“Original and hypnotically readable” Sunday Times“A darkly seductive tour through new Russia … As a political and social commentator Bennett is shrewd and humane, but she is equally accurate, heartfelt and knowing describing the tastes of caviar – full of promise and mystery: the taste of dreams”. The Times

“This marvellous book interweaves a vivid picture of the corrupt euphoria of post-Soviet Russia with a sharply ironic account of the changing roles the country has played in Bennett’s fantasy life.” Independent on Sunday

“I defy anyone to enter the world of Vanora Bennett’s The Taste of Dreams without a chilled shot of vodka to hand. Part travelogue, part adventure and part history, this is a wonderful read. Nazdarovye.” Bookseller

“Caviar is the madeleine of Bennett’s amiable memoir, which, in its sketches of assorted friends and crooks in uncertain times reminded me of Christopher Isherwood’s account of Berlin in the 1930s” Saturday Telegraph.

“Excellent … Informed, funny and flavourful” Literary Review

“Sexy, intelligent, the best mix of facts and desire.” Jeanette Winterson (author ofOranges are Not the Only Fruit)

“This writing is both fresh and acutely observant .. Enormously engaging … this is a charming read, a highly personal take on a disturbing subject” Spectator

“Bennett has a marvellous feel for language … the book is propelled by the sheer vigour – and often virtuosity – of the writing” Financial Times