Colin Thubron

The Amur River
  • The Amur River

  • 'Thubron on top form. Richly detailed, immaculately written and full of insights and encounters that bring a complex corner of the world to life' MICHAEL PALIN

    'A masterpiece' WILLIAM DALRYMPLE 'Unforgettable' ANTONY BEEVOR

    As read on BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week
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    A dramatic and ambitious new journey from our greatest travel writer.

    Rising in the Mongolian mountains and flowing through Siberia to the Pacific, the Amur River forms the tense border between Russia and China. This is the most densely fortified frontier on Earth.

    In his eightieth year, Colin Thubron takes a dramatic and often treacherous journey from the Amur's secret source to its giant mouth, covering almost 3,000 miles. Harassed by injury and by arrest from the local police, he makes his way along both the Russian and Chinese shores. By the time he reaches the river's desolate end, a whole, pivotal world has come alive.
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    'An epic journey along a frozen, fraught frontier... Fascinating' The Times


    'This book is a triumph' Daily Telegraph


    A Financial Times, Sunday Telegraph and Spectator Book of the Year


    Winner of the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award 2022

Colin Thubron is an acknowledged master of travel writing, and the winner of many prizes and awards. His first writing was about the Middle East - Damascus, Lebanon and Cyprus. In 1982 he travelled into the Soviet Union in an ancient Morris Marina, pursued by the KGB, a journey he recorded in Among the Russians. From these early experiences developed his classic travel books: Behind the Wall (winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Award), The Lost Heart of Asia, In Siberia (Prix Bouvier) and Shadow of the Silk Road. His most recent book is To a Mountain in Tibet (all available in Vintage). Colin Thubron was President of the Royal Society of Literature from 2010 to 2017.

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