Reviews

  • Like Jonathan Raban and the early V. S. Naipaul, Phillips can do truly live reportage. The honesty and detail forces you to experience what the writer is going through . . . Whether he is writing fiction or non-fiction, he seems to hone every thought and word before he allows it to leave his head. That stillness beneath his words is what makes Caryl Phillips such an exceptional writer and this book so compelling

    Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Observer
  • So compelling and so original...The result is history and sociology at its most heartfelt

    Booklist
  • A powerful re-examination of the salve-trade and its terrible legacy

    Observer
  • A glowing, indicting, dignified and dissenting work... The Atlantic Sound is crucial, unputdownable

    Scotsman
  • 'A splendidly honest and vividly detailed venture into some of history's darkest corners-by a novelist who is also a superb reporter'

    Kirkus Reviews

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