The Scotsman, October 2nd 2004
'This is a clever book. And that is meant as a compliment... From the sepia cover to the mock advertisements at the back of the book, the joke is carried out with style and the writing never falters.'
The Sunday Herald, 26th September 2004
'I thoroughly enjoyed this rich admixture of social history, 19th-century engineering and fantasy...'
Times Literary Supplement, November 19th 2004
'If Queen Victoria's primary contribution to nineteenth-century Scottish culture was a sentimental "Balmorality" view of the Highlands, then it is a contribution Andrew Drummond has taken great delight in demolishing... Kininmonth is an attractive creation, for all his faults. In a marvellous scene on the pier, Kininmonth, astride a runaway horse and having set fire to his clothes, is thrown into the sea: it is a comic moment worthy of anything by Smollett or Sterne.'
Bratach, December 2004
'I cannot recommend this book too highly: it is hugely entertaining, very funny; satirical and intelligently written... It ought to be a best-seller.'
Carl MacDougall: 'An ambitious project brilliantly realised, and a successful first novel...'
Scotland on Sunday, September 19th 2004:
'This weighty pastiche of Victorian optimism encompasses railways and religion, dissenters and engineers, and ... shows every sign of an ambitious and interesting new voice...'
The Sunday Times, September 26th 2004:
'A Scottish Mr Pooter, [Kininmonth] clings to his tattered dignity in the face of ever more preposterous plot developments, including a farcical accident which results in his being mistaken for a fiery angel out of Revelations. Drummond perfectly captures the ponderous tone of this strangely endearing character, with his heavily signalled attempts at wit and his determination to take his place in history.'
Guardian On-line, December 9th 2004:
'Andrew Drummond`s spectacularly titled debut novel ...'
Amazon Customer review, 16 November 2005:
'This unique novel is as much fun - and every bit as sly - as Russell Hoban's Ridley Walker, but a LOT less work!'
Amazon Customer review, 6 February 2012:
'There are few reviews of this book, which is a shame, because it is really a fantastic work of fiction.'
Good Reads, 20 October 2013:
'Made me laugh...not a difficult read; it's anything but... having read it we realise that it may be saying far more than first appeared, and that we shall need to read it again to be sure. Luckily, this is no hardship.'
NewBooksMag, January 2005: 'The story is packed with incidents and elements of comedy. I also found the writing convincingly late nineteenth century in tone...'