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  • By: Eric Newby
  • Narrated by: James Bryce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

By: Eric Newby
Narrated by: James Bryce
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Summary

A classic of travel writing, A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush is Eric Newby’s iconic account of his journey through one of the most remote and beautiful wildernesses on earth. 

It was 1956, and Eric Newby was earning an improbable living in the chaotic family business of London haute couture. Pining for adventure, Newby sent his friend Hugh Carless the now-famous cable - CAN YOU TRAVEL NURISTAN JUNE? - setting in motion a legendary journey from Mayfair to Afghanistan, and the mountains of the Hindu Kush, northeast of Kabul. Inexperienced and ill prepared (their preparations involved nothing more than some tips from a Welsh waitress), the amateurish rogues embarked on a month of adventure and hardship in one of the most beautiful wildernesses on earth - a journey that adventurers with more experience and sense may never have undertaken. With good humour, sharp wit and keen observation, the charming narrative style of A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush would soon crystallise Newby's reputation as one of the greatest travel writers of all time. 

One of the greatest travel classics from one of Britain's best loved travel writers, this edition includes an epilogue from Newby's travelling companion, Hugh Carless, and a prologue from one of Newby's greatest proponents, Evelyn Waugh.

©1958 Eric Newby (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"The master storyteller. He transformed travel writing." (Independent)

"One of the most enjoyable reads of the last century." (Herald Tribune)

"The most successful travel writer of his generation. It's impossible to read this book without laughing aloud." (Observer)

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Fantastic

Really enjoyed from start to finish, takes you back to a time when true adventuring was. Real possibility

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Fantastic !

Loved this classic of travel writing. Excellent narration. Struggled to find useful/detailed map anywhere online to follow the journey but managed somehow using Google maps etc. Triggered a slightly better understanding of recent/current political situation in this part of Afghanistan. Laugh out loud funny at times.

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Jaunty and humorous

This was light and jaunty in tone with lots of humorous episodes throughout. Enjoyable and entertaining account of the preparations for and attempts at climbing a mountain in Afghanistan.

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  • M M Gower
  • 21-02-21

Travel classic

I was delighted to find A Short Walk now on Audible, though I have read it in print many, many times. Newby’s careful attention to culture and landscape, his wry self-knowledge, and his historical place at the end of the great age of Himalayan exploration make the book extraordinary. It was satisfying to hear the reflections of Hugh Carliss, in the epilogue written for this edition.

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  • LDO Trained
  • 07-04-20

Interesting Adventure of Mounteering

Overall, an interesting read, but one really needs to have printed a copy of the map (readily available on the internet with a Google search) so as to better follow and appreciate the amazing story of two truly novice climbers who survived ther "first-time" mountaineering expedition and were the first to traverse areas in Afghanistan, etc.