• 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

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