'Conrad is stunningly well-informed, compulsively allusive and equipped with the kind of imagination that transforms the base metal of contemporary history into pure gold '
Robert McCrum, Observer
'A blockbuster of a book, a work which will inspire admiration and wonder … writing with equal assurance about poetry, novels, painting, architecture, film and music '
'… a book with everything in it, a fascinating melange, going in all directions at once'
Hanif Kureishi, Guardian (Books of the Year)
'Tells the story of modern cultural history with unflagging freshness, and without an ounce of surplus stylistic fat'
Terry Eagleton, London Review of Books