"Brilliantly written, horribly truthful, utterly absorbing" (Kate Saunders The Times
"Morrison anatomises our times and achieves that rare thing: the creation of something substantial and important in fiction out of history as it unfolds in the here and now. His filleting of the new Labour zeitgeist is so ruthless and precise that one is torn between hilarity and despondency
" (Neel Mukherjee The Times
"Often very funny, constantly vigorous, constantly intelligent, constantly enjoyable" (Evening Standard
"An ambitious stab at a state-of-the-nation novel pitched somewhere between Jonathan Coe and Franzen" (Time Out
"Intimate and epic, compulsively readable" (Tony Parsons)
Compelling, contemporary, comic, a significant change of direction for Blake Morrison - a kind of English The Corrections
but sexier, sharper, broader and (for us) infinitely more recognisable.