'An excellent insight into the growing culture of intolerance ... On Offence should be required reading for all journalists, members of Parliament and anyone who gets offended on a regular basis.'
David Farrar, New Zealand Listener
'One of the books of the year ... an intellectual map for our times'
Martin Flanagan, Saturday Age
'Lively ... a bright and magnanimous reminder.'
'An extended essay of uncommon eloquence and brio.'
Geordie Williamson, The Australian
'King shows how mantras of political correctness, via a lengthy process of ideological entrenchment to rival that of the divine right of kings, have given rise to constant pronouncements of outrage threatening freedom of speech.'
Stella Clarke, 'Books of the Year', The Australian
'A coolly thoughtful analysis ... This is a book about right now. The question of what is sayable, and what should be, has seldom been such a live one.'
The Guardian (UK)
The Observer (UK)
'One of the many pleasures of reading Richard King’s On Offence is it allows you to sift the
old from the new. It appears to be an attack on political correctness. But King, an
Australian author, who deserves to be better read here, is from the Left and understands
that the great issues of any time are as likely to be fought out within the Left and the Right
as between the Left and the Right.'
The Spectator (UK)
'It is clear King is a fan of Clive James’ style and obvious delight in playing with
language. Despite dealing with some serious topics, On Offence is filled with humour and beautifully turned phrases.'
Beck Eleven, Weekend Press, Christchurch
'For King, a freethinking democracy provides expression for all opinions, even unpalatable ones. Exposing the hypocrisy of the current climate of overactive sensibilities, King
provides examples of how the insidious infiltration of what is “acceptable” and politically correct often results in reactionary backlashes that damage the very causes they promote.'
'Richard King is one of the most interesting of the new generation of Australian journalist/critics.'
'I dare say a great many people will be offended by Richard King's On Offence. Good. They can take a deep breath, count to ten, pull themselves together, and come to terms with what King convincingly demonstrates is integral to the functioning of civil society. This is a calm, clever, and lucid book.’
'Superb ... I read [King's article 'Offence Goes Viral'] on the train, furiously underlining and stifling myself from yelling out, "That's so true!"'