'...refined taste, keen observation, and the ability to make the reader argue, passionately, with it.' -- Financial Times
'Intelligent, well-read and extremely confident' -- Gaurdian
`the world's leading critic.... Whether he praises or pillories, he makes you want to read the text he's freshly filleted.' -- Sun Herald
'the overall spirit and implication of this book are as important as its direct statements'
-- Irish Times
'there aren't many book reviewers like James Wood'
-- Sunday Telegraph
`James Wood is Britain's lost literary critic... very little literary criticism achieves that.' -- Evening Standard
`James Wood's enchanting new book...Witty, concise, and composed with a lovely lightness of touch' -- The Economist
`exceptionally illuminating... brilliantly acute and enticingly widely red work. It should be compulsory...' -- Herald
`this compelling essay shows just how deeply, sensitively, imaginatively and joyfully he reads' -- Scotland on Sunday
`what is impressive about How Fiction Works is its practical utility' -- TLS
'it's like being taught by a very good teacher...
your head will be ringing with images...they are beautifully chosen.'
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