Reviews

  • "A brilliantly-wrought expression of a thoroughly modern sensibility, a portrait of an accidental man adrift between frontiers"

    New York Review of Books
  • "The Road to Oxiana is part travelogue, part aesthetic manifesto and part social observation; it remains the most thoroughly readable of all books. And Byron is the ideal companion, witty, charming, irascible, and content to leave and be left alone"

    The Times
  • "The Road to Oxiana is an informed, somewhat high-flown account of the early Islamic architecture of Persia and Afghanistan wrapped in a comic narrative that ensured a far wider readership... Funny, didactic and biting, Byron's masterpiece transports us across the world and, better still, across the decades to splendidly alien lands"

    Independent
  • "My favourite travel book is Robert Byron's The Road To Oxiana, which started a new wave of travel writing. I took it on my first trip to Iran. I always take books about the places I'm visiting: I sat in a ruined mosque now populated by sheep and read Byron's wonderful descriptions of it. I think that sowed a seed for the Travel Bookshop"

    Sarah Anderson, founder of The Travel Bookshop
  • "I love literary travel books and this is the best one in the English language. Scholarly, eccentric and wildly opinionated"

    Tudor Parfitt, Geographical