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  • Published: 19 October 2021
  • ISBN: 9781784704483
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • RRP: $22.99

Himalaya

A Human History




The first major history of the Himalaya - an epic story of peoples, cultures and the world's highest mountains

'Magnificent ... this book is unlikely to be surpassed' Telegraph
This is the first major history of the Himalaya: an epic story of peoples, cultures and adventures among the world's highest mountains.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 DUFF COOPER PRIZE

An epic story of peoples, cultures and adventures among the world's highest mountains: here Jesuit missionaries exchanged technologies with Tibetan Lamas, Mongol Khans employed Nepali craftsmen, Armenian merchants exchanged musk and gold with Mughals.

Featuring scholars and tyrants, bandits and CIA agents, go-betweens and revolutionaries, Himalaya is a panoramic, character-driven history on the grandest but also the most human scale, by far the most comprehensive yet written, encompassing geology and genetics, botany and art, and bursting with stories of courage and resourcefulness.

'Magisterial' The Times
'His observations are sharp...his writing glows' New York Review of Books
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2021 BOARDMAN TASKER AWARD FOR MOUNTAIN LITERATURE

  • Published: 19 October 2021
  • ISBN: 9781784704483
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Ed Douglas

Ed Douglas is an award-winning writer who has reported from the Himalaya for over twenty-five years, covering the Maoist insurgency in Nepal and the Tibetan occupation. The author of a dozen books, including a biography of Tenzing Norgay, he is also a climber with first ascents in the Himalaya, and edits the Alpine Journal. He lives in Sheffield.

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Praise for Himalaya

Magnificent ... a far-reaching, compendious and elegantly turned examination of a region and its peoples, this book is unlikely to be surpassed

Telegraph

A panoramic history of the region ... Such a complex range of subjects is not easy to press into a coherent narrative ... Douglas ... does so with extraordinary aplomb ... rigorous and informative ... highly readable ... never lacking freshness and rich in compelling detail

Literary Review

A magisterial account of the complex human history of the greatest mountains on Earth ... fascinating ... scrupulously and movingly detail[ed] ... Douglas weaves a far richer tapestry, showing how this is a sacred landscape influenced by very worldly concerns

The Times

A scholarly yet entertaining synthesis of hundreds of years of history ... [Douglas] portrays not only nuns and monks but also courtesans, mountaineers, kings, horse-traders, tea merchants, spies, architects, botanists, soldiers and politicians from Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Sikkim, China and India - as well as from Britain, the British Raj, American, Russia and continental Europe ... a labour of love twenty-five years in the making

Financial Times

In the suitably immense Himalaya, Ed Douglas logs the achievements and travails from Paleolithic times to the present day of the peoples who have laboured in and around Asia's mountain spine ... enlivening Himalaya's history with a host of minor characters ... Such unsung endeavours are a delight ... The research is impressive ... always authoritative ... Anyone with a serious interest in the Himalayan region will want to buy it and will find it invaluable

Times Literary Supplement

His observations are sharp, and in many passages, his writing glows

New York Review of Books

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