Wonderful... Don't wait for the movie.
New York Times
A triumphant conversion... A portrait of South Africa's answer to George Washington... [It] works because Carlin got so close to Mandela and the people Mandela seduced.Simon Kuper
Revelatory... A tight, gripping and powerful book that shines a light on a moment of hope, not just for one nation but the whole world.
A fascinating story... Thirteen years on, it is possible to look back with emotion at a moment which suggested that everything was possible.Justin Cartwright
Mandela was already on his way to becoming the international icon that we have just lost, but this eloquent, affectionate tribute stresses his humanity, and in so doing makes him seem all the greater.
Carlin provides intriguing insights into his subject's personality and shows how he became "his country's indispensable man".
The strength of Carlin's superb book is that it weaves many disparate strands into a humane and sensitive overview of a case that shocked the world... The detail is fascinating... Subtle and wiseMatthew Syed
The Times ‘Book of the Week’
Reads like a taut courtroom drama... Vivid, gripping and illuminating... For those in search of a full rendering of the case in all its complexity, Carlin goes a long way to delivering the goods.Justice Malala
Impressively up-to-the-minute... The Pistorius case will continue to divide opinion and Carlin's book is unlikely to be the last word on the matter. But his evident fairness, cool objectivity and robust scepticism will make it a hard act to follow.
Mail on Sunday
Carlin's account is framed by the progress of the Blade Runner's trial, but it's also a de facto biography that exposes his psychological incongruities
The strongest of the accounts... and the best at supplying a context for what unfolded... Carlin, a fine journalist, is clearly aware of the filmic potential of the tale... and his recreation of that Valentine's Day morning has the pace and energy of a movie script
The best account we are likely to get of the tragedy and its aftermath, with proper attention to the role of the remarkable judgeRichard Williams
Guardian, Best Sports Books of 2014