• "A completely beguiling novel. always giving the reader a sense of being there. Very engaging"

  • "Wholly delightful, intelligent, funny and unexpected. A remarkable book, offering sheer delight"

  • "A simple story, seductively told, it touches and lifts up the beauty of human experience far beyond the mountains of Western China in which the story is set"

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "Highly original and sweetly charming"

    The Times
  • "If you read only one novel, choose this one: it's worth a hundred"

    Le Figaro