From an open boat ride down the Ganges—much of it too shallow for his boat—to a long-distance bike trek through Europe, the author of A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush presents this retrospective collection of travel tales from every decade of his eventful life. Eric Newby transports the reader to all manner of terra incognita, including his childhood adventures among the shops and eccentric characters of a dark London suburb, a ride on the faded Orient Express, an exploration of the Forbidden City in China, and a visit to a roughneck settlement of opal miners in Australia, where men carrying large amounts of cash travel armed but have still been known to disappear. The book is illustrated with two sections of black and white photos.
"Eric Newby possesses all the properties of a good travel writer: the understatement, the self-ridicule, and delight in the foreignness of foreigners."—Evelyn Waugh