• "An epic tale and a beautiful evocation of a rapidly vanishing world"

    The Times
  • "The sort of novel that novel-lovers yearn for, which is to say, so convincing that while reading it you become transported to another time, another place, and feel you are listening and seeing with someone else's ears and eyes"

    Margaret Forster
  • "Endlessly fascinating...a narrative that is both gripping and beautifully paced...a wonderful read"

  • "Sayuri's memoirs reveal Golden to have great gifts of imaginative empathy...fascinating"

  • "This is one of those rare novels that evokes a vanished world with absolute conviction and in every detail... This book is exceptional"

    Daily Mail