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  • Superb, a revelation - a real classic of popular literature . . . endlessly diverting and inventive, (giving) a unique insight into a now-lost elegant, courtly and tolerant Arab world

    William Dalrymple, Sunday Times
  • Offers a gateway to a different world of language and ideas, florid, wildly descriptive and are a powerful reminder of the human need for story . . . irresistible

  • This book is an astonishment . . . a profound oddity, but an absolutely intriguing one

    Scotland on Sunday
  • Instantly appealing (with) headlong narrative drive . . . like a Medieval Fifty Shades of Grey . . . above all, fun


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