There are so many things in this book that are still true and the NHS all but ignores. Just because it happened in 1930 or whatever, doesn't mean it automatically doesn't apply ....
That's what is still puzzling me Sedge, why do they go back on what is proven?
Anyway I finished the Shadowmarch (trilogy but actually 4 books) loved it and for a day or so I really missed the characters I had lived with for so long. I wanted to know "so what happened after that?" What happened to Pidgeon, and Skurn and the trader who got lost after he translated from sleep?
I then read with fascination "A carpet ride to Khiva"
Chris Alexander originally travelled to Khiva, a remote walled city in Uzbekistan on the route of the ancient Silk Road, to write a guidebook. But he stayed, mesmerized by a world of silk and forgotten 15th-century carpet designs – discovering indigo blue, madder red, pomegranate gold and the subtle shades of life in a desert oasis. Alexander’s entrancing travelogue sees him stripped naked at a former Soviet youth camp, crawling through silkworm droppings, tackling a carpet-thieving mayor, distinguishing natural dyes from sacks of opium in Northern Afghanistan, bluffing his way through My Heart Will Go On for Uzbek TV and seeking sanctuary as an anti-Western riot consumed the Kabul carpet bazaar. The result is an unforgettable true story of a journey to the heart of the unknown.
Really really good! That's the description from Amazon. To a degree I could understand where he was coming from, since in my early years of cabin crew I visited Iran and Pakistan and all places east which were really primitive in the early 70s. I finished the book with tears in my eyes.
Only criticism? OK he seems a bit too good to be true... bearing in mind it finishes when he was 30 and though he neither drinks nor smokes and is a vegetarian, he also doesn't seem to need the very normal desire in a young man for sex. Minor hiccup, fascinating and very lovely emotional book. I got it on a daily deal from Amazon for 99p but if anyone would like a kindle version PM me with email addy.