"Countries need writers as their voices of conscience; few have them. Israel has Oz" (Washington Post
"One of the greatest prose writers in contemporary fiction" (The Times
"Amos Oz is a great writer because he tells stories about real people in a way that no one else can" (Alan Sillitoe)
"He has that mixture of lyrical intensity, utter seriousness and capacity for describing life in a few words which characterises some of the best Russian authors" (Melvyn Bragg)
"There are times when you are reminded what it means to be in the presence of a genius...with Amos Oz you have to add wisdom and hope too" (Scotsman
In the last years of British rule in Jerusalem, a lonely, bookish Israeli boy befriends a British soldier in this tale of friendship in the face of enmity.