SPLITTING THE ATOM, 1990
“chunky, ambitious and wonderfully enjoyable.” Nick Hornby, Daily Telegraph
“An ambitions, unusual and always interesting novel…convincing and moving…wildly funny and touching…there is no doubt about Amidon’s ability. He is what publishers love most: one to watch.” Margaret Forster, Sunday Times
“Amidon is at this point: what he doesn’t write about you simply don’t want to read about, at least for the duration of the novel. And what he does, he does expertly. You cannot ask much more of fiction.” Tom Shone, Independent
“[Amidon] turns the parched desert into a semi-real landscape pregnant with telling details in a sizzling parable about finding a moral fulcrum in a throwaway society” Publishers Weekly (Starred review)
“Tough and enthralling.” Nick Hornby, Esquire
“Thirst is a brilliant novel and, true to its title, it leaves you crying out for more.” Times Literary Supplement
“As vivid as it is surreal.” Kevin Miller, Harvard Review.
“Highly recommended.” The Guardian.
“there is much fine writing in “Thirst,” Mr. Amidon’sfirst novel to be published on this side of the Atlantic. An American living in England, he vividly evokes Arizona’s sun-sapped desert communities.” Lauren Picker, New York Times Book Review.
THE PRIMITIVE, 1995
“Amidon drags his reader kicking and screaming along a rollercoaster of modern emotions. As finely crafted as we have come to expect and with a crescendo like a rabbit kick to the gut. Read it.” Will Self
“Amidon’s new novel is a fluid, snaky thriller of great momentum…Amidon’s storytelling skill is considerable.” Times Literary Supplement
“absorbing …splashed as it is with amusing anecdotes and reflections on…consumer culture.” Karen Angel, New York Times Book Review.
“Amidon performs an … impressive balancing act in his erotic thriller…fusing a compassionate analysis of a high-risk love affair with an intriguing and original crime caper set in a sleepy backwater of the American South.” Glyn Maxwell, Vogue
“An icy parable of the way we live now.” The Times