'A frighteningly good memoir'
Andrew O'Hagan London Review of Books
'Germs is not only elegantly written; it is a human document of considerable power and importance'
John Armstrong Independent
‘A masterpiece – an unclassifiable work of startling originality in which the acutely sensual and confusedly cerebral experience of infancy, boyhood and adolescence is brilliantly recreated’
'Wollheim's powers of description astound...Because of the intensity with which a remarkable man has offered us a view of his inner self, I doubt whether anyone who has read it will forget it'
Diana Athill Literary Review
'Pungently truthful, complex and original'
Alan Hollinghurst Guardian