A triumph, blurring literary boundaries, a dose of unabashed comic bravura, honouring British writing with awkward, self-conscious, jagged aplomb.
-- The Short Review 2008
Like literary cocaine, you'll want another quick line.
-- Bob Magazine,2007
Offbeat, unsettling, hilarious, Aromabingo is a solid step on from the accomplished Sawn-Off Tales. Gaffney is a name to watch.
-- Bookmunch, November 2007
Utterly brilliant. Hilariously demented and wonderfully succinct. David Gaffney’s Sawn-off Tales are little McNuggets of pure gold. This is writing at its best. (Graham Rawle )
David Gaffney writes truly 21st century stories for a fragmented and fragmenting world; they’re short, snappy and utterly addictive and they should be required reading for anybody trying to make sense of Britain in 2006; or for anybody in a bus queue with five minutes to spare. (Ian McMillan )
Funny, pointed, and sometimes even disturbing, Gaffney’s stories deserve to be read. (Jim Burns Ambit
Gaffney’s book will knock you out. Packed with emotion, annoyance, and social science fiction, its a testament to imagination and the skill of illustrating it. (Harlan Levey Modart
Gaffney has produced the kind of book that makes you wish you spent more time locked in your imagination and less time dismissing irreverent thoughts. There’s a parochial quality to this work that gives off a humble warm glow. Set in Woolworths, barber shops, and offices, Gaffney looks at relationships and his characters are all a little lost and tinged with pathos but surreally optimistic. Each story has a quirky end which make you wish Gaffney was allowed 15 minutes of time with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant to make his vision come to life. (Lianne Steinberg The Big Issue
Reality becomes dislocated and strange and words and phrases acquire a compelling importance in these sad, funny fables. They recall evanescent moments of connection and happiness. One hundred and fifty words by Gaffney are more worthwhile than novels by a good many others. (Nicholas Clee The Guardian