• "Enthralling... He depicts a land of extraordinary physical beauty and interest and his prose is always elegant. Read this book for its human truthfulness and for unforgettable moments"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "Red Dust is a tour de force, a powerfully picaresque cross between the sort of travel book any Western author would give his eye-teeth to write, and a disturbing confession"

  • "It opens windows on landscapes small and vast, all still largely unobserved and unknown to Westerners"

  • "Honest, raw, insightful... The Chinese equivalent of On the Road"

  • "[Ma's] powers of description make every page buzz with life... Someone who could rank among the great travel writers"

    New York Times Book Review