• "If there ever was a lesson in how to construct a travel book, this is it. Eames has the acute eye and polished pen of an outstanding observer ... a splendid read"

    The Daily Telegraph
  • "Two terrific subjects ... the surprisingly adventurous life of Agatha Christie and the major hotspots of current world politics"

    Daily Mail
  • "Vivid and atmospheric ... Eames has succeeded in the difficult task of closing an entertaining travel narrative with the brutal conclusions of modern history"

  • "The best travel book of 2004"

    Daily Mail
  • "A thoroughly enjoyable read that combines an Agatha-centric travelogue with a thought-provoking journey through a benighted land"

    Geographical Magazine