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Praise for The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu (2017)

“A piece of postmodern historiography of quite extraordinary sophistication and ingenuity” —Peter Thonemann, Times Literary Supplement

“Exemplary… a work of intellectual honesty that represents narrative non-fiction at its most satisfying and engaging”—William Dalrymple, The Guardian

“Incredible story… fits perfectly the ongoing narrative of Timbuktu”—Tom Zoellner, New York Times Book Review

“Part reportage, part history, part romance and wholly gripping… a riveting read”—Helen Davies, Sunday Times

“Excellent… English tells the gripping story of accreting layers of exploration and literary excavation with punch and

panache”—Justin Marozzi, Spectator

“Lively… thrilling… brilliant”—The Economist

“Spellbinding”—The New Yorker

“Insightful… shows that the sort of willful delusion behind much of the 18th- and 19th-century quest for Timbuktu continues to this day”—Anthony Sattin, the Wall Street Journal

“A fascinating account of Timbuktu's history and the brave and crazy adventurers who sought death and glory trying to get there”—Jerome Starkey, the Times

“Sophisticated teasing out of the facts from the myths”—Robert Eustace, Sunday Telegraph

“Evocative, sensitive and intelligent”—Jason Burke, Literary Review

“A model of fine storytelling”—Jon Lee Anderson, author of Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

“A riveting dual narrative”—Dean King, author of Skeletons on the Zahara

“A stirring, page-turning story of thrilling discovery and heroic resistance, peopled by an unforgettable cast”—Amy Wilentz, author of Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti

“Enthralling… Like the beguiling place it describes, The Storied City is fascinating and surprising at every turn”—Scott Anderson, author of Lawrence in Arabia

“Engrossing… a compelling work of history and historiography”—Kirkus Reviews

“Meticulously researched, powerfully written, and riveting” — Ben MacIntyre

 “A taut, mesmerizing journey to the legendary desert city”—Peter Stark

“A gripping tale of contemporary risk-taking”—John Ure, Country Life

“A breathtaking piece of reporting, writing and scholarship”—Ian Katz, Channel 4

 “Investigative journalism, travel and history writing at its best”—The Guardian

Chosen as a Financial Times “Book of the Year”, and a Sunday Times “Must read”.


Praise for The Snow Tourist (2008)


“A cracking read that deserves to be by the bedside of every keen skier or snowboarder” – The Economist

“A thing of wonder and delight. A perfect winter book” – Metro

“The story of Mr. English's feeling for snow makes a book as delicious as a double chocolate liegeois” – The Times

 “A far more intriguing account than much current travel literature. . .The places he visits are sometimes perilously cold, but English's account is touchingly warm” – The Guardian

“Incredibly, what seems like the most vanishingly tiny subject actually turns out to encompass vast tracts of our experience. In parts, the book is deeply practical… in parts poetic.” – The Observer