• Remarkable . . . rare, intimate . . . Samer is an understated hero of our time.

    The Times
  • As powerful and fast-paced as a thriller . . . this is brutal non-fiction, plainly and urgently told.

    Robin Yassin-Kassab, Guardian
  • Readers will salute the quite literally death defying bravery of Samer in taking a stand against the terrorists. He shows that no matter how hopeless the situation, the simple act of bearing witness is one of the most powerful human responses available . . . The Raqqa Diaries is so important.

    Evening Standard
  • The book is beautifully produced . . . Everyone should spend a couple of hours of their life reading it, to remind themselves that, even in the darkest depth of human misery, the bravest souls still exist.

    Sunday Times
  • The fact that Samer was able, and indeed brave enough, to communicate with the outside world is an inspirational victory over bullies and oppressors. In the context of Islamic State’s brutality Samer’s quiet voice becomes a roar, a roar of defiance. His remarkably balanced account of terrible things and terrible times is the sound of civilisation. A clarion call to all of us that we should not give up. Somewhere there is a voice in the wreckage.

    Michael Palin

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