"These are stories in the easiest and most pleasurable sense of the word. MacLaverty's work is in a line from Chekhov, via Frank O'Connor" (Anne Enright Guardian
"I have not read anything as good for a long time" (Literary Review
"Eleven exquisite examples of the genre... MacLaverty writes with consumamte skill... This is a book to cherish and one to read and re-read with pleasure in the skilful craft of its composition" (Irish Independent
"MacLaverty is an exhilarating, tender, humorous wirter... who can set a scene and create a character with Chekhovian delicacy and economy... He reminds us that although life is a dangerous, painful business, we should never despair" (Sunday Telegraph
"This stupendous new book - crucial, shattering sentences - that express, modestly, monumentally the achievement of this extraordinary writer. He is in behind your eyes before you feel his thinking knife ...Matters of Life and Death is a great book.
The explicit presiding literary presence is Chekhov. Not reached nor striven for, innate, rather" (Candia McWilliams Scottish Review of Books
An exquisite story collection yet from a contemporary master of the form.