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Turning Back The Sun
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  • Published: 15 August 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099287681
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $24.99
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Turning Back The Sun


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'Colin Thubron's voice is unique: once heard, difficult to forget' Anita Brookner

Far away from the city of his birth, in a frontier town on the edge of tribal wilderness, a doctor tries to resolve the seemingly unreconcilable demands of his public career and his personal feelings. He believes his exile her to be temporary, and youthful memories of the distant city torment him with an unbearable sense of loss. Yet he has grown to love a fellow exile, a woman of fierce independence and strong will, who belongs by nature to the warmth and chaos of the frontier? But, during a summer of drought and disease the desert erupts into savagery and he is at last confronted by thc choice of returning to the city or of remaining with her.

  • Pub date: 15 August 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099287681
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $24.99

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 Turning Back The Sun

“This transcendentally gifted writer is of course one of the two or three best living travel writers - in some ways probably the best”

Jan Morris


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