• "Irresistibly seizes the imagination"

    Evening Standard
  • "Combining the visceral pleasures of a thriller with the more intellectual excitements of a novel of ideas... Beautifully constructed...never less than engrossing"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "Vivid, admirably imagined, ultimately very moving...This is a novel of the very highest ambition...immediate, sensuous, beautiful"

    Alan Massie, Scotsman
  • "Combines dazzling erudition with assured narrative skills to offer glimpses of some of history's darkest corners, and stark and timely challenges to the very notions of civilisation and progress"

    Independent on Sunday
  • "A dazzling hall of mirrors... Ferociously ambitious... Illumined by a fizzing passion for the recondite"

    Daily Telegraph