• "Beautifully crafted and spellbinding"

    Daily Mail
  • "A bravura rendering of historical detail... Japin's greatest accomplishment is the narrator's tone in which the voice of an embittered old man merges with that of a perceptive but scared and betrayed child"

    Independent on Sunday
  • "An elegant and ultimately moving fictional reworking of another troubling chapter of Europeans in Africa and Africans in Europe"

    Caryl Phillips
  • "Mesmerising... Like Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha, Japin's ventriloquism is virtually flawless"

    Time Out
  • "A deeply humane book about a spectacularly exotic subject"

    New York Times Book Review

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