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  • Poetically written, absorbing, harrowing . . . a moving and unusual achievement

    Fiona Wilson, The Times
  • An ambitious and important book that goes far beyond the voyeurism of 24-hour news to identify something timeless and troubling... a moral tale, following events through the eyes of the fastidiously ordinary optician never named in the text and thereby transformed into an everyman . . . Emma Jane Kirby challenges us to do more than cry.

    Peter Stanford, Observer
  • A novelistic retelling of a man's tragic encounter with the European migrant crisis - a true story that brings a fresh perspective to events that are often hard to visualise.

    Melissa Lawford, Financial Times
  • A shock to the system, it forces us to think. . . the optician is an ordinary man, no better no worse than us.

    France 2

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