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  • Plumbing the depths of eccentricity and violence swilling beneath the surface of ordinary American life, Theroux understands, often with devastating effect, how dramas both big and small can produce catastrophic and lasting psychological consequences

  • Skilful and unsettling

  • Twenty delicious tales . . . from the off, this collection had me grinning. Scattered with gems infused with Theroux's international knowledge

    Big Issue
  • Quirky, unpredictable fun and pure literary entertainment

    Sunday Sport
  • As cool as Somerset Maugham . . . as observant, intuitive, wry, inventive and eloquent as Graham Greene

    Sunday Times
  • Theroux is fluent, witty and almost faultlessly able to deliver a satisfying story

    Melvyn Bragg
  • One of the most accomplished and worldly-wise writers of his generation

    The Times
  • Always a terrific teller of tales and conjurer of exotic locales, he writes lean prose that lopes along at a compelling pace

    Sunday Times
  • With its unsettling strangeness, precisely drawn characters and geographical sweep, Mr Bones is a psychologically complex, vastly enjoyable and nuanced collection by a writer in complete control of his art

    Financial Times
  • There's more than a whiff of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness about these tales, by turns savage, funny, unsettling

    The Times

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