"Anthony McGowan made a hilarious debut with Hellbent,
a modern take on Dante which manages to mix existentialist and determinist philosophy with quite surprising amounts of poo" (Anthony Horowitz Sunday Telegraph
"A wisecracking helterskelter . . . Real boys' stuff . . . but watch out for a twist in the novel's devilish tail" (Hepzibah Anderson Observer
"A brilliantly nauseating thriller . . . It is a devilishly funny, clever and moving novel" (Amanda Craig The Times
"Dante for beginners with a serious moral message" (Geraldine Brennan TES
"Every writer hates to hear the words "stunning new talent" applied to someone else, but in the case of Anthony McGowan nothing else will do" (Meg Rosoff)
A brilliantly funny, occasionally tender and always surprising view of a sixteen-year-old boy's Hell - an explosive cross between Terry Pratchett and Dante!