• I have never made it as far as Siberia, but reading this book makes me feel as if I have actually been there. Thubron weaves his own observations beautifully with the history of this part of the world

    Lorraine Kelly, Sunday Express
  • Colin Thubron is in a class of his own in [having] a literary talent for reportage which is both crisp and lyrical

  • Captivating: a passionately engaged portrait of one of the earth's most mysterious regions...confirms Thubron's place in the pantheon of the writing greats

    Sunday Times
  • There are currently few writers and fewer books capable of transporting a reader to another place as beautifully as Thubron does in this work. It is simply superb

  • A profound meditation on how some of the great upheavals of this century touched ordinary lives

    Kazuo Ishiguro, Observer, Books of the Year

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