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‘Robert Twigger is not so much a travel writer as a thrill-seeking philosopher’ Esquire
The Himalayas beckon and we go … Some to make real journeys and others to make imaginary ones. These mountains, home to Buddhists, Bonpos, Jains, Muslims, Hindus, shamans and animists, to name only a few, are a place of pilgrimage and dreams, revelation and war, massacre and invasion, but also peace and unutterable calm.
In an exploration of the region’s seismic history, Robert Twigger unravels some of these real and invented journeys and the unexpected links between them. Following a meandering path across the Himalayas to its physical end in Nagaland on the Indian-Burmese border, Twigger encounters incredible stories from a unique cast of mountaineers and mystics, pundits and prophets. The result is a sweeping, enthralling and surprising journey through the history of the world’s greatest mountain range.
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‘Twigger leaves no mountain path untouched . . . lively, interesting, unusual and entertaining‘THE SPECTATOR
‘A fascinating compendium of stories’DAILY TELEGRAPH
‘Very readable . . . White Mountain offers firm narrative and sweeping views’TLS
‘Real and imagined journeys in the Himalayas, by Robert Twigger, acclaimed author of Red Nile. A travelogue and expansive exploration of these mighty mountains that follows a meandering and often mythical path’NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELLER
‘Twigger is one of the best and most fascinating of recent travel writers. Following his excellent book on the Nile, Twigger goes into deeper territory with this “spiritual” biography of the Himalayas. Of course, in any such book, there are a lot of mountaineering tales and tragedy, but Twigger is far more interested in the spirituality of the people of Nepal and Tibet than he is with peaks and summits. Looking at Tibetan Buddhism as well as the area’s bloody history, Twigger show the spiritual importance of this strange and haunting place’CATHOLIC HERALD
Interesting and idiosyncratic… The author’s style is by turns entertainingly conversational, essay-like and at times almost stream-of-consciousness … The author, Robert Twigger, is a writer of considerable acclaim and a poet, which shows. His prose crackles … It is a literate miscellany of obscure facts, characters and tales of history interwoven with philosophy, biography and autobiography. Not for everyone – but if you think you’ll like it, you’ll probably love it. I didTRAIL