We have updated our Privacy Policy Please take a moment to review it. By continuing to use this site, you agree to the terms of our updated Privacy Policy.

When Biografi was first published, it was met first with enormous critical acclaim – only to become the centre of a heated controversy. Was it fact or fiction? Had Lloyd Jones concocted his story of life in the new Albania? Or was it travel literature as its publishers insisted?

Equal parts travelogue, political reportage and bizarre mystery novel, Lloyd Jones crosses Albania as it reinvents itself – a volatile, surreal wonderland where nothing is quite as it seems.


Extraordinarily haunting
Daily Telegraph
Seductively realistic
Independent on Sunday
If I had not myself witnessed the lengths to which regimes such as Hoxha's are prepared to go to cheat and deceive, I should have been inclined to dismiss Shapallo's story as fanciful, and Jones as naïve for believing it
A. M. Daniels, Times Literary Supplement
Beautifully written, evocative and deft
Sunday Times
'A compelling hybrid'
Jaen Housham, The Guardian
'Biografi starts big and then zooms in. This is Jones's skill: to draw tiny details that contain the world'
Katy Guest, Independent
'An enlightening read'
Alastair Mabbott, Herald (Glasgow)
A gem of the genre
New York Times Book Review
'Curious and compelling'
Donal O'Donoghue, RTE Guride
'This is a clever, surreal and mysterious read, certainly worth resuscitating'
Zoe Strimpel, City A.M.
Jones proves sly, engaging, worth-reading and even re-reading
London Review of Books
Being a truthful writer, Jones sees nothing; neither his heroes nor his villains in black and white. His is a bold inquiry into the way that we construct and repair our communities, and ourselves, with stories old and new
The Times
Lloyd Jones gives the tired post-colonial themes of self-reinvention ... a fresh, ingenious twist but his real achievement is bringing life and depth to his characters
Sunday Telegraph
Lloyd Jones brings to life the transformative power of fiction
Sunday Times
'Biografi leaves you wishing that a real-life Shapallo may still show up'
Catherine Shoard, Scotsman