'Brilliant, dazzling, unsettling; subtle and haunting; complex and multi-layered; deeply moving' -- Suzi Feay, Independent on Sunday 'A work of literary art, a mellow, beautifully constructed fable about the human hunger for goodness, it is by far the best thing Cartwright has done.' -- David Robson, Sunday Telegraph 'One of the finest novelists currently at work ... An altogether stunning achievement' -- D.J. Taylor, Guardian 'Hauntingly brilliant ... It is the best novel I have read this year.' -- Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph 'Apart from being a profoundly serious writer, Cartwright can also be an abrasively amusing one. Scarcely a page of this book fails to yield some pleasure. WHITE LIGHTNING is a book of substantial merit.' -- Francis King, Literary Review 'Beguiling. With this novel, Cartwright, a former Whitbread Award winner has put it all together - style, story, theme - to produce something exceptional.' -- Giles Newington, Irish Times 'Subtle and moving...Cartwright weaves the story of the man and the baboon with a magicians's delicacy...White Lightning underlines the intelligence and breadth of imagination that this former Whitbread Novel of the Year winner brings to every single paragraph of his work.' -- Daily Mail 'Justin Cartwright's new novel may well be his finest - in an already accomplished oeuvre. Wry, achingly true and profound without being sententious, it's a moving and bleakly funny look at life's hellish demands and occasional moments of happiness.' -- William Boyd, Guardian Books of the Year 'Cartwright is a wise and perceptive novelist, keen to probe the dark places of the human heart and the complexities of post-colonial Africa, and possessed of a laudable ability to capture life as it rushes past at terrible speed.' -- James Smart, Sunday Herald 'This is a moving story of a man totally alone, and a powerful evocation of a country yet to come to terms with its tragedy-strewn destiny.' -- Ros Drinkwater, LiveWire 20021001 'Cartwright is a beautifully evocative writer; also one who makes you think... The rhythm is perfect, and almost every page offers such delights.' -- Allan Massie, Scotsman 20020817 'No amount of irony or humour can blunt the remorseless message contained in this tender, terrible tragedy.' -- Rosemary Goring, Glasgow Herald 20020810 'Cartwright's portrayal of the relationship between the man and the baboon is masterly. You know it is going to end in tears - WHITE LIGHTNING is, above all else, a book of echoes - but still the ending packs a punch of frustration and sadness.' -- Claudia FitzHerbert, Daily Telegraph 20020803 'Cartwright is a hugely skilled writer and his novels are always interesting. [He] can produce passages of uncommon beauty.' -- Michael Thompson-Noel, Financial Times 20020824 'Exquisitely moving.' -- Edwina Currie, New Statesman Books of the Year 20021202 'Cartwright is a brilliant observer and writes extremely well. [He] has produced an X-ray of modern man's soul.' -- Anthony Daniels, Evening Standard 20020819 'Cartwright manages to combine the thrilling readability of genre fiction with the unpredictability and strangeness of a literary master. It's astonishing that he still isn't spoken of in the same breath as Amis and McEwen: he ought to be.' -- Suzi Feay, Independent on Sunday 20020819 'This questioning, elegiac novel is much more than just another portrayal of mid-life crisis. It deserves a place beside those accounts of Africa, from Conrad to Naipaul, which encapsulate an outsider's sense of this world as both alluring and forbidding, and always only half-understood.' -- David Horspool, Times Literary Supplement 20020819 'This is fictional skill of the highest order.' -- Penelope Lively, Independent 20020817
About the Author
Justin Cartwright was born in South Africa and educated in America and at Oxford University. His novel LEADING THE CHEERS won the Whitbread Book Award for 1998. Justin Cartwright lives in north London with his wife and two sons.