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‘A savagely brilliant novel … Brimming with comic brio and nuanced psychological insight, ‘Idiopathy’ signals the arrival of an exciting new talent … If ‘Idiopathy’ was half as fun to write as it is to read I suspect Mr Byers found some happiness along the way.’ David Annand, Sunday Telegraph
‘Brilliant … a mordantly riveting first novel about what it's like to be a thirtysomething.’ John Lanchester, Observer
‘Laced with satirical verve . . . this is a savagely funny debut from a gifted, cynical new voice.’ Joseph Charlton, FT
‘Will make you purr with delight. It’s well observed, light on its feet and never less than entertaining, with elegant ruminations on sex, love and loneliness that offset by some sublime comic riffs on the state of the nation.’ Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler
‘Scabrously funny, beadily vigilant and often piercingly perceptive … it’s hard to fault the enthusiasm with which Byers goes about his task, or the vicious wit he brings to it.’ Trevor Lewis, Sunday Times
‘Page by page, an almost indecently entertaining book. Byers goes beyond being merely a talented comic novelist … insights bring the deeper laughs – and they are what allow him to turn the corner, as the novel reaches its climax, into something altogether more poignant and more serious.’ Sam Leith, TLS
‘Brimming with comic brio and nuanced psychological insight , Sam Byers’s first novel, “Idiopathy”, signals the arrival of a new talent.’ Telegraph
‘Even as Idiopathy threatens to become an emotional abattoir, Byers’s prose remains spreadsheet-specific, mock analytical, funny . . . [Byers] has taken a laudable risk in turning his Bovarys bovine and Kareninas sheepish.’ Joshua Cohen, The New York Times Book Review
‘Byers has a quicksilver prose style and an easy, unlabored way of getting his point across . . . A sad, poignant and funny debut, deeply relatable and replete with promise for the author’s future.’ Time Out New York (4 out of 5 stars)
Sam Byers was born in 1979. Idiopathy is his first novel. It has been chosen for the Waterstones 11, the annual shortlist of the book chain’s favourite fiction debuts.
It is terrible. So badly written it's painful to read. It reads as if the author wrote a short dull boring book and his Ceative Writing course taught him about interior monologue... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Titania
I took a while to get into the story but as I got more involved I saw how true and how funny it was. The characters are complicated but they make their own complications! Read morePublished 3 months ago by H. Davies
This book is one of several I have read recently about 'my' generation - people who are in their 20s and 30s in the 2000s and 2010s. Read morePublished 9 months ago by BookWorm
Its horrible finishing a book and thinking " what a complete waste of time".
Sorry to say it but, this book was so awful! Read more
I don't often write reviews. In this case it's almost a public duty to warn others from wasting precious time on this. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dr. Mark A Price
1st review for me
I just didnt like any of the characters of the book
and mainly because nobody really changed anything about themselves
It was all internal dialogue... Read more
I couldn't engage with this novel at all but persevered because it had such great reviews. Really wish I hadn't bothered now. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sarah Mackey
Dull, slow and predictable, based around a set of profoundly unlikeable and implausible characters. Is anyone quite as nasty as Katherine, as shallow as Daniel and as pathetic as... Read morePublished 14 months ago by C. S. C. Martyn
Very funny to start with but gradually became same old, same old. Not quite as good as The Independent would have you believe.Published 16 months ago by Vivienne Cawson