'Visceral and compelling, Ziervogel draws on the traditions of Islamic and Christian mysticism, and on sharp obervations of contemporary society, to give a deeply uncomfortable glimpse into the mind of a misfit-turned-extremist.'
JUANITA COULSON, The Lady
'Ziervogel writes with insight and fluency, articulating a profound empathy with those at the extreme reaches of their endurance. Searingly contemporary,Kauthar sketches out a humane and subtle counterpoint to the distorted debate surrounding religious radicalisation, and in doing so is resonant and timely.'
LETTIE KENNEDY, Observer
'Ziervogel goes bravely to the bleakest points of humanity and illuminates them with her lyrical and enthralling prose... It is a book that demands to be swallowed in one sitting, despite its bitter contents; one that, in its intensity, resonates and echoes for days after finishing it.'
CLAIRE HAZELTON, Guardian
‘This is a novel that cuts into the heart of a modern taboo – the white British female who chooses to become a Muslim – with sensitivity and insight… [Ziervogel's] strong, spare writing cuts to the heart of a shocking story.’
KATE SAUNDERS, Times
'It seems, for a while, that this is a novel about a woman who has two consequetive lives... As the book's double ending hits you, you see there weren't just two versions of the narrator but four. One inside the other, like Russian dolls.'
WILLIAM LEITH, Evening Standard