Blogs in January 2024

Burma Sahib 10th January 2024

There is a short period in everyone’s life when his character is fixed forever . . . ‘ George Orwell Eric Blair stood out amongst his fellow police trainees in 1920s Burma. Nineteen years old, unusually tall, a diffident...

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Under the Wave at Waimea 20th May 2021

From renowned writer Paul Theroux comes a dazzling novel following a big-wave surfer in Hawaii as he confronts ageing, privilege, mortality, and whose lives we choose to remember ‘It was as if in surfing he was carving his name...

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The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari 16th July 2020

“Happy again, back in the kingdom of light,” writes Paul Theroux as he sets out on a new journey through the continent he knows and loves best. Theroux first came to Africa as a twenty-two-year-old Peace Corps volunteer, and...

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Blinding Light 26th February 2020

A washed-up writer sets out for Ecuador’s jungle in search of a rare hallucinogen. Traveling amid a gaggle of thrill-seeking tourists, he finds his drug, which heightens both his powers of perception and his libido but leaves him with...

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The Old Patagonian Express 1st January 1970

The Old Patagonian Expresstells of Paul Theroux’s train journey down the length of North and South America. Beginning on Boston’s subway, he depicts a voyage from ice-bound Massachusetts to the arid plateau of Argentina’s most southerly tip, via pretty...

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