• "'Immensely powerful...a broad sweep of a book'"

    The Scotsman
  • "'Sinuously evocative...Masterfully told...Immensely ambitious, yet also immensely moving, A Desert in Bohemia deserves to follow Walsh's last novel, Knowledge of Angels, on to the Booker shortlist'"

    Daily Mail
  • "'A shimmering, fabulous story...Tragic, convincing, moving, this is a novel whose richness, complexity and, ultimately, optimism make the heart"

    The Times
  • "'A moving, gripping, ultimately optimistic, and intensely satisfying novel. Beautifully constructed and written...wonderful'"

    Harpers & Queen
  • "'Structurally and thematically ambitious...serious, yet enchanting'"

    Independent on Sunday