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  • Sam Miller has written a wonderfully witty, wise, idiosyncratic and properly hybrid book that achieves the near-impossible. It is at once a touching personal memoir, a droll and discursive travelogue and an erudite work of literary criticism which somehow manages to be, at the same time, a hugely entertaining history of the world's often confused dialogue with South Asia over three thousand years. It is also, almost as an after-thought, a most moving love letter to India.

    William Dalrymple, author of City of Djinns
  • [Miller] is a congenial guide. He has a fantastically sharp eye… Amid a torrent of sparkling details, what stands out is Miller's heartfelt love for the country.

    Alex Von Tunzelmann, Evening Standard
  • Delightfully eccentric… A very readable account… Miller is the master of the must-read footnote, while matching the travel writer Eric Newby in his acute descriptions of contemporary life in India.

    Victor Mallet, Financial Times
  • Laconic and engaging… [An] attractive book.

    David Gilmour, Literary Review
  • Fascinating.

    Tarquin Hall, Sunday Times

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