• "A hypnotic, mystical tale of street children... Ultimately, this is a wonderful book about the importance of stories, its own sheer quality providing its best argument"

    John Harding, Daily Mail
  • "Nelio's story is unfurled with pace and drama... Mankell writes eloquently of the realities of poverty and violence without becoming sugary or expert craftsman"

  • "A wonderful, lyrical is hard to leave Nelio at the end"

  • "This is a deeply affecting read, one of those rare novels whose taste lingers for days afterwards"

    Barry Didcock, Sunday Herald
  • "An elegant story about storytelling"

    Tristan Quinn, Literary Review