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'I would rather read Colin Thubron than any other travel writer alive on central Asia' - John Simpson, Daily Telegraph

Thubron travelled throughout Central Asia in the wake of the break-up of the Soviet Union and documented the widespread social upheaval in a region reeling from political change. Thubron is an inspirational writer, intrepid traveller and insightful observer and his The Lost Heart of Asia is an outstanding guide to the history, people and culture of a vast region resonating with history and politics.

Reviews

Thubron's journey takes him through a spectacular, talismanic geography of desert and mountain... a whole glittering, terrible and romantic history lies abandoned along with thoughts of more prosperous times... Thubon's grasp of this fantastical past is impeccable, and he weaves its mysteries with modern images into a dazzling embroidery

The Times

Thubron writes with an originality and vividness that few contemporary authors can match

Independent

Although the heroic age of travellers in Central Asia has gone for ever, this book will still deserve, for the intense beauty of its pose and the observant clarity of its visions, to stand alongside the best of those classic travel writings of the past

Sunday Telegraph

This book is a masterpiece of travel writing... in plain English, it's a classic

New Statesman

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  • The Lost Heart Of Asia
    Colin Thubron

    Paperback

    9780099459286

    June 1, 2004

    Vintage

    384 pages

    RRP $24.99

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