Joe Gladstone’s North Cumbrian gourmet guesthouse is losing a packet, not least because of the unusual requirements he makes of his would-be guests. Meanwhile, his wife Liz has embarked on her first extramarital affair at the age of seventy, and has started having spiritual visions. John Murray’s latest comic extravaganza features a wild dialect epic, as well as some diverting table talk about the ethics of eating and drinking."One of the best comic writers we've got, the only natural heir to Flann O'Brien."
- Jonathan Coe, The Observer