Magazine article Geographical

Top Ten Writer's Reads

Magazine article Geographical

Top Ten Writer's Reads

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1. THE HEART OF A CONTINENT by Sir Francis Younghusband (OUT OF PRINT)

The story of Younghusband's pioneering trans-China journey and descent into India via the Mustagh Pass in 1887

2. A TIME OF GIFTS by Patrick Leigh Fermor (JOHN MURRAY, 9.99 [pounds sterling])

Part one of the timeless Eastern European classic; written later in life using the rediscovered diaries of his 1933 walk to Constantinople

3. THREE CUPS OF TEA by Greg Mortensen (PENGUIN, 9.99 [pounds sterling])

The inspiring story of Mortensen's quiet achievements in Afghanistan and northern Pakistan

4. EASTERN APPROACHES by Sir Fitzroy MacLean (PENGUIN, 8.99 [pounds sterling])

The soft underbelly of the inter-war Soviet Union in its darkest and least-known period by a fine storyteller

S. A SHORT WALK IN THE HINDU KUSH by Eric Newby (HARPERPRESS, 8.99 [pounds sterling])

Many people's introduction to Central Asian literature; an amateur adventure sparkling with self-deprecating humour

6. THE MARSH ARABS by Wilfred Thesiger (HARPER, 9.99 [pounds sterling])

Thesiger's account of the southern marshes of Iraq may be the finest travel book ever written

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