Along with a Tolstoyan ability to describe the horrors of battle, this amazing book also has an extraordinary intimacy...an altogether towering achievement.
'Triumphant: this epic saga is one of the best things he has written'
Over and over again, a brief but brilliant phrase turns a statistic into a real person and wrings compassion from you.
Superbly exciting...unmissable, unforgettable.
'May be the best novel of his career: a book that aims for, and achieves, real grandeur'
'A tour de force of storytelling that is both epic and intimate, experimental and traditional.'