W&N History / Travel HB July £25.00 480pp 8pp colour illustrations and b&w photographs in text 978 0 297 60871 4 eBook: £25.00 / 978 0 297 60872 1 Audio: £25.00 / 978 1 4091 6286 5 / 12 hrs
‘Robert Twigger is not so much a travel writer as a thrillseeking philosopher’ – Esquire
ROBERT TWIGGER White Mountain A Biography of the Himalayas
A dazzling journey through the history of the world’s greatest mountain range by the acclaimed writer and explorer. Home to mythical kingdoms, wars and expeditions, and strange and magical beasts, the Himalayas have always loomed tall in our imagination. Overrun at different times by Buddhism, Taoism, shamanism, Islam and Christianity, they are the Grand Central Station of the world’s religions. They are also a plant hunter’s paradise, a climber’s challenge, and a traveller’s dream. In his quest to explore the region’s seismic history, Twigger seeks out the Nagas, who helped his grandfather build a camp for Allied soldiers near Imphal during the Second World War, and takes the most scenic bike ride in the world from Lhasa to Kathmandu. The result is a sweeping, gloriously wide-ranging history and exploration of the Himalayan region. ‘Robert Twigger’s books have won him acclaim as a writer of enormous energy and originality’ The Scotsman Robert Twigger is the author of nine fiction and nonfiction books and several collections of poetry. After attending Oxford University he trained with the Tokyo Riot Police, which became the subject of his bestselling book Angry White Pyjamas, which was awarded the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.
W&N Non-Fiction • July 2016
Location: Bridport, Dorset Available for interview www.roberttwigger.com @roberttwigger