• "Crisp, taut, and as clear as a bell ... a fascinating story with many a beguiling subplot along the way."

    New Scientist
  • "The story of how [the alphabet] came into being is a fascinating one and Man is the ideal writer to tell it. His scholarship seems boundless... he also has a journalist's ear for a story... straight out of Indiana Jones"

    Times Educational Supplement
  • "Absorbing tale ... many surprises on the way."

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "A scholarly and fascinating history of the alphabet, from hieroglyphics to letters, and its dissemination from culture to culture and from past to present"

    The Times