Departures and Arrivals

Departures and Arrivals

by Eric Newby

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Overview

From an open boat ride down the Ganges (pushing in the water most of the way) to long-distance cycling through Europe to exploring the Forbidden City in China, the tales of Eric Newby's travels are always entertaining in his recollections of highlights from an eventful life. He transplants the reader to all manners of eclectic terrain: from early childhood adventures among the shops, streets, and eccentrics inhabiting the dark London suburb of his upbringing to an elephant fair in India; from the faded glamour of the Orient Express 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. Whether he is putting heart and soul into building the perfect grotto in his Devon garden with his wife and the stonemason, rambling around a semi-abandoned and despoiled Calabria, or wrestling with the logistics of baby-rearing, both existing admirers and new readers will enjoy the exuberance and humor that Departures & Arrivals has to offer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007413539
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/28/2010
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrationsix
Introductionxi
Up to Ther Bend and Back1
Travels with a Baby15
Days and Nights on the Orient Express21
Under the Crust of Coober Pedy27
Walking the Plank33
Follies and Grottoes41
Journey through Syria49
The Palio57
Seeing the World on Two Wheels63
Some Canals69
The Land of the Camels77
The Land of the Elephants85
Two Degrees West93
In Calabria109
Way Out in Anatolia119
Winter in Beijing133
The Yemen143
A Brief Trip to the Pontine Archipelago151
Below the Purbeck Hills159
Index179

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