Press & Reviews
Reviews The Recent Past

The Recent Past displays beautifully reproduced photographs by Ravilious, while his widow's biography is a moving tribute which details the technical as well as aesthetic side of his work. The Spectator

Elegiac, surrealistically clear and revelatory of a colossal and unsuspected talent. The Telegraph

Ravilious succeeded triumphantly...he was able to record life there as it was, unposed and unselfconscious, capturing its sense of community, its humour, its hardships and eccentricities. Country Life

 tender, intimate portrait of a rapidly vanishing existence. The Times

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Reviews Beside the Syrian Sea

TIMES: Book of the MonthThat James Wolff is a pseudonym should come as no surprise to the reader of Beside the Syrian Sea, his superb debut. The writer has obviously been somewhere or something in the spy business. This emerges not so much in the main storyline, but in the fascinating surrounding details.

“A dazzling thriller for our time...gritty and diamond-sharp.” JAMES NAUGHTIE

“This important book...brought home to me the complex and shifting situation in the Middle East and the danger of looking for simple responses or explanations. I loved the character of Jonas - the quiet man pushed by his own guilt into becoming a hero.” ANN CLEEVES



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Heretics Reviews

The intensive, richly detailed narrative is at once a portrait of Daniel’s Cuban upbringing, a meditation on anti-Semitism, and an intriguing account of the painting. Highly recommended.   Library Journal

This is a major novel and a testament to Padura’s stature as a writer. Booklist


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