• "One of the great page-turners in English literature"

    John Sutherland, Guardian
  • "I can distinctly remember handling the book as if it might somehow give me, a boy in Africa, magical access to the African adventures it contained. It still does now. I need only pick up this book and, like the door to Solomon's treasure chamber, a mass of stone rises from the floor and vanishes into the rock above"

    Giles Foden, Guardian

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