After ten years of playing guitar in failed heavy metal groups Tom Coote went to university as a mature student to read Third World Studies. He later taught himself programming and won a studentship to take an MSc in Information Technology. He is a keen traveller, and has so far managed to visit 108 countries. He regularly contributes stories and articles to a number of travel websites. Tearing up the Silk Road is his first travel book.
"Tearing up the Silk Road is a book that deftly avoids
romanticising the Silk Road and instead gives a realistic,
sometimes harsh, appraisal of the countries passed through.
Travellers too, will appreciate the intense focus on the nuts and
bolts of travelling through the region ... It's Coote's account of
the ideological battle between the East and the West in the region
that adds depth to the book. He notes that the real clash is
between the few who have much and the masses demanding more."
- Wanderlust Magazine " The author writes with a wonderful depth and precision so as to engross you in his journey, providing adventure with a unique and revealing perspective for life along the silk road."
- Bare Essentials Magazine "If you've ever had the urge to chuck in your day job, step outside your comfort zone and strap yourself in for a rugged cultural journey, this is for you."
- Get Lost Magazine "An entertaining read that will inspire greater interest in the region."
- Central Asia Magazine