Reviews

  • Masterly... A first-rate novel about the different bonds between men and the ineffable mysteries of love.

    Claire Allfree, Daily Mail
  • Doyle is justly renowned for his whip-smart dialogue... And there is beauty and compassion in Mr Doyle's sculpted, spare writing. Among all the banter and gags he manages to articulate feelings that are rarely expressed so fittingly... Love is a reminder that its author is one to treasure.

    Economist
  • Fast-paced and deceptively easy to read... Goes down as smoothly as gulps of beer.

    Boston Globe
  • So perfectly constructed it is hard to believe it is really just about two old school friends getting drunk, and drunker... [Love] seems to bottle what male friendship can be like.

    Chris Harvey, Irish Independent
  • Here is a paean to all things Irish. Fans of [Doyle] will be glad to follow old mates Davy and Joe through a pub crawl that is both elegiac and hilarious.

    Washington Post
  • Sharp, funny... Easy to read, hard to forget.

    Teddy Jamieson, Herald Scotland
  • A praise-song to the Irish pub... The reader is dropped into the familiar, perfect rhythm of Roddy Doyle's effortless dialogue...good humour and camaraderie.

    Erica Wagner, Financial Times
  • He's a comic genius.

    Diana Hendry, Spectator
  • No one does boozy male regret better than Doyle, and he's on typically fluent form in this slow-burn tale of two old friends... A narrative engine that Doyle has perfected over decades.

    Anthony Cummins, Mail on Sunday
  • Roddy Doyle might be our greatest poet of the pub... Love, his 11th novel, makes the pub not just the instrument but the object of affection. In structure, it is a bar crawl; in substance, it is a love letter.

    Susannah Goldsbrough, Daily Telegraph

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