"A hypnotic, mystical tale
of street children... Ultimately, this is a wonderful book about the importance of stories, its own sheer quality providing its best argument" (John Harding Daily Mail
"Nelio's story is unfurled with pace and drama... Mankell writes eloquently of the realities of poverty and violence without becoming sugary or didactic...an expert craftsman" (Observer
"A wonderful, lyrical fable...beautiful...it is hard to leave Nelio at the end" (Vogue
"This is a deeply affecting read, one of those rare novels whose taste lingers for days afterwards
" (Barry Didcock Sunday Herald
"An elegant story about storytelling" (Tristan Quinn Literary Review
A moving, deeply affecting story about street children in Africa, from the bestselling writer behind the Kurt Wallander series.