• Boyd shows why he's so often compared to Graham Greene.... brilliant and bewitching collection of stories

    Financial Times
  • Like stealing badges, like shucking oysters, once you have one of these stories you can't stop. Lights out was after midnight

  • Clever and, yes, cinematic

  • The stories, as is often the case with Boyd, are packed with characters whose lives are upended by random upheavals

    Sunday Times
  • Unfailingly amusing and clever

  • In a 2008 essay, Boyd explained that writing short stories gives him a welcome chance "to change habits, to experiment, to take risks, to try out different voices". And in the best stories here, it's a chance he takes full advantage of, serving up an impressive variety of settings and protagonists

    Daily Telegraph
  • Highly entertaining

    Mail on Sunday
  • Boyd is dependably a master of what's most true: an always elegant realist whose characters will get under your skin

  • No one charts the highs and lows of the human condition like Boyd

  • A riveting short story collection from one of the best

    Woman & Home

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