“Lawrence Hill’s hugely impressive historical work is completely engrossing and deserves a wide, international readership.”

— The Washington Post

“Astonishing in scope, humanity and beauty, this is one of those very rare novels in which the deep joy of reading transcends its time and place…”

Editors’ Choice, Historical Novels Review


“Unputdownable ... The Illegal is a twisting, intricately woven yarn that spins itself out at an incredible pace... Hill takes on the snarled, pressing issues of our moment in time, including race and discrimination, the movement of refugees across borders and the political fight to define who belongs and who is “an illegal.”

The Globe and Mail

The Book of Negroes is a masterpiece, daring and impressive in its geographic, historical and human reach, convincing in its narrative art and detail, necessary for imagining the real beyond the traces left by history...a stunning historical novel that is at once moving, lyrical and shocking, a dazzling neo-slave narrative that spans three continents and blends known events and characters with necessary fictions.” 

The Globe and Mail