Reviews

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

    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."

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

    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."

    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."

    Daily Telegraph