Connolly remorselessly points up social pretensions with the eye of Dostoevsky . . . this satire on human behaviour is timeless.
A writer of considerable power and subtlety.
Connolly creates a sense of intimacy and collusion with his reader that is rare in contemporary fiction.
He remains essentially a comic novelist, but one whose work has its dark, even sinister side . . . There is no other novelist today who writes quite like Connolly.
A lot of brilliantly observed detail . . . very funny and very sharp.