A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

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Picador, 2008 - Hiking - 256 pages
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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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User Review  - Sandydog1 - LibraryThing

A self-deprecating fashion industry Brit (he's careful not to describe appropriate experience - he served in British Special Forces in WWII - this omission helps the story's charm), gathers up ... Read full review

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User Review  - abealy - LibraryThing

A wonderful travel adventure from the end of the golden age of exploration. Newby is best when he describes with humor and self-deprecation their woeful lack of credentials in the matter of ... Read full review

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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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