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  • Admirable for its scope, ambition and unashamed seriousness of purpose, as well as its willingness to take stylistic and structural risks

    Julie Myerson, Observer
  • Stunningly good

    Susan Jeffreys, Saturday Review, BBC Radio 4
  • Imagine you're on a roller-coaster ... suddenly, without warning, it tips vertiginously, so quickly that your chest constricts and while you're there, suspended, momentarily, at the apex of this roller-coaster, you're aware suddenly of a kind of clarity, a totally new perspective on everything below. Greg Baxter's The Apartment is a bit like this ... Full of unshowy wisdom and surprising moments of beauty

    Sunday Telegraph
  • Baxter's superbly elegant, understated writing explores the dynamics of America's relationship with the rest of the world

    The Times
  • A wonderful, horrible, wise novel

    Dazed & Confused (Book of the Month)
  • His protagonist is not merely struggling beneath the weight of the violence in his own life story; he grapples with the larger sense of history that infuses the text with an effect that recalls WG Sebald. ... There's a maturity to The Apartment not often found in debut novels.

    Lucy Scholes, The Independent
  • An interesting, honourable novel

    James Lasdun, The Guardian
  • A writer of considerable gifts ... Baxter, who now lives in Berlin, is so good at conjuring up the atmosphere of his chilly and crowded city (probably Eastern European and probably fictional) and the character of its inhabitants that you come to feel that you're living there among them in their noisy, bustling cafes and their freezing thoroughfares. ... Baxter shows mastery, too, in his vividly realised characters, especially the charming Saskia

    Irish Independent
  • Impressive ... The language is tight, with each word weighted and anything showy or extraneous rigidly excluded

  • Contains moments of shocking impact, set out vividly against the palely drawn background.


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