• "A more ambitious novel than Captain Corelli, and a better one"

    Financial Times
  • "A mesmerising patchwork of horror, humour and humanity"

  • "A magnificent, poetic, colossal novel... Superbly written... It is, in every sense, a sublime book"

    Irish Times
  • "His most serious and ambitious achievement to date"

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "Pleasurable... Like Steinbeck, de Bernières deserves praise for his imaginative sympathy"

    Independent on Sunday