Banks's relaxed fluency - the direct, funny, unpretentious intelligence of his writing, which, along with his teeming imagination, made him perhaps Britain's best-loved major contemporary novelist.
Banks' handling of big, complex themes is skilful and satisfying, and he concludes on a quietly moving note of compassion.
A quietly incendiary piece of writing, at times heartbreaking, at other times really wonderfully funny ... a profoundly humane, funny and smart novel.
A novel shot through with Banks's trademark humour, political engagement and hope.
A compelling, raw book
Wonderfully exuberant ... written with the life-enhancing verve characteristic of Banks's best work.
Vintage Banks, full of heart, black comedy and vitriol.