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  • Nothing is accidental or optional in this jewelled clockwork egg of a book... Hoban is a hugely skilled, moving and endlessly entertaining writer.

    Times Literary Supplement
  • A poignant and engaging fable of ownership and surrender.

    Philip Hensher, Mail on Sunday
  • He mixes wild invention with subtle observation... the resulting tale reads like a downbeat, offbeat Faust for the tawdry, lottery-playing 1990s.

    The Times
  • Worth rejoicing in ... a banquet of whimsical delights. Each Russell Hoban book is surprising ... but you also know what you're getting, which is curiosity, wonder and a world-encompassing empathy.

    John Self, The Guardian

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