The Places in Between

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Pan Macmillan, 2005 - Afghanistan - 324 pages
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Rory Stewart's moving account of his walk across Afghanistan in January 2002 was 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 Mogul Emperor, Babur the Great, Stewart was nearly defeated by the extreme, hostile conditions. Only with 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.Winner of the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Award and the Spirit of Scotland Award and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize and the Scottish Book of the Year Prize.

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I am sorry to finish this book. Rory Stewart's 2002 story of his solo walk across Afghanistan provides a picture of the people and landscape that sheds light on current difficulties. I wondered it ... Read full review

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Eh. Wasn't that impressed. Each chapter was about 3 pages long and represented a village in Afghanistan. There wasn't much detail, much context, or much if anything. The book would have been better ... 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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