A novelist of exceptional gifts.
New York Times
All of Clarke's talent comes together: the understated compassion, the sly humour, the seductive language, and the adroit diversions.
Globe and Mail
It is hard to fault Clarke...good novels like his are rare.
In the quality of the prose, the depth of the humanity, the acuteness of sexual awareness, the importance of the political issues they address and in their social range, Austin Clarke's collected works simply outstrip the oeuvres of the late Timothy Findley or Robertson Davies by a country mile.
Globe and Mail
What makes Choosing His Coffin a wise choice for the discerning reader is a combination of Clarke's masterful storytelling skills, his social awareness, his flowing use of dialogue and his memorable characters, all of whom are drawn with heart and wit.
The Brantford Expositor
Twenty of the finest short stories from Clarke's more than 40 years of storytelling.
The Star Phoenix
[Clarke's] rich, twisted humour grows like a fungus out of the blackened core of human nature, making us smile even as its poison creeps in our blood.
The Hamilton Spectator
...amongst the wide range of his talents — his alternately explosive and razor-sharp facility for dialogue, the joyful musicality of his prose, his deadly sense of satire, his raucous and startling plots, his hilarious characters and caricatures — at the centre of it all is his remarkable feeling for place. He is one of only a handful of writers who captures with perfect mournfulness the hollow grittiness of Toronto's downtown streets.
Quill & Quire