"One of the most admirable and enthralling literary novels of the year" (Daily Mail
"Superbly poised between the magic of innocence and the melancholy of experience" (The Economist
"Michael Ondaatje's impressive new novel, containing dreams and fantasy between a ship's flanks...is, in the most etymological way, a wonderful novel: one full of wonders" (Philip Hensher Daily Telegraph
"Atmospheric, elegiac and at times, like Ondaatje's most famous novel, The English Patient
, unbearably poignant" (Sebastian Shakespeare Tatler
From the acclaimed author of The English Patient
and In the Skin of a Lion
: a stunningly beautiful and moving new novel about a boy's life-changing journey from Ceylon to England in the 1950s.