"In a novel premised on stagnation, the incremental but inevitable deterioration of both major characters becomes an unexpectedly gripping drama, fueled by the attraction of repulsion. . .[A] unique and chilling novel."--The New York Times Book Review
"Social dominance, and the violent means used to maintain it, unites the various storylines in The Warlow Experiment
. . .Ms. Nathan stages a series of moral awakenings and comeuppances that overturn the expected order of things. . .Warlow's plight itself is indelible, both pungent and horrifying in its details and profound as a metaphor--a symbol of upper-class barbarity stashed away in the cellar like a telltale heart beating beneath the floorboards."--The Wall Street Journal
"This unusual historical novel will reward readers with the ripe inquiry it makes of a peculiar subject."
--The Washington Post
"Sardonic comedy takes on deeper resonances in a tale, rich in period detail, of a ruinously backfiring experiment."--The Sunday Times, London
"[Nathan has a] delicacy of touch. . .Shocking and convincing. . .The complications that ensue, rooted in the initial wrongness of the experiment, take us into the deep heart of blunted male emotion. . .[An] impressive novel." --The Times Literary Supplement
"Original and beautifully written, this is a meaty and gripping novel of obsession gone sour." --Daily Mail, London
"I read Alix Nathan's beautifully constructed new novel about an experiment most strange at great speed: its sentences, imagery and import call you onward and ever deeper. More than once since I finished I've looked down and wondered what might be going on just a few feet below or above me. The Warlow Experiment
gets into your head."--Laird Hunt, author of The Kind One and In the House in the Dark of the Woods
"Unusual, gripping and emotionally complex--I loved this book."
--Sally Magnusson, author of The Sealwoman's Gift
"This is an extraordinary, quite brilliant book."--C. J. Sansom, author of Tombland
"A powerful and unsettling novel, both fascinating and infinitely strange."
--Andrew Taylor, author of The King's Evil
"An allegory of prison culture at its cruelest. . .[The Warlow Experiment
] is a powerful rebuke to the notion that withholding compassion can somehow be corrective. Nathan's main strength is her keen characterizations of all involved. . .A sturdy historical novel about the perils of pseudoscience." --Kirkus Reviews