Reviews

  • More tales of mortality from a master of the genre... [Turbulence] is a chilling achievement.

    David Sexton, Evening Standard
  • A portrait of our species at a time of crisis... Szalay is our greatest chronicler of these rootless, tradeworn places, and the desperate, itinerant lives of those who inhabit them.

    Alex Preston, Observer
  • Ingenious[David Szalay] knows about people… Stark and spare, Turbulence is an impressive novel.

    Brian Martin, Spectator
  • Reading David Szalay is like receiving a series of electric shocks: his preference for short, sharp sketches, rather than a single, linear plot, means that his books deny the reader the comforts of conventional, more languid storytelling… Szalay’s stories may be over in just a matter of minutes, but they are violently, appallingly immersive.

    Claire Allfree, Daily Mail
  • As Szalay consistently uproots his reader, proliferating characters and locations, [Turbulence] could be seen as an experiment in the limits of sympathy… a practical test for the way we feel (or fail to feel) for others. Such calculated neutrality is the perfect foil to some heart-stoppingly beautiful prose… Things in this elegant, frightening, politically charged book, fall apart. They also lift off.

    Sophie Ratcliffe, Daily Telegraph

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