The Used Women’s Book Club, Bloomsbury, June, 2003
A satire on contemporary sexual mores and a guided tour to the city’s murderous past tied by literary threads and haunted by ghosts…. Bryers writes with freshness, wit and a lively appreciation of a city’s dark history. Chris Petit, The Guardian.
Bryers gives his smart sex comedy a black but hopeful heart and a sharp sense of what it’s like to live in contemporary London…. Witty, acerbic, 99.9 per cent excellent. Literary Review.
Erudite and witty but always gripping, Bryers has produced a top-drawer thriller.
Good Book Guide.
The Prayer of the Bone, Bloomsbury, Random House
An elegant and unearthly literary mystery… told lyrically by Bryers, a careful stylist who selects even the simplest words with the discriminating eye of a shore walker gathering small, smooth stones washed up from the sea. New York Times
Stylish, intricate…Bryers’s novel has the same atmospheric intensity as Snow Falling on Cedars, replacing David Guterson’s Amero-Japanese culture clash with 350 years of suspicion between colonised and English colonisers” – Sunday Times.
In A Pig’s Ear, Bloomsbury, Farrar Strauss and Giroux
Bubbling with rare charms and full of spell-binding irony, In A Pig’s Ear, foams away like a magic potion - potent, effervescent, intoxicating. Its heady cocktail of legends past and modern grotesques forms a rapturous tale, rich in symbolism, disturbing in humour. TLS
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‘A rollicking Metropolitan comedy of manners... genuinely laugh-aloud funny’ Independent on Sunday
Absorbing and well-written… Bryers may well be the best of his type now operating’ Nick Hornby, Sun Times
‘A literate, sympathetic modern comedy and a satisfyingly accurate picture of these sinning times’ GQ
‘As near as anything I’ve seen to being the Lucky Jim of the eighties,’ Stanley Reynolds, Sunday Mirror
‘Shrewd satirical observation and a good deal of excellent slapstick,’ Observer
‘A very funny novel... full of jokes and consistently enjoyable’ Daily Telegraph
‘As a storyteller Bryers is superb’ Time Out