Thursday, January 20, 2011
ERIC NEWBY RIDES AGAIN
A TRAVELLER’S LIFE
LOVE AND WAR IN THE APENNINES
all by Eric Newby (Fourth Estate UK)
I was so thrilled to find that Harper Collins have reprinted these wonderful Eric Newby titles originally published in the 1950's and 1960's.
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush was I think the first travel book I ever read (way back in 1961 when it first came out in paperback) and memories of it have stayed with me since. I am now looking forward to a re-read, refreshing my memory of that legendary journey from Mayfair to Afghanistan, and the mountains of the Hindu Kush, north-east of Kabul.
It was a cable, John Buchan style — CAN YOU TRAVEL NURISTAN JUNE? — to a friend in Rio de Janeiro in the spring of 1956 that launched Eric Newby on his career as a travel writer. The friend, Hugh Carless, (his response was three words long - OF COURSE, HUGH), was to become immortalised as Newby’s long- suffering companion on a journey of a delightfully amateurish sort, which became the subject of one of the funniest travel books ever written, A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush published 1958.
Fifty-odd years on, the book remains one of the most popular travel books ever published, reprinted many times and now, available again in a beautifully repackaged edition, with new cover and a new introduction, along with a series of other wonderful Eric Newby titles listed above.
And the good news is that in March Harper Colloins will release five further Eric Newby titles:
MERRY DANCE AROUND THE WORLD
ON THE SHORES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN
ROUND IRELAND IN LOW GEAR
SLOWLY DOWN THE GANGES
SMALL PLACE IN ITALY
Eric Newby died in 2006.