'A perky greeting card from hell' - Magnus Mills

'A clever left-field debut... surreally witty, it recalls the same European sense of experiment at work in Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco and Magnus Mills...' - The Metro

'We are in a mysterious "organisation" at the Salvador Dali level of reality... This is a little bit like The Prisoner, mixed in with a dash of Are You being Served?' - The Times

'Quirky and blackly satirical, The Outgoing Man emanates a Kafka-esque stench of stagnation and claustrophobia. Neath shows how even the most banal kinds of human interaction take us deep into the realms of the insane, the surreal and the grotesque' - Time Out

'The Outgoing Man, Glen Neath's first novel, is an attempt to do something different... a hint of Kafka, a smidgeon of Beckett, a few drops of Auster...an unusual and original novel' - The Guardian

'His nameless narrator is a genuine creation. His bewildered, slightly embarrassed account of events, particularly of a cack-handed attempt at seduction, is very cleanly and clearly rendered, and there are some nice surreal turns of phrase... it's enjoyable as a parody of almost every Kafka-Pinter nightmare you've ever read... The fun here is in following the bumbling brain-waves of the speaker.' - The Independent

'Ultimately, if The Outgoing Man can be said to be truly Kafkaesque it is because it cannot be bullied into any single interpretation. Metamorphosis alone has reputedly produced some 130 different readings. Neath's debut is unlikely to yield so many, but it will surely tantalise and delight those who try to unravel its numerous narrative threads' - Scotland on Sunday

'A refreshingly different, lively story' - The Herald

'His brilliant novel reminded me most of the Prix Goncourt-winning Jean Echenoz. Neath has that same eye for detail, coupled with the ability to analyse the here and now in a parallel fictional reality' - The Bookseller

'It's like being stuck in a lift with a deadpan comedian, waiting for a punchline that never comes. You have to keep going, or you risk losing any grip' - The Independent

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