'Written with a rare intensity of both intelligence and feeling . . . a superbly realistic evocation of the journeys (both dark and comical) of the human heart'
Salman Rushdie, Observer
'Nothing on the shelf has quite prepared the reader for My Secret History . . . Parent saunters into the book aged fifteen, shouldering a .22 Mossberg rifle as earlier, more innocent American heroes used to tote a fishing pole. In his pocket is a paperback translation of Dante's Inferno . . . He is a creature of naked and unquenchable ego, greedy for sex, money, experience, another life'
Jonathan Raban, Observer
'Theroux's best creation, a character who is honest enough to know that he wants it both ways: to be the lover and also the solitary observer who betrays his loves by turning them into stories'
'Theroux's best fiction to date . . . combines the surfaces of memoir and travelogue with cunning fiction'
'Sharp, exact, very evocative . . . both disturbing and entertaining'
Anthony Burgess, Independent