• It is hard to think of a better travel book written this century

    The Times
  • Shadow of the Silk Road is a work of boundless riches. Every paragraph carries a captivating phrase...offering up an understanding of our world today that is as immediate as tomorrow's news, yet infinitely profound

    Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
  • One of Thubron's great strengths is his compassion...his shimmering prose creates a wonderful book, so multilayered that, when I reached the end, I wanted to read it all over again

    Sunday Times
  • Rich in humour, compassion and history, another confirmation, if any more were needed, that Thubron is the pre-eminent travel writer of his generation

    Sunday Telegraph
  • A poetic volume - interesting, shocking and deeply engaging, the work of a mature writer at the top of his game

    Sara Wheeler, Daily Telegraph

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