'Sarah Sands has written about stillness with an eloquence that fizzes with vitality and wit. This wonderful book charts a journey to some of the most beautiful and tranquil places on earth, and introduces us to people whose inner peace is a balm for our troubled times. I loved every page of it.'
'This book shows that tranquillity of spirit is worth searching for.'
'This is a book which goes beyond history to the needs of human nature. It is a balm for our times.'
'A charming and quirky homage to A Time to Keep Silence by Patrick Leigh Fermor... The pulling of [Sands'] natural twinkling merriment against her genuine desire to explore spirituality and silence is what makes this book so lovable.'
'An engaging and satisfying book challenging us to consider the priorities each of us have chosen, and inviting us to consider how best we can find the interior silence by which we can know ourselves and the world around us better.'
'A beautifully written, self-deprecating, self-doubting, and fortunately timed book.'
'A fascinating journey, from the cauldron of the newsroom to the peace of monasteries.'
'Gripping... Witty... Poignant, and a fable of our times.'
'I loved the mix of far-off destinations and the spiritual journey. This is a brilliant book and an antidote to our 24/7 culture.'
'In tumultuous times, monasteries are the ideal place for believers and non-believers alike to seek peace and reflection. Sarah Sands is the perfect guide to these sites of solace, a Patrick Leigh Fermor for the soul.'
'Magical... Bright... Captivating.'