• "James Wood is one of literature’s true lovers, and his deeply felt, contentious essays are thrilling in their reach and moral seriousness"

    Susan Sontag
  • "Like all good critics, James Wood is a story-teller of the art of reading, recreating the experience on the page for us’"

    Francis Spufford
  • "James Wood is a close reader of genius... By turns luscious and muscular, committed and disdaining, passionate and minutely considered"

    John Banville
  • "The most urgent and morally demanding critic around"

  • "An authentic literary critic, very rare in this bad time… Wood is always urgent, lucid, and interesting"

    Harold Bloom