• "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