• "Masterfully portrays the desolate entities across which his characters move... Ambitious: read with the care it merits, it guides us towards a clearer and more accomodating view of the world"

  • "Shukman has Graham Greene's gift for capturing the essence of the exotic locations by using an individual, melancholy style... Consistently moving"

    Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph
  • "Shukman's prose is utterly seductive"

    Literary Review
  • "Shukman is superb, like Conrad on speed"

    Giles Foden
  • "Wonderfully evocative... A gripping, melancholy and intelligent book about the failures of romanticism, about personal responsibility, and about the wrong choices"

    Sunday Times