• A profoundly moving portrait of the region... Even now, years after I first read it, The Tree Where Man was Born seems imbued with precious vision

    Jeremy Seal, Sunday Times
  • The skilled naturalist writer is almost as rare as the Congo peacock or the pygmy elephant - both subjects of the quest Peter Matthiessen conducts in African Silences. 'Skilled' is almost an insulting understatement for Matthiessen's sharply captivating prose

    Gary Mead, Financial Times
  • The Tree Where Man Was Born is a truly magnificent book that will be just as important 50 years from now

    Peter Farb

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