Magazine article Geographical

Top Ten Writer's Reads

Magazine article Geographical

Top Ten Writer's Reads

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Christopher Asian Alexander was born in Turkey and grew up in war-torn Beirut. His book about setting up a traditional carpet-weaving workshop in Uzbekistan, A Carpet Ride to Khiva, is out now

1. A SUITABLE BOY by Vikram Seth (PHOENIX, 9.99 [pounds sterling])

An ambling tale of life and arranged marriages in post-war India that I never wanted to end

2. THE GREAT GAME by Peter Hopkirk (JOHN MURRAY, 9.99 [pounds sterling])

Imperial tales of espionage and derring-do between British and Russian agents trying to gain control of Central Asia .

3. ALONE THROUGH THE FORBIDDEN LAND by Gustav Krist (OUT OF PRINT)

A unique glimpse of just how revolutionary Communism was in Central Asia

4. MY NAMF, IS RED by Orhan Pamuk (FABER & FABER, 7.99 [pounds sterling])

An unorthodox murder mystery set in Ottoman Istanbul

5. TRAVEL IN CENTRAl, ASIA by Arminius Vambery (ADAMANT MEDIA CORPORATION, 14.99 [pounds sterling])

Wily Hungarian Vambery disguises himself as a dervish and Nags his way through Khiva and Bukhara, risking certain death if exposed

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