Land Of The Dawn-Lit Mountains by Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent (9781471156564)
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**SHORTLISTED FOR ADVENTURE TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR, 2018 EDWARD STANFORD AWARD** A thrilling and dangerous adventure through Arunachal Pradesh, one of the world’s least explored places. ‘A fabulously thrilling journey through a beguiling land’ Joanna Lumley ‘With tremendous verve and determination Antonia plunges through an extraordinary world. Thank heavens she survived to tell this vivid and thoughtful tale’ Ted Simon, author of Jupiter’s Travels ‘A tale of delight and exuberance – and one I’d thoroughly recommend. Bolingbroke-Kent proves a great travelling companion – compassionate, spirited and with a sharp eye for human oddity’ Benedict Allen, author of Edge of Blue Heaven and Into the Abyss ‘A transformative journey that gripped me from the very first page’ Alastair Humphreys, author of The Boy Who Biked the World and Microadventures ‘Remote, mountainous and forbidding, here shamans still fly through the night, hidden valleys conceal portals to other worlds, yetis leave footprints in the snow, spirits and demons abound, and the gods are appeased by the blood of sacrificed beasts’ A mountainous state clinging to the far north-eastern corner of India, Arunachal Pradesh – meaning ‘land of the dawn-lit mountains’ – has remained uniquely isolated. Steeped in myth and mystery, not since pith-helmeted explorers went in search of the fabled ‘Falls of the Brahmaputra’ has an outsider dared to traverse it. Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent sets out to chronicle this forgotten corner of Asia. Travelling some 2,000 miles she encounters shamans, lamas, hunters, opium farmers, fantastic tribal festivals and little-known stories from the Second World War. In the process, she discovers a world and a way of living that are on the cusp of changing forever. ‘A beautifully written, exciting and revealing book that harks back to a golden age of travel writing’ Lois Pryce, author of Revolutionary Ride.