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Reviews

  • He has written the truth as he saw it, and written it with passion, charm - and self-awareness

    Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
  • The book brims with humour and each sentence is a delight to read

    Andrew Wilson, Independent
  • This glorious memoir - funny and poignant in equal measure

    Brian Viner, Daily Mail
  • There is much that is moving in Mars-Jones's memoir of his father... The writing sings with cleverness and wit

    Claudia FitzHerbert, The Sunday Telegraph
  • Mars-Jones's memoir, clotted and rich and true, does its job rather well

    Rachel Cooke, New Statesman
  • The account... of caring for his father is especially touching

    Kate Kellaway, The Observer
  • Intensely written

    Elisa Segrave, The Spectator
  • His most remarkable book to date, which is in turns knowing and dextrous, hilarious and poignant

    Richard Canning, Literary Review
  • Mars-Jones's achievement in Kid Gloves is to portray such painful moments with humour and grace... Kid Gloves is full of truth about the ironies of family life, of the ways that we define ourselves through our parents and against them

    Bee Wilson, Sunday Times
  • The book brims with humour and each sentence is a delight to read. It also contains - courtesy of an extended metaphor drawn from Jane Grigson's recipe for cooking salmon in a court-bouillon - one of the best descriptions of sibling rivalry in contemporary literature. Above all, it is a celebration of language, a love shared by father and son alike

    Andrew Wilson, Independent

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