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
A tender, intimate portrait of a rapidly vanishing existence. The TimesRead more
TIMES: Book of the Month: That 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
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
...Philip Kerr fans will still find this depiction of an honest German cop working under adverse wartime circumstances intriguing...