• 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

    Raymond Carr, 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

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