“Falla’s world is a phenomenally big place. His vivid and authoritative fiction offers us the chance to experience cultures that are exhilaratingly, sometimes frighteningly different from our own.”
–Michel Faber, author of The Crimson Petal and The White
“An engaging historical tale intelligently and imaginatively told.”
—The Times Literary Supplement (London)
"Talent that invades the senses…Falla is fine and unflowery writer who delivers a punchy plot free of misty-eyed sentiment."
—The Herald (London)
"Falla renders a bewitching read, stirring up a multitude of emotions from love to anger to disgust. You can’t help but support this novel’s fine characters in their long journey to freedom."
—The List (London)
"A masterly piece of storytelling, written in a lyrical, deceptively simple way."
—The Northern Times (United Kingdom)
"Blue Poppies is an accomplished story as good as any we’ll see this year. With works of such quality , the Scottish literary renaissance may be upon us."
—The Herald (Edinburgh)
"An epic love story, Falla’s debut novel utterly confounds the stereotype. It is assured, confident, without a trace of self-indulgence. You’ll be lucky to read a better one this year."
—The Scotsman (Edinburgh)