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  • Britain's Marcel Proust

    The Times
  • Underpinning it is an exquisite balance of pain and beauty - an aspect of the sublime - as Welch brings to vivid life the existence lost to him for ever ... he is surprising us still

    John Self, Guardian
  • The writer who most directly influenced my work ... he makes the reader aware of the magic that is right under his eyes

    William Burroughs
  • A heightened, sensual journey ... it is Orvil's vibrant energy that allows this book to bubble ... beautifully odd ... spectacular

    The Independent
  • Unlike any other person I had come across, Welch seemed to be speaking particularly to me

    Alan Bennett
  • Maybe there is no better novel in the world than Denton Welch's In Youth Is Pleasure. Just holding it in my hands, so precious, so beyond gay, so deliciously subversive, is enough to make illiteracy a worse social crime than hunger

    John Waters

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