Some fine, perceptive members of the press have made comments about me in the past, mostly whilst in a state of inebriation or under threat of exposure. Here’s a few of them …

[His] sense of humour is as silly as mine

Chris Tarrant

(Okay, he’s not press but it was a nice comment)

An engaging and highly commercial talent

Publishing News

Wonderfully unexpected

The Times

(The actual Times, too, of London, not the East Gruntlebury Times or something, who, if they exist, are wonderful I’m sure)

There’s a sharp, post-modern consciousness at work here

New Scientist

(They still haven’t told me quite what that means but I puff my chest out on the assumption it isn’t rude)

(And I’m thinking of having a sign made up with this on it that I can hang on the door of my writing room)

The author’s greatest strength [is] his characterisation

The Dark Side

(True dat, and  – if I may be allowed an opinion – never better demonstrated than in ‘Tails of a Country Garden’)