Editorial Reviews: Review:
"....[S]omething sly and sinister creeps into the story by way of Tarqin's digressions and asides, until, finally, we get it. This man is not unaware of himself. He knows what he is doing and what he is telling us about himself. His parenthetical revelations produce little shivers of shock. He lifts the lid on his cooking pot and when we see what ingredients are really in his stew, our horror is all the greater because we had been so skillfully encouraged until then to be innocent."
Richard Bernstein, New York Times, 05/08/1996
"[Lanchester's] publishers have, typically enough, described it as 'an astonishing debut'. Oddly enough, an astonishing debut is exactly what it is....THE DEBT TO PLEASURE is very clever, beautifully choreographed and often hilariously funny."
Craig Brown, Literary Review, March 1996