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  • One of the oldest, most mysterious and fascinating cities in the world has found a worthy biographer: a rare event and one not to be missed

    Sunday Times
  • One of the most subtly beautiful books about a city I have ever read

    Jan Morris
  • Colin Thubron writes in a classical style of grave beauty, with an intense feeling for place and people

    New York Times
  • From the earliest legend to the latest coup, Mirror to Damascus reflects every discoverable facet of the city... a quite exceptional travel writer

    Daily Telegraph
  • One of the great merits of Mr Thubron's admirable book is that he balances this tribute to a place of which he is clearly very fond with the harsh facts of history... he was always moved by the best motives - curiosity and affection

    The Times

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