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The Lost Heart Of Asia
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  • Published: 1 June 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099459286
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $22.99
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The Lost Heart Of Asia


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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.

  • Pub date: 1 June 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099459286
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $22.99
Categories:

About the Author

Colin Thubron

Colin Thubron is an acknowledged master of travel writing, and the winner of many prizes and awards. His first writing was about the Middle East - Damascus, Lebanon and Cyprus. In 1982 he travelled into the Soviet Union in an ancient Morris Marina, pursued by the KGB, a journey he recorded in Among the Russians. From these early experiences developed his classic travel books: Behind the Wall (winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Award), The Lost Heart of Asia, In Siberia (Prix Bouvier) and Shadow of the Silk Road. His most recent book is To a Mountain in Tibet (all available in Vintage). Colin Thubron was President of the Royal Society of Literature from 2010 to 2017.

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Praise for The Lost Heart Of Asia

“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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