PARADISE LOST: IN SEARCH OF CIVILIZATION IN THE FERTILE CRESCENT
Grove Atlantic Books, New York/ London 2007
Lost: In Search of Civilization in the Fertile Crescent (to be
published in 2007 by Grove/Atlantic in New York and London) tells the
story of three years of travels around the countries of the Fertile
Crescent - Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria - searching for the idea of
civilization: for its roots in the land where it was born; for its
prospects in a crucial region where barbarism, intolerance, and
violence seem to predominate; and for the meaning of the word itself in
a world that often feels like it is spinning away from the old moorings
of restraint, patience and culture.
A handsome and roguish old devil, William FtizWilliam is one of the
best-loved foxes in Wallop Wells. With his mother in her fat pearls and
her fruity orchard hat, his friend Smoky Sam the blacksmith, and the
other colourful characters who pass their time at the Foxy Lady, he
lives a life of cunning and adventure in the green valleys of Hopshire.
By William Hopkins and Bartle Bull; illustrated by Shaun Crown.
"Steal this book! Hopkins and Bull are the Marx and Engels of Post-urban Liberalism."
- Workers Daily
AROUND THE SACRED SEA: MONGOLIA AND LAKE BAIKAL ON HORSEBACK
Canongate Books, 2000
account of a journey on horseback around Russia's Lake Baikal, the
largest and deepest freshwater lake in the world. The book is a
multi-layered tale of travel, history and adventure exploring the
ecology and natural wonders of the area, as well as charting the
growing impact on man. Around the Sacred Sea contains dozens of superb pictures by Kerim Yalman and John Bolt.
"The best adventure book I've read in years, engagingly written and unputdownable."
- Alistair Horne