Gerry Abbott's fascinating account of two years he spent living in Mandalay in the lead up to the brutal Sagiang Massacre of 1988. A unique and deeply personal snapshot of this violent moment in Myanmarâ€™s history.
A Penguin publication of J. R. Ackerley's journals, written during 1920s while he worked as a personal secretary to an Indian Maharajah. Extraordinary tales of his eccentric employer which are both entertaining and enlightening.
An extraordinary memoir of an eccentric childhood, the daughter of a rubber planter in Malaysia, Suzanne St Albans lived between the family bungalow in the jungle and their house in France. Entertaining and a sensory delight.
Alice Albinia's remarkable voyage along 2,000 miles of the Indus River. A combination of traveller's tales and fascinating history, she traces the river from Karachi, through Pakistan, into India and then up into Tibet. Highly recommended.
You can rely on Eland to produce beautiful books telling tales of extraordinary experiences and this is no exception. John Beames arrived in India in 1858 and these are his private notes on the forty-five years he spent working there as a civil servant. Fascinating, honest and informative.
Jasper Becker, one of the first Westerners to enter Mongolia at the end of Communist rule, travels along the course of the Yellow River listening to the stories of the Mongolian people and painting a picture of its history. Observing the birth of the new democracy and the affect of Stalin and Mao on the people and the land, he marvels at the survival of the unique character of this country against all odds. A refreshing, informative and exquisite combination of journalism, travel writing and history.
Thrown headlong into politics when her father was executed by General Zia in 1979, Benazir Bhutto became Prime Minister of Pakistan for the first time in 1988. This is her autobiography, first published twenty years ago and updated just before her tragic death.
In 1971, Francois Bizot an enthnologist living and working in Cambodia was imprisoned for suspicion of spying for the CIA. During his three months in prison he got to know his captor Comrade Douch, previously a school teacher, who would go on to become the chief interrogator for the Khmer Rouge. Bizot paints a remarkable portrait of Douch and becomes an intimate observer of this horrifying moment in history.
This is a collection of travel stories and anecdotes from over a life spent travelling through Japan. Perceptive, sensitive observations mingle with Japanese history and myth, and are accompanied by the author's own startling illustrations.
Robin Board and John Cavanagh meet the ordinary people whose livelihoods depend on their environment and are fighting against the massive deforestation and destruction of the Philippines. A book that is both devastating and remarkably hopeful.
Entertaining, page-turning history of The Great Game: the struggle between Russia and Victorian Britain for control over Central Asia. Peopled by swashbuckling adventurers, eccentric explorers and cartographers, Meyer and Brysac's gripping narrative also explores the devastation caused by rabid imperialism on countries such as Afghanistan and Tibet.
Australia's greatest living novelist accompanies his teenage son to Tokyo in a quest to discover the secrets of anime. A touching work of paternal reflection that also sheds new light on contemporary Japan.