• "Outstandingly the best account in recent years of life in the weirdest of all tropical islands"

    Norman Lewis
  • "Simply the best book I've read on Haiti... Bonjour Blanc is more than a travel book - his meticulous historical research and his courage to experience the most daunting adventures firsthand elevate him above the scoundrel-category of travel writer. He is a formidable historian and a first-class journalist"

    Andy Kershaw, Literary review
  • "A splendid, exceptionally detailed odyssey through the distressingly unregenerate republic of Haiti... Even by the standards of Latin America, it's a haven of fantastical stories, and Ian Thomson - who has the makings of a major stylist - milks the country's terrors and bizarreries to full measure"

  • "In Ian Thomson Haiti has acquired a new British chronicler of formidable power... This excellent book is distinguished by knowledge of the Creole language, the history and the impossible geography of this impossible country, and distinguished again by an understanding of the people"

  • "A lively account of life in Haiti that alternately stimulates sympathy, humour and despair... Bonjour Blanc is the fruit of no little courage and long research...a colourful, vital book of important insight"

    Financial Times

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