• "The voice of Small Memories is so immediate, genial and full of simple affection for the boy he was, that reading it feels very much like sharing a fireside with a talkative uncle"

  • "A moving account of his childhood and adolescence...Small Memories will delight"

    The Spectator
  • "A real insight into the making of a great writer"

  • "It's impossible not to be charmed by this fluid, spontaneous-seeming memoir of boyhood from the late Portuguese Nobel Laureate, Jose Saramago [...] For all its delightful novelty, however, the childhood described here is also beguilingly universal: the superstitions and terrors, the mysteries and joys"

    Daily Mail
  • "A powerful and nostalgic memoir"

    The Times