• "A psychologically intricate, flawlessly researched tale of Stalin's legacy through the eyes of a disillusioned old communist. It felt as English as Le Carre with its elegant Cold War scene-setting and quiet but intense emotional range."

    Melissa Katsoulis, Times
  • "This is a double headed story that is both sad and compelling"

    Nina Caplan, Timeout
  • "Szalay weaves a multilayered narrative ripe with period detail... A challenging thriller... Gripping"

  • "Impressive... Still in his mid-thirties, Szalay will surely soon be adding more prizes to his Betty Trask"

    The Sunday Times
  • "Szalay moves skilfully across time and shows that history's end is not prophesied in books, but written in the wind"

    Steven Martin, The Big Issue