A wonderfully inventive and slyly constructed novel, horrifying, horribly funny, and disgracefully entertaining. John Banville
Engrossing and very moving. The Guardian
Strange and brilliant novel. Spectator
Shockingly funny. Daily Mail
I have a pet hate of child narrators. Natalie Haynes, R4 Saturday Review
Reads like Vonnegut meets Catch 22. Wildly original... 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
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
Five things Yuri Zipit has learnt:
- That being the official food-taster for the Great Leader of the Motherland requires him to drink more vodka than his 12-year-old frame can handle.
- That you do not have to be an Elephantologist to see that the Great Leader is dying.
- That Yuri’s father is somewhere here in the Dacha.
- That it's a crime to love your family more than you love Socialism, the Party or the Republic.
- That some people were born to be disinvented.
But there’s something his comrades have yet to learn from Yuri: that being a brain-damaged child doesn’t make him a fool.