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Reviews

Mike Thomson's relationship with the people of Daraya as they were being systematically smashed to pieces has produced one of the most extraordinary stories to come out of the Syrian conflict. The assembly of a library under almost daily threat of death and destruction is appalling and at the same time, hugely inspiring. A unique tribute to the power of books and the unquenchable human spirit
MICHAEL PALIN
An inspiring read - humanity at its best overcoming adversity at the height of war with the power of love for their secret library
DAVID NOTT
In a country devastated by war, this incredible story shows how one library has thrived
WOMAN & HOME
A Syrian tale of cultural resistance ... provides moving testimony to Syrian students' passion for books ... a small band of enthusiasts convinced of the redemptive power of reading ... determined both to keep their minds sharp and do something for their community ... dodged sniper fire daily to salvage whatever volumes they could find from the wreckage of homes and public buildings
TLS
Compassionate and inspiring
NEW YORK TIMES
Hugely stirring
DAILY MAIL