• "The most enjoyable book ever written about the city"

    The Times
  • "Fascinating... Cities is a celebration of its subject's refusal to be explained or controlled"

    Lawrence Norfolk, Guardian
  • "An entertaining read"

    Literary Review
  • "Vastly entertaining... Reading Cities is like wandering with an erudite companion through a great city in which the past rubs shoulders with the present and surprises lurk around every corner"

  • "A superb historical account of the places in which most of either live or will live"

    Conde Nast Traveller