"... a hugely impressive guide in this addictive and enchanting journey through the journeys of others."
-- Paul Blezard, The Lady, 21st July 2009
'Frances Wood is superbly positioned to line up this parade of explorers and missionaries, celebrities and commentators, collectors and romancers.' --Jerusha McCormack, Irish Times, 15th August 2009
'... rather like accompanying Ms Wood around the British Library as she pulls ancient manuscripts from shelves and reads from them.'
--Karl Dallas, Morning Star, 19th August 2009
`[A] fascinating book.'
--Good Book Guide, September 2009
`Charming and beautifully illustrated ... as a curio, this is delightful.' --Nina Caplan, Time Out, 30th July - 5th August 2009
`... a fascinating anthology.' -- London Review of Books, 10th September 2009
`A compact, beautifully illustrated volume by one of our most erudite and elegant chroniclers ... a gem of a book.'
--Jonathan Fenby, The Oldie, 1st Sept 2009
About the Author
Frances Wood is Curator of Chinese Collections at the British Library. Among her recent publications are 'The Silk Road' (2004) and 'The First Emperor' (2007).