• "This is a jewel of a travel book, free of pretension, full of easy adventure, fresh with childlike wonder for the world."

    Travel Extra
  • "Nooteboom writes beautifully. His prose is clean and precise without feeling sparse, and he manages to combine clarity with intense lyricism"

    Rebecca Abrahams, Guardian
  • "Nooteboom has shown himself a master of ironic wisdom, but also of elated, elegiac feeling"

    Ben Rogers, Independent on Sunday
  • "A cause for gentle celebration"

    Time Out
  • "Observant and meditative"

    The Times