• "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