A meditation on time, memory, friendship and identity. It overturns the clichéd perception of America and gives a new depth to something which is often treated sensationally. Cartwright has a real talent for getting to the heart of different cultures and how we live now.
A vividly exceptional performance, both for the poetry of its descriptions and the largeness of its themes. It is an off-kilter study of America, from Jefferson to serial killers, and a meditation on the way people cope with death and the lack of meaning in life.
Such a complex and rewarding novel is only what you would expect from such a talented and original writer.
A book which is itself individual; eloquent, tender, as well as sharply observant and funny.
Excellent . . . sharply written episodes abound.
In Cartwright's skilful hands the ordinariness of circumstances is always juxtaposed with something so extraordinary that no doubt is left as to why his story has to be told.
An accomplished, and often entertaining, engagement with the paradoxical nature of the relationship between individuality and community
A wonderfully observed novel . . . lean prose and deft characterisation . . . A book which provides a rare outsider's glimpse of the quiet despair that lurks behind those bright, perfectly-formed American smiles.
Clever, funny and never quite predictable, Leading the Cheers takes the familiar theme of a mid-life crisis and offers a solution which is as unexpected as it is ingenious.
A richly comic novel. The writing is deeply textured.
Exquisitely unpredictable, witty and subtle meditation on American and its relationship with illusion.
Highly intelligent and moving. The lucidity and elegance of Cartwright's writing makes this an easy novel to read, and read quickly. But anyone who does so is likely to feel the need to go back and read it again, and even again, so rich is its moral complexity, so acute its observations, so profoundly does it question much of what we easily accept. It is a remarkable piece of work.