Praise for The India House: [T]he mood of gentle regret and a sense of living in a time out of place resembles no writer so much as Chekhov.
The India House builds on its somewhat dusty foundations to altogether dazzling effect.
Praise for Four Last Things: The depth and eloquence of this fine collection . . . might surprise even the most ardent admirers of his novels.
Praise for The Pardon of Saint Anne: Palmer's beautifully crafted novel convincingly unfolds for us a story of inadvertent complicity in acts of unspeakable evil.
Praise for The Contract: A beautifully written exploration of a once famous case that has uncomfortable relevance to our own times.
Praise for The Contract: A flawless and intelligent study of sex, politics and the abuse of power. It is both subtle and shocking: that is a rare and potent combination.
Praise for The Pardon of Saint Anne: [A] haunting work over which one wants simultaneously to hurry and to linger.
Praise for Leporello: [A]n extraordinarily skilful novel.
Praise for The Good Republic: Mr Palmer's book set a standard for an east European historical novel that has yet to be matched - an especially impressive feat for an outsider . . . It is a tribute to his novelist's skills that anyone reading the book has the feeling of complete authenticity in both history and geography. Readers are left longing for a sequel.
A vastly absorbing and entertaining study of this ever-interesting subject.
In Love with Hell is a fascinating and beautifully written account of the lives of eleven British and American authors whose addiction to alcohol may have been a necessary adjunct to their writing but ruined their lives. Palmer's succinct biographies contain fine descriptions of the writers, their work and the times they lived in; and there are convincing insights into what led so many authors to take to drink.