A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

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Picador, 2008 - Hiking - 256 pages
146 Reviews

When Eric Newby, improbably earning his living in the London haute-couture trade, sent his fateful cable – CAN YOU TRAVEL NURISTAN JUNE? – it was the first step on a legendary journey from Mayfair to Afghanistan and the mountains of the Hindu Kush, north-east of Kabul. Ill-prepared and inexperienced, Newby and Carless endured a month of hardship with great good humour in one of the most beautiful wildernesses on earth.

‘The most successful travel writer of his generation. It’s impossible to read this book without laughing aloud’ Observer

‘Tough, extrovert, humorous and immensely literate’ Times Literary Supplement

‘Full of serendipity and surprise’ The Economist

‘A total success’ New Yorker

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Funny and filled with insight. - Goodreads
Newby has a very enjoyable style of writing. - Goodreads
travel writing from a time long gone. - Goodreads
I breezed through this book at a pace I never expected. - Goodreads

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User Review  - William Leight - Goodreads

This is a pleasant light read. Newby tells some funny stories, and the bits of history he drops are interesting. Plus, there's an almost morbid fascination to seeing a depiction of Afghanistan as it ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nireekshit - Goodreads

In these days of very well planned expeditions where there are more people supporting the expedition than there are in the expedition, this book comes as a refreshing change. Eric Newby describes the ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Eric Newby was born in London in 1919. Throughout his life he travelled on a grand scale, either under his own steam or as Travel Editor of the Observer. He is the author of eighteen books, was made CBE in 1994, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the British Guild of Travel Writers in 2001. He died in 2006.

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