News From Tartary


In 1935 Peter Fleming, an editor for the London Times, set out from Peking for Kashmir. It was a 3500 mile journey across the roof of the world. His story of the journey, a seven month odyssey through desert and upland, virtually uncharted, has become a classic of travel literature since its publication in 1936.

He chose as his traveling companion Ella Maillart, a beautiful Swiss journalist, and describes events and places not only in brilliant colour and detail but also with great wit and humour. 

"No writer has given a keener picture of unchanging Tartary than has Fleming, and his description of Sinkiang reveals the last home of international intrigue, politics, violence and melodrama, where all foreigners are suspects and none welcome."

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