• One of the funniest, most finely achieved comic novels, even by her own standard … I think it’s a masterpiece.

    Ali Smith
  • Life-affirming hilarity – Evelyn Waugh on ecstasy.

    Nell Zink
  • Nicola Barker loves to break the conventions of fiction ... She has set herself the novelist’s ultimate challenge - to turn the dullest situation imaginable into something fascinating and lifelike – and she (mostly) pulls it off ... Barker conveys the essence of these people with such skill that you feel you have met them.

    The Times

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