• "One of our most compelling contemporary novelists"

  • "Colin Thubron's voice is unique: once heard, difficult to forget"

    Anita Brookner
  • "A tense, precarious achievement, brilliantly evoking a dangerous journey"

    The Times
  • "It is the sharpness of the topography that brings this book to life, the handling of the characters is equally impressive... Thubron has captured, with a vividness that few could match...the charms of a journey into the unknown"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "An intriguing and worthwhile success"

    Times Literary Supplement