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  • Brilliant, shocking... also witty, painfully self-critical and humane... it is a work of great literature

    Tim Whitmarsh, Guardian
  • Emmanuel Carrère is said by many to be one of the best writers in France, if not Europe... The Kingdom, a huge bestseller in France, is thrilling, magnificent and strange

    Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times
  • An utterly brilliant book... Carrère is a vivid guide and a knowledgeable one

    Catherine Nixey, The Times
  • A novelised memoir that vividly captures the drama of the Christian experience... A celebration of religious imagination - Catholic, French, Judaic, Hellenic - The Kingdom has been a runaway bestseller in France. In Britain, it may succeed as a relief and an antidote

    John Cornwell, Financial Times
  • There are few great writers in France today, and Emmanuel Carrère is one of them

    Paris Review

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