• "It is Mahfouz's wonderful ability to delineate human beings from their outer appearances which gives Palace Walk its universal appeal. I shall read it again and again"

  • "Naguib Mahfouz's wonderfully readable family saga provides a riveting and accurate portrait of Egyptian society"

  • "There is nothing in world literature quite like Palace Walk... This is writing worthy of a Tolstoy, a Flaubert or a Proust"

  • "A masterpiece"

    The Times
  • "Naguib Mahfouz's CAIRO TRILOGY puts all contemporary writers in the shade. He is the Arab Tolstoy"

    Simon Sebag Montefiore, Twitter