The Places in Between

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Pan Macmillan, 2005 - Afghanistan - 324 pages
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Rory Stewart's moving, sparsely poetic account of his walk across Afghanistan in January 2002 has been immediately hailed as a classic. Caught between hostile nations, warring factions and competing ideologies, at the time, Afghanistan was in turmoil following the US invasion. Travelling entirely on foot and following the inaccessible, mountainous route once taken by the Mohgul Emperor, Babur the Great, Stewart was nearly defeated by the extreme, hostile conditions. Only due to the help of an unexpected companion and the generosity of the people he met on the way, did he survive to report back with unique insight on a region closed to the world by twenty-four years of war.

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User Review  - Kristelh - LibraryThing

Read this book for GeoCAT and because I thought it was a PBT 100 NF but I was wrong on that last point. This is the travel writing of Rory Stewart, a Scotsman (Born in Hong Kong, raised in Malaysia ... Read full review

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User Review  - AltheaAnn - LibraryThing

Possibly my best book of the year. Maybe not the best-written, in terms of literature, but definitely the one I've recommended, and given to, the most people. Rory Stewart's account of his decision to ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Rory Stewart was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Malaysia. After a brief period in the British Army, he studied history and philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford before joining the Foreign Office. He served in the British Embassy in Indonesia and as the British Representative in Montenegro. In 2000 he began walking from Turkey to Bangladesh, covering 6000 miles alone on foot across Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal. In 2003, he became the coalition Deputy Governor of Maysan and Dhi Qar, two provinces in the Marsh Arab region of Southern Iraq. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 2004 and is currently a Fellow of the Carr Centre at Harvard University.

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