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  • Russell Hoban is our Ur-novelist, a maverick voice that is like no other.

    Sunday Telegraph
  • 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
  • This wonderful, life-saving fantasy places Russell Hoban where he has got to be - among the greatest, timeless novelists.

    The Times
  • Crackles with witty detail, mordant intelligence and self-deprecating irony.

  • [Turtle Diary] has medicinal qualities. I only need to think about it and I'm in a better mood.

    Max Porter
  • A story about the recovery of life ... Like other cult writers - Salinger for instance, or Vonnegut - Hoban writes about ordinary people making life-affirming gestures in a world that threatens to dissolve in madness.

  • This lovely human fable seems to me one of the best things of its kind - a fine and touching achievement.

    John Fowles
  • Tragicomic pleasure ... Metaphysical speculation undercut by dry humour is the signature style of Russell Hoban.

    Richard Preston, The Times

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