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Shadow of the Silk Road

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On buses, donkey carts, trains, jeeps and camels, Colin Thubron traces the drifts of the first great trade route out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran into Kurdish Turkey. Covering over 7000 miles in eight months Thurbron recounts extraordinary adventures - a near-miss with a drunk-driver, incarceration in a Chinese cell during the SARS epidemic, undergoing root canal treatment without anaesthetic in Iran - in inimitable prose. Shadow of the Silk Road is about Asia today; a magnificent account of an ancient world in modern ferment.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 124 x 196 x 28mm | 258.55g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • maps
  • 0099437228
  • 9780099437222
  • 30,925

About Colin Thubron

Colin Thubron is an acknowledged master of travel writing, and the winner of many prizes and awards. His first writing was about the Middle East - Damascus, Lebanon and Cyprus. In 1982 he travelled into the Soviet Union in an ancient Morris Marina, pursued by the KGB, a journey he recorded in Among the Russians. From these early experiences developed his classic travel books: Behind the Wall (winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Award), The Lost Heart of Asia, In Siberia (Prix Bouvier), Shadow of the Silk Road and To a Mountain in Tibet (all available in Vintage). In 2010 Colin Thubron became President the Royal Society of Literature.show more

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"It is hard to think of a better travel book written this century" * The Times * "Shadow of the Silk Road is a work of boundless riches. Every paragraph carries a captivating phrase...offering up an understanding of our world today that is as immediate as tomorrow's news, yet infinitely profound" -- Craig Brown * Mail on Sunday * "One of Thubron's great strengths is his compassion...his shimmering prose creates a wonderful book, so multilayered that, when I reached the end, I wanted to read it all over again" * Sunday Times * "Rich in humour, compassion and history, another confirmation, if any more were needed, that Thubron is the pre-eminent travel writer of his generation" * Sunday Telegraph * "A poetic volume - interesting, shocking and deeply engaging, the work of a mature writer at the top of his game" -- Sara Wheeler * Daily Telegraph *show more

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"A poetic volume - interesting, shocking and deeply engaging, the work of a mature writer at the top of his game"show more

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