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  • Anyone who wishes to understand this mysterious corner of the world deserves Magdalena. It is a capacious, generous and illuminating book

    —Juan Gabriel Vásquez
  • After all our agonies, Wade Davis, through the evocative power of his writing and the clarity of his understanding, gives us all reason to once again love Colombia. That is the wonder of his book, which in many ways reads as a love letter to a nation

    Héctor Abad, author of Oblivion
  • Davis stocks his lively narrative with piquant characters, dramatic historical set pieces, and lyrical nature writing. The result is a rich, fascinating study of how nature and a people shape each other

    Publishers Weekly
  • Shimmering... Never wincing from dark histories, yet never abandoning hope, Wade Davis shows us why Colombia stole his heart as a young traveller and holds it still

    Kate Harris, author of Lands of Lost Borders
  • A magnificent, hugely important book, breathtaking in its scope and vision … a masterpiece … an epic journey across the nation and into its beating heart …essential reading for anyone wanting to understand Colombia

    Anna Lewington
  • [Magdalena] is a rallying cry to save the Magdalena from the destructive effects of industrialisation, but it also aims to reset our impressions of the country as a whole... [Davis's] passion for Colombia is better expressed in the depth of information he delivers - and the poetic way in which he captures its extraordinary landscape. Those pondering a trip will be inspired to veer off the tourist path

    Jenny Coad, The Times
  • Davis is a powerful, penetrating and immensely knowledgeable writer

    Charles Nicholl, Guardian, *Book of the Week*
  • Davis suffuses his reportage with a visionary tinge. But his subject more than warrants it

    Boyd Tonkin, Financial Times
  • Magdalena is a revelatory and often enchanting book

    Economist
  • This book is the culmination of a lifetime's work in the country and is suffused with a love and knowledge that only such long acquaintance can bring

    Hugh Thomson, Spectator

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