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A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

December 1, 2007

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Evelyn Waugh wrote a preface to the book, which is considered a classic of travel literature. In it, Newby describes encountering the legendary traveller Wilfred Thesiger in Afghanistan. Thesiger observed Newby and his companion Hugh Carless inflating their airbeds, and told them: “God, you must be a couple of pansies.”
A humorous overview of Eric Newby’s travels from Mayfair to the mountains of the Hindu Kush, north-east of Kabul, offering insight into the numerous eccentric characters and adventures he met along the way, and descriptions of the spectacular wilderness of Afghanistan. Last published in 1981.



Customer Reviews

The Best Travel Book of All5
From the pathetically inadequate preparations to the cooking of Eric Newby`s Eric Newbywatch to the meeting with Thesiger…One absurd incident follows another as the two brave and foolish climbers fail to achieve their declared aim. It is such a funny book, every page is a joy. It is the kind of book you hope will never end. Sadly it does. Nothing to do but read it again…but, alas, I lent my copy to someone, and then it went out of print. Luckily I managed to find a replacement in a second hand book shop.
So glad its in print again, now I can lend my copy without risk of being unable to replace it if it strays..

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