"Scintillating and subtly nuanced narrative. The secret of its success? Masterful prose, just free-form enough to imitate the whirligig of thought. Parks deserves to take a bow" (Alastair Sooke New Statesman
"Tim Parks is one of Britain's most underrated authors...His latest book, Cleaver
, is a dense, intriguing novel, prickly and strange...The novel's portrait of a disintegrating mind is skilful, a fine anatomy of a psyche that flickers between ordinary neuroses and megalomania, and it offers a pungent critique of the middle-class media and their obsessions. Alongside this ruthless acuity, there is as well a certain human warmth" (Henry Hitchings Financial Times
"One can only admire the intelligence and skill with which Parks interleaves the disparate worlds of Chelsea and Sudtirol...I have now read Cleaver
three times, and each has let me with greater respect for Park's abilities" (James Hamilton-Paterson Guardian
"Yet again, Parks has anatomised the complexities of the heart with a skill which few of his contemporaries can match" (David Robson Daily Telegraph
"Parks writes tragedy well and reveals Cleaver's piteous state, raw from loss and unable to mourn.....[Cleaver] is difficult to like and easy to judge, but he draws you into his world and convinces you to stay" (Katie Gould Scotland on Sunday
Profound and comic, the story of London TV journalist and interviewer Harold Cleaver, who suddenly walks away from his life to hide in the mountains of the Tyrol.