• Russell Hoban has brought off an extraordinary feat of imagination and of style ... funny, terrible, haunting and unsettling, this book is a masterpiece.

    The Observer
  • You are syntactically and emotionally and politically absolutely in the book's spell. The way it changes is unbelievable; it is a living thing.

    Max Porter
  • Extraordinary... a hero with Huck Finn's heart, lighting by El Greco and jokes by Punch and Judy... Fiercely imagined and intensely ponderable.

    New York Times Book Review
  • Suffused with melancholy and wonder, beautifully written, Riddley Walker is a novel people will be reading for a long, long time.

    Washington Post
  • This is what literature is meant to be.

    Anthony Burgess
  • The strongest, most desolate and bewildered voice in modern fiction. In the mental silence that followed the closing of the last page, I wanted to applaud, through tears.

  • The book has an evangelical effect on people ... Riddley is an absorbing character, Hoban's language has a fantastic, rough poetry and the post-apocalyptic world is chilling and convincing.

    Rachel Seiffert, The Observer

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