'Evokes a picture of a daily life in Britain that now seems sadly far away . . . a pleasure to read' The Tablet.
'A lovely, poignant book, not wasting a word and evoking place in a deep way' Archbishop Rowan Williams.
'One of the joys of this very joyful book... is the evocative recreation of a middle class childhood of the 1940s and 1950s before television and electronic games' Independent on Sunday.
'An absorbing account of where, why, and how a variously talented writer gradually came to realise that that was what he wanted to become' Times Literary Supplement.