• "A wonderfully engaging novel"

    Melissa McClements, Financial Times
  • "Imagine Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude on the empty plains of central Asia...The Railway is a bold and inventive, if damning, whirl through Central Asia's 20th-century history"

    Charlotte Hobson, Daily Telegraph
  • "It is a work of rare beauty - an utterly readable, compelling book"

    Craig Murray, New Statesman
  • "A poet's novel, full of memorable descriptive passages and heart-wrenching asides"

  • "All picaresque exuberance, a jumble of influences from Persian to Soviet and beyond"

    Catherine Lockerbie, Sunday Herald