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Empires of the Indus

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781848547865

Price: £12.99

ON SALE: 21st June 2012

Genre: Humanities / History / Regional & National History / Asian History

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The Indus rises in Tibet, flows west across India, and south through Pakistan. For millennia it has been worshipped as a god; for centuries used as a tool of imperial expansion.

Empires of the Indus follows the river upstream and back in time, taking the reader on a voyage through two thousand miles of geography and more than five thousand years of history redolent with contemporary importance.


'Impressive and original ...In the course of her journey, Albinia encounters all kinds of danger, and at times her courage tips her into foolhardiness ... This however, is the behaviour we expect of the best kind of travel writer.'
Peter Parker, Daily Telegraph
'Empires of the Indus is a magnificent book, a triumphant melding of travel and history into a compelling story of adventure and discovery ... an inspiring book, and readers with even a fraction of Albinia's wanderlust will want to set off on their own explorations.'
Paddy Docherty, Financial Times
'Such an accomplished first book'
The Sunday Times
'In an engaging blend of travel writing and history, journalist Albinia charts the course of the longest river in the Indian subcontinent.'
Financial Times
'Its originality, enthusiasm and understanding add up to a memorable, illuminating read.'
'Imaginatively structured'
Scotland on Sunday
'As the first book of a young writer, it's an impressive achievement'
New Statesman
'The truly great achievement of this book is to reveal, unflinchingly and with panache, the rich and varied heritage of the Indus in all its appalling spleandour'
'Alice Albinia is well placed to unpick the country's complex history in this impressive debut'
'I have travelled much of the territory described here but I cannot say that I remotely knew it until I read this wonderful book. With her debut work Alice Albinia is set to take her place alongside the greats like Eric Newby and Colin Thubron. Her prose is lucid and entertaining and her insights invariably penetrating'
Fergal Keane