/ Includes PS Section Philip Marsden returns to the remote, fiercely beautiful landscape that has exercised a powerful mythic appeal over him since his first encounter with it over twenty years ago. / Was chosen as Book of the Year by 5 different newspapers including the Observer. / Winner of numerous awards including the 1994 Somerset Maugham Award for 'The Crossing Place' and the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award in 2000 for 'The Spirit Wrestlers'. / 'The Bronski House' confirmed him as one of Britain's most gifted writers whilst 'The Chains of Heaven' was structured around his own remarkable 400 mile walk through Ethiopia. / Published with a wonderful PS Section.
Philip Marsden is the author of `A Far Country: Travels in Ethiopia', `The Crossing Place: Among the Armenians' (which won the Somerset Maugham Award), `The Bronski House: A Return to the Borderlands' and `The Spirit Wrestlers: A Russian Journey' (Winner of the Thomas Cook Travel Book of the Year Award). He is the editor of The Spectator Book of Travel Writing and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His work has been translated into ten languages.
'His exhilarating, sometimes burlesque narrative introduces several fascinating characters ! Ethiopia provides the questing spirit, as does this thrilling and intelligent book.' Daily Telegraph 'He rises above the physical trail to produce short intense vignettes that transport us to a world that few of us will ever see ! As both Traveller and Scribe, the best travel writers, like Marsden, hammer out a chain between two worlds: the foreign and the familiar, the present and historical, the journey physical and interior, the road hard travelled and the story well told.' Sunday Times Praise for 'The Spirit Wrestlers': 'Marsden has movingly captured these communities in a series of exquisitely drawn word pictures. His encounters sing with a lyric intensity and he approaches his subjects with the clarity of a historian and the pity of a tragic dramatist.' Amanda Foreman, Independent 'Marsden ... has painted a picture of the land between the Black Sea and the Caspian which can only leave us aghast with wonder.' Teresa Waugh, Literary Review 'Having turned the last page of Philip Marsden's book, I sincerely regretted that it was my first encounter with this excellent travel writer. 'The Spirit-Wrestlers' charmed me' Vitali Vitaliev, Daily Telegraph Praise for 'The Bronski House': 'Magnificent ! a Polish Wild Swans meets Dr Zhivago, written in some of the most exquisite prose in the genre since the death of Chatwin.' William Dalrymple, Sunday Times Books of the Year 'A tragic story, beautifully told.' Colin Thubron, Daily Telegraph Books of the Year 'The book I've savoured most this year.' John Fowles, Spectator Books of the Year