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  • His ability to put us in the picture, to feel, smell and almost touch the surroundings he describes is matched by his ability to tell a good story.

    Michael Palin
  • One couldn't wish for a better storyteller or analyst than John Man

    Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • An immensely entertaining history, packed with splendidly blood-thirsty tales.

    PD Smith, Guardian
  • Ninja is a racy popular history of a difficult and often mythologised subject and should appeal to the armchair warrior in us all.

    Literary Review
  • Man’s wry humour and treks through Japan’s mountains, valleys, temples and shrines adds a vivid and personable dimension to his questing spirit – so much so, you can imagine this being a terrific television series.


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