`queen of domestic wryness'
"...Simpson's art is...refined for being so seemingly effortless, unforced and entertaining." --New Statesman
"This collection is as brilliant as her previous ones." --The Lady
"The collection as a whole is carefully organised, with the lightest piece butting against the most death-haunted one..." --Guardian
"if its subject matter is undeniably uncheery, it is written with a lightness of touch - and a deep but understated poeticism' --Telegraph
One of the most sharply funny writers in England today -- The Times Literary Supplement
'Simpson's gifts are a lyrical vocabulary, an authoritative form, a special funny-sad quality and a subtlety of understanding' -- The Times
'When it comes to contemporary maestros of the short-story form, Helen Simpson is up there with Alice Munro...' -- Sunday Times
Book of a Lifetime. -- Independent
Short story credits In Flight Entertainment. -- Sunday Times magazine
`Helen Simpson rarely puts a foot wrong in these stories. She is a wry, humane and brilliant observer of our peculiar condition' --The Independent
'Clever and sharp'
'Short-story maestro Simpson has produced a collection that asks a central question'. --The Sunday Times
'Wickedly funny and painfully true.' --The Times
`Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy these first-class stories from the mistress of the genre.'
There isn't a word wasted in the whole book, a virtuoso series of variations on a theme...Simpson does not miss a trick. --Mail on Sunday, Max Davidson
`acerbic, humorous portraits of middle-class metropolitan life' --The Independent