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Highly observant, with a keen sense of the incongruous, Eric Newby is always entertaining as he transports the reader around the world, from his earliest childhood adventures among the shops, streets and eccentrics of darkest Barnes to an elephant fair in India; from the faded glamour of days and nights on the Orient Express to a troglodytic settlement of opal-miners in Australia, where men carrying large amounts of cash travel armed, but have still been known to disappear. Whether dealing with the logistics of baby-rearing or attempting to escape from the tourist trail in China, the exuberance and humour that distinguishes Newby's best work will delight both existing admirers and new readers.
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Eric Newby was born in London in 1919. In 1938, he joined the four-masted Finnish barque Moshulu as an apprentice and sailed in the last Grain Race from Australia to Europe, by way of Cape Horn. During World War II, he served in the Black Watch and the Special Boat Section. In 1942, he was captured and remained a prisoner-of-war until 1945. He subsequently married the girl who helped him to escape, and for the next fifty years, his wife Wanda was at his side on many adventures. After the war, he worked in the fashion business and book publishing but always travelled on a grand scale, sometimes as the Travel Editor for the Observer. He was made CBE in 1994 and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the British Guild of Travel Writers in 2001. Eric Newby died in 2006.Review:
"Newby possesses all the properties of a good travel writer: the understatement, the self-ridicule, and the delight in the foreignness of foreigners."--Evelyn Waugh
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