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Eder, Richard. “Hearts of Darkness.” New York Times Book Review (6 February 2000): 11.

Eder offers a positive assessment of Pieces of Light.

Kinsella, John. “How to Spot an Englishman? He's the One with the Bag of Fetishes.” Observer Review (9 August 1998): 14.

Kinsella argues that Pieces of Light, is marred by Thorpe's self-consciousness and lack of focus.

Mangan, Gerald. “An Evening at the Ballet.” Times Literary Supplement, no. 5225 (23 May 2003): 24.

Mangan evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of No Telling.

Mars-Jones, Adam. “Paris 68: Tear Gas, Riots, The Beatles—and that Very Odd Business with the Vacuum Cleaner.” Guardian (8 June 2003): 12.

Mars-Jones compliments the “enormous amount of skill” that is evident in Thorpe's No Telling.

Wroe, Nicholas. “Africa Comes to Ulverton.” Guardian (15 August 1998): 10.

Wroe lauds Thorpe's narrative skill in Pieces of Light.

———. “Narratives of Life Caught on the Wind.” Guardian (20 January 2001): 11.

Wroe provides an overview of Thorpe's life and writing upon the publication of Shifts.

Additional coverage of Thorpe's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 129; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 92; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 231; and Literature Resource Center.

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