• The author tells two stories in parallel: that of his own journey and a first-rate account of what happened eighty years before

    Max Egremont, Evening Standard
  • A book that amuses yet haunts, brisk at one moment, melancholy the next... an effortless blend of past and present

    Michael Sheridan, Independent on Sunday
  • Succeeds admirably in both parts: the travelogue weaves in and out, giving welcome relief from the sweat and fear, the sleeplessness, the fearful wounds and the killing... Masterly

    Daily Telegraph

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