"A remarkably good-humoured book. This is not one of those foreign correspondent memoirs where you suspect most of the work has been done in the bar of some Intercontinental hotel. Marshall has been to places where you simply don’t know who may come at you out of the shrubbery, how heavily armed he will be, how fearful of foreigners, and indeed how stoned on whatever local intoxicant is most plentiful."
- Sunday Telegraph
"A witty account of life in today’s diverse and suppressed Burma. Casually weaving relevant political and cultural history into his wry note-taking on what he sees in this largely inaccessible country, Marshall gives us a rare glimpse into the jukes and jibes – both on the pitch and off – of Burma’s mysterious balance of power."
"Enlivened at every turn by Marshall’s wit and his eye for the absurd.”
- Daily Telegraph
"An evocative travel book and an adventure story . . . Marshall is a gifted writer."
- New York Times
"Outstanding . . . Marshall provides a vivid firsthand account of conditions in contemporary Burma. Pretending to be a tourist, he travelled throughout much of the country seeking to retrace the steps of the Victorian adventurer sir George Scott. Marshall suggests that life today in Burma may be no better than it was 100 years ago."
- Foreign Affairs
"It is good to be able to pay Andrew Marshall’s book a fulsome Burmese compliment – his writing is nicely rounded."
- The Times
"The Trouser People towers above all other contemporary books on Burma. Marshall’s book is personal without being egocentric, beautifully written, and tells us more about Burma’s past and present troubles than most academic writings."
- Bertil Lintner, author of Burma in Revolt and Outrage
"Immensely readable. Marshall offers a heart-rending view of what life holds for those in the grip of Burma's military dictatorship (and) an unsentimental exposé of the craziness and cruelty that is Burma today."
"Hilarious. Few books I have read have contained so many fascinating stories."
- Asian Review of Books
"Marshall emerges from these pages as an extraordinarily intrepid traveller and trustworthy narrator whose account will make readers want to hop on the next plane to Rangoon to help overthrow the general’s corrupt, narcodollar-fed regime. Excellent from first word to last."
- Kirkus Reviews
Marshall has travelled bravely, and his Brit-gonzo journalism made me laugh, think and look very hard at places and people that disappear off our mental map."