'A wise, compassionate and understanding account of Africa, written by a man who has glimpsed deeper truths about the continent' -- The Times
'Dowden maintains the reader's interest by skilfully interviewing his research into stories of myriad encounters with Africans rich and poor' -- Economist
'Few journalists have travelled in Africa so widely for so long and few can match his indefatigable quest for knowledge' -- Literary Review
'This book is an inspiring gift of hope about a continent that never ceases to surprise'
-- The Times