• 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
  • A bracing, brilliantly bonkers comic novel … This is freewheeling fiction that delights in the visual.

    Sunday Times
  • Nicola Barker is British fiction’s brightest outlier ... a madly brilliant little book ... I loved it.

    Daily Mail
  • What an audacious writer Nicola Barker is ... In an era when plot is king, Barker has typically, joyously, dispensed with one ... Barker’s pleasure in the novella feels defiant.

    Evening Standard
  • Nicola Barker is literary royalty ... Brave, funny and painfully timely.

  • A riotous burst of a novel that scrutinises the nature of fiction with the lightest of touches.

    Mail on Sunday

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