Reviews

  • A magisterial blend of historical research, investigative journalism and poetic reportage, Kate Brown sets out to uncover Chernobyl's true medical and environmental effects . . . an awe-inspiring journey.

    The Economist
  • This thrilling, frightening book tells the truth about the Chernobyl disaster . . . the most brilliant and essential book on Chernobyl since that of Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich.

    The Irish Times
  • An astonishing unconventional history.

    The Times
  • Brown's page-turner skilfully weaves an original narrative on the long-term medical effects of the Chernobyl disaster... Her capacity to immerse herself and pick up on nuances brings these stories from factory workers, technicians, doctors and villagers alive.

    Nature
  • Exemplary ... Brown is an indomitable researcher

    Observer
  • Full of passion . . . [an] admirable uncovering of the hidden story behind Chernobyl.

    The Guardian
  • Vital work, making a convincing case for the catastrophic long-term medical and ecological effects of the disaster

    Literary Review
  • A troubling book, passionately written and deeply researched ... the book moves from science to thriller and realm of conspiracy... there is no doubt about Brown's gift for vivid narrative. Her conclusion is chilling.

    The Sunday Times
  • A magnificent monograph that stands out among the multiple books on Chernobyl simply because it tells us the truth - the whole unadulterated truth - about one of the worst disasters in history. As such, it may itself be regarded as a survival manual of sorts. And a guide to the future, too.

    Engineering and Technology
  • Help[s] us comprehend, both emotionally and rationally, a disaster so great that future scholars will detect it thousands years from now, whether they have written accounts of it or not.

    The Evening Standard