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Robert Carver, journalist and author of the acclaimed 'Among the Mountains', searches for high adventure and intense experiences as he follows the trail of a family mystery . / Robert Carver's first book, 'The Accursed Mountains: Journeys in Albania', has won acclaim from such writers as Dervla Murphy, William Dalrymple and Patrick Leigh-Fermor. / A unique and fascinating account of a little-known area, combining danger and excitement with penetrating reportage and moments of great comedy. / Carver is well-known for his contributions to the Sunday Times, the Observer and the Daily Telegraph. / Guaranteed review and feature coverage on publication.
Robert Carver was brought up in Cyprus, Turkey and India. Educated at the Scuola Medici, Florence, and Durham University, where he read Oriental Studies and Politics, he taught English in a maximum security gaol in Australia and worked as a BBC World Service reporter in Eastern Europe and the Levant. Four of his plays have been broadcast by the BBC. He has written for the Sunday Times, the Observer, the Daily Telegraph and other papers and is the author of The Accursed Mountains (Flamingo 1999)
'[Carver] writes with colour and intelligence, and is a first-rate travel writer.' Sunday Telegraph `Carver's vision of the Old World seen from the New puts this book into a mould-breaking category. His insights into spiraling state control and individual alienation back home owe everything to the immense gulf separating Paraguay's anarchy from Europe's control-freakery.' Independent 'Like the best kind of person, it is at once intelligent, charming, funny, entertaining, quirky, inconsistent, flawed, infuriating and above all deeply human. I loved it.' Guardian `Carver's descriptions of this marvelous, seriously dangerous place are vivid, and set the scene for a piece of writing that fascinates to the very end.' Waterstone's Books Quarterly `Carver proves both funny and talented as he deftly links political history with local colour. And, while retaining a strong narrative voice, he never steals the limelight from the real hero of the book: Paraguay itself.' Financial Times 'With this informed, thoughtful, closely observed, unsparingly funny and elegantly crafted book, Carver has helped ensure that at least one country will remain free of the package-holiday crowds.' The Tablet