Reviews

  • "This is an amazing journey, the ultimate quest for the oddest objects - pianos - in the most unlikely place - Siberia. But Sophy Roberts makes it much more than that, an elegant and nuanced journey through literature, through history, through music, murder and incarceration and revolution, through snow and ice and remoteness, to discover the human face of Siberia. I loved this book."

    Paul Theroux
  • "An impressive exploration of Siberia's terrifying past... Richly absorbing."

    Guardian
  • "An exuberant, eccentric journey through Russian vastness, European history and Russian culture, The Lost Pianos of Siberia is a quixotic quest, a picaresque travel adventure and a strange forgotten story, all wrapped into one fascinating book."

    Simon Sebag-Montefiore
  • "What shines through in this book is Roberts' genuine, humane affection for and fascination with the people she meets in Siberia."

    Literary Review
  • "An extraordinary encounter with a wildly fascinating and astonishingly ill-known region... This is a wonderful book."

    Sunday Times
  • "Marvellous… a masterful example of modern historical travel writing"

    Independent
  • "Courage, patience, erudition and a sympathetic imagination… A travel book of rare quality."

    Dervla Murphy
  • "Roberts' writing is beguiling."

    The i
  • "A richly observed cultural history... thrilling."

    New Statesman
  • "Captures Siberia's wildness, but favours its enchantments."

    Times Literary Supplement