Reviews

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

    Sunday Times
  • An impressive exploration of Siberia's terrifying past.

    Guardian
  • The ultimate quest for the oddest objects - pianos - in the most unlikely place - Siberia. But 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 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
  • Marvellous… a masterful example of modern historical travel writing

    Independent
  • A richly observed cultural history... thrilling.

    New Statesman
  • Fascinating account of Siberia’s horrific legacy told with great verve… Roberts is a wonderfully lyrical writer.

    The Observer
  • Beautifully written... A unique short history of Russia from Catherine the Great to Putin... A sense of the extraordinary marks every page.

    History Today
  • Captures Siberia's wildness, but favours its enchantments.

    Times Literary Supplement

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