Reviews

  • "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"

    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 didactic...an expert craftsman"

    Observer
  • "A wonderful, lyrical fable...beautiful...it is hard to leave Nelio at the end"

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

    Sunday Herald
  • "An elegant story about storytelling"

    Literary Review