to provoke passionate discussion… [Afternoon of a Faun] lingers after you have closed the book with a vividness that testifies to the compact virtues of the novella."

    Guardian
  • "[James Lasdun’s] electric new book… is absorbing… [it] constantly pulls the rug from under your feet."

    Daily Mail
  • "[Victory] comprises two mesmeric impressive stories, containing beautiful descriptions and subtle twists."

    Sunday Times, *Best Literary Novels of 2019*
  • "Darkly humorous and compelling portraits of men wrestling with guilt and desire… [Afternoon of a Faun] feels very much a novel for our times."

    Guardian