• "an excellent novel, a model of restraint and quiet literary sophistication"

    Sunday Times
  • "[A] luminous debut novel… This is a book that demanded to be written... With a light touch, Faye dramatises the terrible nostalgia of having lost not only a childhood but also a whole world to war"

    Nadifa Mohamed, Guardian
  • "An evocative portrait of what it means to lose one’s freedom and innocence. Gaël Faye’s literary powers lie in his unbridled honesty and his effortless prose. He is a writer of great promise and grace"

    Chigozie Obioma, author of The Fishermen
  • "Unforgettable… Gaël Faye’s talent is breathtaking; no country that can give the world a writer like him should ever be called small"

    Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers
  • "as beautiful as it is painful... It's easy to see why it set the French literary scene alight. This is one you won't be abandoning in the hotel library when you leave."

    Sam Baker, The Pool