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BOOK OF THE MONTH
IMMUNE: A JOURNEY INTO THE MYSTERIOUS SYSTEM THAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE
Philipp Dettmer
1299

The first book from the creator of the wildly popular science YouTube...(+)

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White Mountain
Robert Twigger

Classification : History
Pub Date : Sep 07, 2017
Imprint : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Page Extent : 480
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9781780228402
Price : 699

About the book
Home to mythical kingdoms, wars and expeditions, and strange and magical beasts, the Himalayas have always loomed tall in our imagination. Overrun at different times by Buddhism, Taoism, shamanism, Islam and Christianity, they are a grand central station of the world's religions. They are also a plant hunter's paradise, a climber's challenge, and a traveller's dream. In his quest to explore the region's seismic history, Twigger seeks out the Nagas, who helped his grandfather build a camp for Allied soldiers near Imphal during the Second World War and takes the most scenic bike ride in the world from Lhasa to Kathmandu. The result is a sweeping, fascinating and surprising journey through the history of the world's greatest mountain range.

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Interesting and idiosyncratic... The author's style is by turns entertainingly conversational, essay-like and at times almost stream-of-consciousness ... The author, Robert Twigger, is a writer of considerable acclaim and a poet, which shows. His prose crackles ... It is a literate miscellany of obscure facts, characters and tales of history interwoven with philosophy, biography and autobiography. Not for everyone - but if you think you'll like it, you'll probably love it. I did
Twigger is one of the best and most fascinating of recent travel writers. Following his excellent book on the Nile, Twigger goes into deeper territory with this "spiritual" biography of the Himalayas. Of course, in any such book, there are a lot of mountaineering tales and tragedy, but Twigger is far more interested in the spirituality of the people of Nepal and Tibet than he is with peaks and summits. Looking at Tibetan Buddhism as well as the area's bloody history, Twigger show the spiritual importance of this strange and haunting place'
Real and imagined journeys in the Himalayas, by Robert Twigger, acclaimed author of Red Nile. A travelogue and expansive exploration of these mighty mountains that follows a meandering and often mythical path'
Very readable . . . White Mountain offers firm narrative and sweeping views'
A fascinating compendium of stories'
Twigger leaves no mountain path untouched . . . lively, interesting, unusual and entertaining'
     
Robert Twigger
Robert Twigger is a British author, poet and adventurer. After attending Oxford University he trained with the Tokyo Riot Police, which became the subject of his bestselling book ANGRY WHITE PYJAMAS...(+)
Books by Robert Twigger
Angry White Pyjamas (PB)
Being a Man (PB)
Big Snake (PB)
Lost Oasis (PB)
Lost Oasis (HB)
Real Men Eat Puffer Fish (HB)
Real Men Eat Puffer Fish (PB)
Red Nile (HB)
Voyageur (PB)
White Mountain (PB)