"How embarrassing. This book contains little biography, instead Boyle uses the biographical bits as a platform for the same jokes he does in his standup, which is a shame as I would have liked to find something out about how he developed into the comedian he is. Alas no."
"Worse than the first. More topical jokes. Hardback feels like too permanent a format for such disposable content, which is again a shame as I believe Boyle is capable of writing a half decent book, God knows why. His defence of his offensive jokes is exceptionally lame."
"From what I can gather, Bellow was good in all formats, the novel, the novella and the short story. This excellent novella about a man trying to make sense of his life (all Bellow books are basically about the same thing) is a great place to start with the great man's oeuvre."
"I wasn't surprised to find that Bellow struggled with this one. The two threads in Bellow (the philosophical meanderings and discriptions of life) aren't blended in this one but are set in stark opposition for the richer and poorer of the novel. I have never read a book as brave in structure and narrative as this one."
"A strange bellow, (one of the central scene's involving a pickpocket's lewd behaviour is very bizarre). The intense humour of this book isn't new, but the cynicism of it certainly is, but my god it works! Perhaps my favourite Bellow after H's Gift."
"A magisterial biography of cancer. There are better books on the history of medicine (Porter et al) but there is not better book on the history of oncology and the author's clinical commitments and personal experience add a weight to the history that feels almost novelistic. Recommended."