Colin Thubron

Colin Thubron

Colin Thubron is the author of In Siberia, Shadow of the Silk Road, and the novel Night of Fire, among other books. His latest book, The Amur River: Between Russia and China, was published in 2021. (January 2023)

Escape from Fortress Crete

Patrick Leigh Fermor kidnapped a German general in the mountains of Greece during World War II. Was it worth it?

Abducting a General: The Kreipe Operation in Crete

by Patrick Leigh Fermor, with a foreword by Roderick Bailey

The Cretan Runner: His Story of the German Occupation

by George Psychoundakis, translated from the Greek and with an introduction by Patrick Leigh Fermor

Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure

by Artemis Cooper

Dashing for the Post: The Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor

selected and edited by Adam Sisman

More Dashing: Further Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor

selected and edited by Adam Sisman

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March 11, 2021 issue

‘Mandarin’s wife and two daughters with bound feet’; from Isabella Bird’s The Yangtze Valley and Beyond

Reveling in Discomfort

The Yangtze Valley and Beyond: An Account of Journeys in China, Chiefly in the Province of Sze Chuan and among the Man-tze of the Somo Territory

by Mrs. J.F. Bishop (Isabella L. Bird), with an introduction by Dervla Murphy

July 19, 2018 issue

Fishermen on the Okhotsk Sea, at the mouth of the Amur River, which separates Russia and China

A River Runs Through It

Black Dragon River: A Journey Down the Amur River at the Borderlands of Empires

by Dominic Ziegler

October 26, 2017 issue

An East German soldier looking through the Berlin Wall, 1990

Mesmerized by Germany

Roads to Berlin: Detours and Riddles in the Lands and History of Germany

by Cees Nooteboom, translated from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson, with photographs by Simone Sassen

December 19, 2013 issue

The Chukchi people hunting walruses and whales; ivory tusk engraving from the village museum in Uelen, the easternmost settlement in Russia and Eurasia

The Last Shaman

The Chukchi Bible

by Yuri Rytkheu, translated from the Russian by Ilona Yazhbin Chavasse

August 18, 2011 issue

‘The Beauty of Xiaohe,’ female mummy, circa 1800–1500 BC; excavated from Xiaohe (Little River) Cemetery 5, Charqilik (Ruoqiang) County, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China

The Secrets of the Mummies

Secrets of the Silk Road

an exhibition at the Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California, March 28–July 25, 2010; the Houston Museum of Natural Science, August 28, 2010–January 2, 2011; and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology,

May 12, 2011 issue

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