• An intensely moving book, at once an affirmation of life's quiet dignities in the face of loss and a portrait of a city that comes to stand for all cities

    The Economist
  • This book tells us much about the extraordinary power of art to inspire

    Literary Review
  • Sparkles with brilliant observations on art and architecture, friendship and loss. Matar's prose is exquisitely measured and precise

    PD Smith, Guardian
  • An exquisite, deeply affecting book

    Evening Standard
  • A thing of beauty and wisdom

  • Hisham Matar is a brilliant narrative architect and prose stylist, his pared-down approach and measured pace a striking complement to the emotional tumult of his material

    Wall Street Journal
  • As exquisitely structured as The Return, driven by desire, yearning, loss, illuminated by the kindness of strangers. A Month in Siena is a triumph

    Peter Carey
  • It is likely to become a classic

    Colm Tóibín, on The Return
  • Truly remarkable

    Daily Telegraph, on The Return
  • Extraordinary

    Financial Times