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A Guardian book of the year, 2017

A Spectator book of the year, 2017

Longlisted for the HWA Gold Crown, 2018

A wonderfully inventive and slyly constructed novel, horrifying, horribly funny, and disgracefully entertaining.  John Banville

Christopher Wilson’s biting Soviet satire, narrated with perfect pitch by a mordantly funny 12-year-old. The Bookseller

Christopher Wilson reimagines Stalin’s final days in power through the eyes of Yuri, a brain-damaged boy who becomes the dictator’s food taster. The result is a witty, tender, entertaining and sinister satire. Ayobami Adebayo.  Guardian 

Engrossing and very moving. Anita Sethi, The Guardian

This strange and brilliant novel... James Walton, Spectator

The quirky child narrator makes my heart sink faster than almost anything... Please give me less ...  Natalie Haynes, Saturday Review, Radio 4

This wonderfully irreverent satire... It's a very dark but also a very funny story, and Yuri is a wonderful creation. Simon Shaw, Mail on Sunday

Christopher Wilson’s The Zoo rather unluckily, played the death of Stalin for dark laughs just a couple of months before Armando Iannucci’s highly publicised film did much the same — although, if anything, the book was both funnier and even more hair-raising. James Walton

Shockingly funny. Claire Allfree, Daily Mail

The Zoo is a ripping modern homage to the likes of George Orwell and Aldous Huxley but is completely original in its execution. Herald Sun

Here's a truly brilliant, scathingly funny account of the last days of Stalin. Yup, don't rub your eyes, and just read on. A biting satire, historical revisionism of the highest order... a wonderfully entertaining read. Metro Style

Reads like Vonnegut meets Catch 22. Wildly original... Rabeea Saleem, Welsh Arts Review

The Zoo is exquisite. A biting satire that broke my heart. Nathan Filer

I absolutely loved it! So nimble and acute, by turns briskly hilarious and deeply humane… The Vonnegut comparisons are justified. Stephen Kelman

Riveting… The energy and originality of Christopher Wilson’s imagination is at its most striking in this fascinating novel. It’s narrator and central character, is so engaging that it’s impossible to put the book down. Diana Athill

Original and fresh, cynical and innocent, amusing and horrific, cruel and humane, plausible and unbelievable... brilliantly written and resolutely unsentimental. It’s funny and poignant and a wonderful book. Nicholas Searle