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Shadow of the Silk Road

by Colin Thubron

Shadow of the Silk Road
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  • First Published:
    Jul 2007, 363 pages
    Paperback:
    Jul 2008, 400 pages

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A journey along the greatest land route on earth, by one of the greatest travel writers of this or any other age

To compare Colin Thubron's writing to most travel books is to compare the beautifully crafted treasures inside the museum to the tawdry baubles offered for sale on the steps outside.

Entire sections in bookstores are devoted to travel books, and TV travel programs take the viewer to every corner of the globe. Well, actually, not every corner - usually it's the same tired old landmarks coming into view time and time again. So, it is with something of a shock that the reader opens The Shadow of the Silk Road to be reminded that travel writing used to be a high art and, in the right hands, still can be; and those hands don't get much better than travel veteran Colin Thubron, who travels light with no camera and just a change of clothes, his money ...

Colin Thubron was born in London in 1939. Educated at Eton College, he worked briefly for the publishers Hutchinson and as a freelance television film-maker in Turkey, Japan and Morocco. His first three books were about the Middle East: Mirror to Damascus, was published in 1967 and is still considered one of the best books on the Syrian capital; The Hills of Adonis: A Quest in Lebanon (1968) and Jerusalem (1969).

Among the Russians (1983) describes a journey he made by car through western Russia during the Brezhnev era. Behind the Wall: A Journey through China (1987) won both the Hawthornden Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. The Lost Heart of Asia (1994) narrates his travels through the newly-independent central Asian ...

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