• "A remarkable contemporary thriller – with shades of Graham Greene and Le Carré about it – but also a profound and compelling investigation of a hugely complex human predicament. Brilliantly observed, captivatingly written, grippingly narrated – a triumph"

    William Boyd
  • "One of our best and truest novelists"

    The Times
  • "Nicholas Shakespeare honours the best tradition of the novel"

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "One of the best English novelists of our time"

    Wall Street Journal
  • "A great novelist"

    Melbourne Age
  • "A world writer"

    Sunday Herald
  • "Enviably good"

    Sunday Times
  • "Nicholas Shakespeare gathers comparisons to the great and the good. He needs none. He is what he is — a very fine English novelist"

    John Lawton