“Lawrence Norfolk is a genius.” —Louis de Bernières

“Norfolk . . . he’ll be remembered. He invented a new form in some ways. He has a good ear for the language and an original vision of the nature of things. He is also very playful [and] totally accessible. Not hidden away in some academic corner; he is right in the middle of the British literary tradition.” —AS Byatt

“One of the finest novels of the nineties . . . Lempriere’s Dictionary is a novel quite comparable in scale, intelligence and literary playfulness to the work of Thomas Pynchon or Umberto Eco.” —Malcolm Bradbury, The Modern British Novel 1878-2001

“The biggest book—in every sense—to be published in English since the Second World War . . . I was thrilled and engaged by its brilliance.” —Tibor Fischer on The Pope’s Rhinoceros

“Ambitious . . . impressive . . . dazzling. . . . Norfolk can palm an entire era in a single devastating image.” —San Francisco Chronicle on In The Shape of a Boar

“Lawrence Norfolk is just about ahead of everyone in his generation of English novelists.” —The Observer (London)

“Norfolk’s ferocious, greedy originality of angle and expression evokes continuous astonishment.” —The Times Literary Supplement on Lempriere’s Dictionary