The reviewer, D.J. Taylor, calls it:
A consistently fascinating attempt to chart the life of a geniune literary outsider
The title of the review stems from Edwards’s response to Middleton Murry’s criticism of a (now-destroyed) play he had written:
Your criticism of my play delighted me. Of course, you are substantially right – though you’re too good to me on the way it’s done: but then I can see its patches, and I have my own tricks and wickedness.
For details of Taylor’s review in the TLS – see ‘Patches, tricks and wickedness’ (subscription required).
For details of how to get a copy of Edward Chaney’s Genius Friend: G.B. Edwards and The Book of Ebenezer Le Page – click here.