• "Evoke the nostalgic China of "old China hands," replete with rickshaws, coolies and singsing girls...satisfying accounts of the follies and foibles of the British diplomats and expatriates who stubbornly ignore the native culture and labor to create little enclaves of Chelsea and Soho in Asia"

    Los Angeles Times
  • "Masterly...carefully wrought prose sketches...The magical, mysterious East is richly portrayed"

  • "A fascinating volume - vivid, thoughtful, full of colour"

    New York Times