• Gray's dissection of modern delusion, cant and wishful thinking is to be welcomed in this moment of convulsion ... This is a book to learn from and argue with

    Ben Wilson, Literary Review
  • A thoroughly enjoyable book ... These essays cover a remarkable range of topics, from Isaiah Berlin to Damien Hirst, from torture to environmentalism. But their unifying theme is that our naïve belief in the idea of progress has turned modern life into a constant round of shadow-boxing

    David Runciman, Observer
  • A visionary ... one of the most reliably provocative and heterodox voices in British intellectual life today

    Jonathan Derbyshire, New Statesman
  • Gray has consistently anticipated the shape of things to come . . . he teaches us that true humanism is to be found in uncertainty and doubt

    Will Self
  • Invigorating...elegant, witty, incisive... Gray's assault on Enlightenment ideas of progress is timelier than ever

    John Banville, The Guardian

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