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  • Magic at work ... Funny as well as beautiful.

    Irish Times
  • Amazingly, the mythology is sustained in totally modern terms, desolate, comic and urban.

    Time Out
  • A piece of invention as original as any of Tolkien's or C.S. Lewis's.

    New Statesman
  • Worth rejoicing in ... a banquet of whimsical delights. Each Russell Hoban book is surprising ... but you also know what you're getting, which is curiosity, wonder and a world-encompassing empathy.

    John Self, The Guardian
  • Mr. Hoban is unclassifiable, thank goodness. His narrative is so minutely and compellingly realistic that after a time you cease to notice that he has stood reality on its head.

    Sunday Times

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