A classic of travel writing, A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush is Eric Newby’s account of his journey through one of the most remote and beautiful wildernesses on earth.
It was 1956 and Eric Newby was earning an improbable living in the chaotic family business of London haute couture. Pining for adventure, he sent his friend Hugh Carless the now-famous cable – CAN YOU TRAVEL NURISTAN JUNE? – thus setting in motion a journey from Mayfair to Afghanistan and the mountains of the Hindu Kush, north-east of Kabul. Inexperienced and ill-prepared (their preparations involved nothing more than some tips from a Welsh waitress), the amateurish rogues embark on a month of adventure and hardship in one of the most beautiful wildernesses on earth.
This edition includes photographs, an epilogue from his travelling companion, Hugh Carless, and a prologue from one of Newby’s greatest proponents, Evelyn Waugh.
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