'I started reading Paul Theroux's Sir Vidia's Shadow, the story of his friendship with V.S. Naipaul over thirty years and five continents - its origins, development, and sad, enigmatic termination. I couldn't as they say, put it down. I don't know of a more revealing study of the peculiar nature of friendship between professional writers, an unstable compound of empathy, solidarity and rivalry. Theroux's portrait of Naipaul... may be [his] finest literary creation.'
David Lodge, Guardian Books of the Year
'The portrait of Naipaul that emerges is uproariously believable... Most people are damaged human beings. What distinguishes writers is that they can turn their damage into something life-enhancing... is what Sir Vidia's Shadow resplendently does.'
John Carey, Sunday Times