Reviews

  • Publisher's description. The Mark and the Void is a whip-smart tragicomic novel for our times, a darkly hilarious journey through the upside-down world of investment banking. In the midst of the global financial crisis, friendship blossoms between a lonely French banker and an incompetent Irish novelist, and chaos ensues...

    Penguin
  • [This] is the answer to the question of what a seriously talented contemporary novelist should be writing... Impossibly ingenious, unabashedly intelligent, read-the-whole-page-again funny and engaged with the great questions of our times... The Mark and the Void is the best novel I have reviewed on this side of the Atlantic... I'm recommending it unreservedly

    Observer
  • The Mark and the Void is Murray's best book yet - a wildly ambitious, state-of-the-nation novel, and a scabrously funny yet deeply humane satire on the continuing fall-out of the biggest financial crisis in 75 years

    The Bookseller
  • With The Mark and the Void, Paul Murray has done the impossible: he's written a novel about international finance that not only isn't dense, boring, or annoyingly didactic, but is, in fact, a hilarious page-turner with a beating human heart. To put all of these elements in a pot and alchemically produce something so brilliant and cohesively constructed, one might assume Paul Murray is a witch. I think he's simply a great writer.

    Adam Wilson, author of 'Flatscreen' and 'What's Important Is Feeling'
  • Five years after his hugely successful novel Skippy Dies, Murray's third book is utterly original and very funny

    Irish Times
  • People always tell me 'If you love Paul Murray so much, why don't you marry him?' Now thanks to recent legislation in his native Ireland, I finally can. And so should you, reader. The Mark and the Void not only monetizes the death of the novel, but makes us believe in its resurrection. Praise the Lord for Paul Murray's big brain and tender heart!

    Gary Shteyngart
  • A fantastic novel. I laughed and wept

    Bret Easton Ellis, on Skippy Dies
  • I loved Skippy Dies

    Ali Smith, Times Literary Supplement
  • An unforgettably exuberant saga

    Emma Donoghue, on Skippy Dies, Daily Telegraph
  • Funny, moving, utterly brilliant

    Irish Times, on Skippy Dies

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