Shadow of the Silk Road (Paperback)
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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 04/10/2007
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A journey along the greatest land route on earth, from the master of travel writing Colin Thubron 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 Thubron 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. 'It is hard to think of a better travel book written this century' Times

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099437222
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 266 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"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 *

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“An eye-opener...”

Colin Thubron is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest living travel writers, and ‘Shadow of the Silk Road’ certainly does nothing to undermine that assertion.

Thubron begins his journey in Xian, China, where... More

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