'Bissett's ear for cut and thrust, for chiv-sharp wit and tinder-dry insult is incisive, pitch perfect, informed...the writing is subtle, well-paced, authentic and compelling...from the start the story transports you aboard its wheeled madhouse in the company of a colourful band of yahoos that Geoffrey Chaucer would be pleased to have invented'
"A unique and special novel. I honestly haven't read anything as impressive as this from a Scottish writer in yonks"
'Bissett writes subtly, intelligently yet also passionately about men...an outstanding novel'
'The largest Scottish army ever to invade England was not led by William Wallace: it was the 150,000 Rangers fans who descended on Manchester for the 2008 UEFA cup final at Old Trafford. Bissett was there, and his novel vividly recalls the so-called Battle of Piccadilly...He casts an unsparing eye over the sectarian pollution of Scottish society'
'Told with narrative flair and demotic brilliance, this is a hugely funny, ruthlessly honest and desperately necessary book'
'If Scotland's father of working class consciousness James Kelman had a literary son it might be Alan Bissett...funny, irreverent and moving, let's hope [Pack Men] gets the readership and recognition it deserves'
'Pack Men is a wry, entertaining and mature work...Bissett succeeds in making us root for the most unlikely of antiheroes, even as he implodes'
'Pack Men should be required reading for both sets of supporters...Along with the sectarian backdrop, Bissett tackles questions of personal identity, male bonding, sexuality and above all class in a narrative that sneaks much of that subject matter under the surface of a blistering, adrenaline-fuelled romp'