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Well-established and positioned author: John Keay is a historian, journalist and radio presenter ... Read More

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Well-established and positioned author: John Keay is a historian, journalist and radio presenter who has spent decades studying and writing on Himalaya, making him the perfect author for this book. India: A History sold more than 37,000 copies as a paperback original and revised paperback edition; China: A History sold more than 16,000 copies.Visually dynamic: Keay has collaborated on multiple large format photographic books on the Greater Himalayan region. He will have striking images and maps to share throughout the interior and in a colour insertInterdisciplinary approach: exploring the science, politics, history and culture of this vastly diverse region, Himalaya will have much to offer readers fascinated by the region. The book's emphasis on climate change is particularly timely, and will benefit from growing public awareness John Keay's involvement with Himalaya dates back to the 1960s when he was a foreign correspondent in Kashmir. In the 1970s he published two works on the exploration of the Western Himalayas and in the 1980s he wrote and presented a seven-part BBC Radio 3 documentary series on the Himalayan kingdoms. He has continued to specialise in Asian affairs, his books including 5000-year histories of both India and China. Himalaya is the summation of a lifetime's study. John Keay is married, has four children, lives in the West Highlands of Scotland and travels whenever he can. johnkeay.com'John Keay is the master storyteller and historian. This grand narrative of Himalaya is as epic as the mountains and peoples he describes' Dan Snow 'Adds the human element to the hard rock. And what a rich vein it is' Michael Palin History has not been kind to Himalaya. Empires have collided here, cultures have clashed. Buddhist India claimed it from the south, Islam put down roots in its western approaches, Mongols and Manchus rode in from the north, and, from the east, China continues to absorb what it prefers not to call Tibet. Hunters have decimated its wildlife and mountaineers have bagged its peaks. Today, machinery gouges minerals out of its rock. Roughly the size of Europe, the region is one of the most seismically active on the planet. Summers bring avalanches, rainfall triggers landslides and winters obliterate trails. Glaciers retreat, rivers change course and whole lakes quietly evaporate. To some, Himalaya is an otherworldly realm, profoundly life-changing, yet forbidding and forbidden. It has mesmerised scholars and mystics, sportsmen and spies, pilgrims and mapmakers who have mingled with the farmers and traders on the 'Roof of the World'. Himalaya is the story of one of the last great wildernesses and, in particular, of the bizarre discoveries and improbable achievements of its pioneers. Ranging from botany to trade, from the Great Game to today's geopolitics, John Keay draws on a lifetime of exploration and study to enlighten and delight with this lively biography of a region in crisis.A groundbreaking exploration of Himalaya: one of the world's most extraordinary geophysical, historical, environmental and social regionsWonderful . In prose that feels as effortless as it is entertaining, Keay paints a quite fascinating picture of this magical region, covering everything from geology, glaciers, tectonic plates and botany to the spiritual and religious evolutions of humansThere cannot be any current anglophone writer more knowledgeable about the region.Adds the human element to the hard rock. And what a rich vein it isExcellentJohn Keay is the master storyteller and historian. This grand narrative of Himalaya is as epic as the mountains and peoples he describesFrom palaeontology to mysticism, from the East India Company to mountaineers, this is dazzlingly wide-ranging, brilliantly researched and elegantly toldThe guru of modern writers on Himalaya. Here, after a lifetime's travel and reflection, is the story of the most important region on earthA dazzling collision of storytelling and scholarship, and the culmination of a lifetime's research and experience, this is surely John Keay's masterwork. He tackles the epic subject of the entire Himalayan region, through human history, and brings to it his own distinctive style - at once authoritative and colourful, stirring and droll, ambitious yet humble. A compelling portrait of a uniquely vulnerable regionLet John Keay be your guide: he has decades of first-hand experience in the region, he wears his extensive learning lightly and he is a magnificent storytellerJohn Keay's stunning book is meticulously researched and a gripping read. It lays out the long-standing allure of Himalaya, from the geographical and environmental to the archaeological and cultural.A compendium of centuries of outsiders' quests for scientific understanding of every aspect of the Himalayas - from its geology, topography and natural history to questions of anthropology and social history. No potential angle is left unexploredThe term 'tour de force' doesn't do Keay's Himalaya justice. A beautiful work by one of the world's foremost historians, the book is meticulously researched and written with Keay's particular flair. Comparable in its page-turning addiction to a fictional thriller, this will go down as a seminal work on the Himalaya.Poetically written ... A wonderfully digressive read, with rich portraits and stories of those who made their careers and fame from HimalayaA wonderful book about an extraordinary place ... Keay's undertaking in print is as vast in its scope as the area it seeks to enclose between the covers of this single, handsomely illustrated volume ... Truly a place of wonder, wonderfully caughtA book that is meant to be savoured, not to be conquered. Enjoy the rideThe appropriate crown for John Keay's writing on Asia. His study of the Himalaya marks the grand finale to his prodigious twin histories of India and China. Roll over Edward Gibbon. The powerful reimagining of the Himalaya from the structural perspective adds to the mountaineering and mythological lore, while the magisterial style is lightened by marvellous one liners. One of the best and easily the most informed books on the Himalaya

Product Details

Title: Himalaya
Author: John Keay
SKU: BK0494945
EAN: 9781408891162

About Author

John Keay has been writing about Himalaya and traveling there since the 1960s. He wrote the two-volume Explorers of the Western Himalayas and wrote and presented a major BBC R3 documentary series on the Himalayan kingdom; other works include India: A History and China: A History. He has contributed to about a dozen anthologies and multi-authored works on the region and written the text for several photographic studies. He reviews for the Literary Review and the TLS. The Royal Society for Asian Affairs awarded him its Sykes medal for his "literary contribution to Asian studies" in 2009. He has been a Royal Literary Fund fellow since 2010. Himalaya, his twenty-second book, will be the summation of a lifetime's study. He lives in Scotland.

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