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  • Enthralling... He depicts a land of extraordinary physical beauty and interest and his prose is always elegant. Read this book for its human truthfulness and for unforgettable moments

    Daily Telegraph
  • Red Dust is a tour de force, a powerfully picaresque cross between the sort of travel book any Western author would give his eye-teeth to write, and a disturbing confession

  • It opens windows on landscapes small and vast, all still largely unobserved and unknown to Westerners

  • Honest, raw, insightful... The Chinese equivalent of On the Road

  • [Ma's] powers of description make every page buzz with life... Someone who could rank among the great travel writers

    New York Times Book Review

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