'It's the kind of book Jane Austen would've written if she'd been male and hipper.'

'It's The Name of the Rose if Sean Connery's character was a conglomeration of self-aware spores instead of a medieval monk.'

'If Virginia Woolf had a younger sister with a passionate interest in icebergs – '

'This book is probably the first introduction to disciplined introspection in over 100 years.'

'A powerful depiction of humanity personified.'

'George has fallen in love with Lucy. A prostitute. Worse, a robot.'

'No leader of modern times was more unique and more uniquely national than Charles de Gaulle.'

'James Brabazon has written a fully-adrenalised book.'

'If Joan London never writes another word, The Good Parents is more than enough.'