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VINTAGE VOYAGES: A world of journeys, from the tallest mountains to the depths of the mind

VINTAGE VOYAGES: A world of journeys, from the tallest mountains to the depths of the mind
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. A magnificent account of an ancient world in modern ferment, Thubron covers over 7000 miles in eight months enduring a near-miss with a drunk-driver, incarceration in a Chinese cell, and undergoing root canal treatment without anaesthetic, along the way.

Reviews

It is hard to think of a better travel book written this century

The Times

A beautiful and profound travel book

Mail on Sunday

A masterpiece of travel writing ... a classic

New Statesman

Thubron is a very hardy traveller, and a very fine writer...[it is] a book of exceptional erudition, adventure and elegance

Robert Macfarlane, Spectator

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

Sara Wheeler, Daily Telegraph

Impresses with its scholarship and literary craft

Ian Thomson, Observer

He effortlessly interweaves the present with the fast-disappearing past, and reminds even the well-travelled how much we still have to learn about our planet...Thubron takes us on a fascinating journey that shows that travel writing at its best can still approach literature and can still educate

Stephen Fidler, Financial Times

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  • Paperback

    9781784875343

    August 6, 2019

    Vintage Classics

    384 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099437222

    December 3, 2007

    Vintage

    384 pages

    RRP $24.99

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    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Dymocks
    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au