• "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
  • "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