• This is a deeply tender book, and full of wise insight and honesty. Moran manages to be funny, erudite and kindly: a rare - and compelling - combination. This is the essential antidote to a culture obsessed with success. Read it

    Madeleine Bunting
  • Joe Moran is a brilliant historian. He makes the humdrum riveting

    Matthew Engel
  • A fascinating insight. Moran's honesty is brilliantly raw and uncomfortable at times, but under the apparently bleak message on the surface there is an uplifting truth to be found. For myself, the concept of failure has been redefined

    Matthew Parris
  • Moran is a wonderful, witty writer

    Marcus Berkmann, Daily Mail
  • Moran is a past master at producing fine, accessible non-fiction

    Helen Davies, Sunday Times
  • Joe Moran is the most perceptive and original observer of British life that we have

    Matthew Engel
  • Joe Moran is a wonderfully sharp writer, calm, precise and quietly comical

    Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
  • I really love Joe Moran's work, he writes with such generosity and kindness

    Tiffany Watt Smith
  • These stories are beautifully told, and they are comforting at first... Moran's compassion shines through this gift of a book

    Kieran Setiya, Literary Review

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