Reviews

  • "[A] supremely uplifting novel ... It's elegant, witty and delightful - much like the Count himself."

    Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year
  • "A comic masterpiece . . . very funny, tender and as laughably accurate an account of the dismal nature of life in Soviet Russia as one could hope for . . . Quite apart from the ingeniously ludicrous plot and the acutely drawn characters, what adds to the joy of this book is the precision of Towles’ style. Again and again he conveys exactly the right impression with a deliciously surprising choice of words . . . a sheer delight."

    Daily Express
  • "A work of great charm, intelligence and insight."

    Sunday Times
  • "No historical novel was more witty, insightful and original"

    Sunday Times, Culture Magazine
  • "Elegant sentences, wonderful characters and inventive storytelling . . . This is everything a novel should be: charming, witty, poetic and generous. An absolute delight."

    Mail on Sunday
  • "This novel is astonishing, uplifting and wise. Don’t miss it."

    Chris Cleave
  • "There is so, so much to love in this book as we keep company with the endlessly entertaining Count . . .[This] novel is wistful, whimsical and wry and elegantly captures that most apposite of lessons: 'By the smallest of one's actions, one can restore some sense of order to the world'. Brilliant"

    Sunday Express
  • "<i>A Gentleman in Moscow</i><b> </b>is a tale abundant in humour, history and humanity, with a poignant message about time passing. That Towles also makes this rollicking good fun is no mean feat."

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "WINNING . . . GORGEOUS . . . SATISFYING . . . TOWLES IS A CRAFTSMAN"

    New York Times Book Review
  • "Towles’ use of language is an absolute pleasure to read and you can’t help but savour every last word . . . What makes it a great work of historical fiction is the apt creations the author builds outside the hotel walls in a truly tumultuous time. Towles creates such a memorable character in Rostov and this book brings something for everyone - humour, history, friendship and philosophy"

    Irish Times
  • "<i>A Gentleman in Moscow</i> is exquisitely propped and styled, from the silver samovars to the red covers of Baedeker guides . . . [T]he count charms and disarms, and his story sparks much joy and a new anti-Kondo philosophy: chuck much, but keep all the books."

    The Times