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THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER: A brilliant account of a death defying walk through Afghanistan. Now with illustrations and a new afterword
Rory Stewart was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Malaysia. After serving in the British Army, the Embassy in Indonesia and as British Representative in Montenegro, in 2000 he began walking from Turkey towards Bangladesh. He was recently awarded the OBE for his services as British Representative in Maysan, a province in southern Iraq.
This is traveling at its hardest and travel-writing at its best -- David Gilmour With a deft, at time poetic vividness, he describes an awesome landscape, scarred by a present and a past of violence and death ... His encounters with Afghans are tragic, touching and terrifying Daily Telegraph [Stewart] must have balls of steel, but he writes like and angel all the same -- Giles Foden This evocative book feels like a long lost relic of the great age of exploration Guardian An astonishing achievement: a unique journey of great courage -- Colin Thubron Wise, funny and marvelously humane -- Michael Ignatieff An insight into the country that few could match New Statesman Thank goodness for brave people doing crazy things and for a writer in the tradition of Thesiger and Thubron Spectator