This is an intelligent, consciously disarming book, packed with ideas, jokes, good stories, small triumphs and larger regrets.
A charming memoir ... real intelligence and true feeling - and sense of humour. That makes him (Rick) a great companion, and I would be happy, on a long train journey, to sit in between Rick and Matilda, the one very big, the other very small, but made of the same stuff.
Think Bill Bryson, only on books.
A wonderful account of a life immersed in books ... which reads like a performance from a seasoned raconteur: extremely funny and seamlessly structured.