“A cracking read with an amazingly original comic premise”

“A high-cultured romp. The crematorium episode, for example, stands comparison with the best comic novels.
It also pulls off two very difficult feats: being very readable, and creating its own believable world. St Wygefortis’ College emerges from the pages fully realised. Even the archetypally dull Fenland village is vivid. (The reviewer once lived next to a village off-licence that could very easily have sold ‘Santa Million’.) Its style has echoes (a nod to Nabokov, a shot of Waugh, a chaser of Chesterton), but isn’t derivative.”

“Such a wonderful read... witty, mysterious and interesting! Highly recommended!
I am really looking forward to the sequel.”

“Highly recommended for anyone looking for a heady cocktail of plot and pastiche, very elegantly put together, with gripping stories and hilarious jokes (ranging from the literary to the ludicrous).
Felix Culpepper is deplorably louche, but very entertaining.
The message has to be ‘hold on tight for a roller coaster read.’”

“Excellent book, unbearably exciting and witty.”

“A book of immense creativity and wit. A delightful waltz through a dark but enjoyable world”

“This book is the love-child of The Name of the Rose and Lucky Jim. Brilliant, glittering, fun, addictive.”

“No question that Major is the greatest comic novelist in English since Evelyn Waugh. I laughed, I cried. Bring on the sequel!”

“Engagingly devious: H. H. Munro ravished by Simon Raven.”

“I laughed so loud that the book fell or flew from my hands – not so much unputdownable as unnotpickupagainable.”