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Alexander Frater CHASING THE MONSOON First Edition Signed

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First UK edition, first print hardback published by Viking / Penguin Group in 1990. Signed by Frater on the title page. With full numberline 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2
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First UK edition, first print hardback of CHASING THE MONSOON, by Alexander Frater and published by Viking/ Penguin Group, London in 1990. Signed by Frater on the title page. With full numberline 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 on the copyright page.

The book is in very good condition (Clean blue cloth boards with silver lettering on spine), with slight wear to the illustrated dust jacket which is price clipped, (light creasing to the edges, slight peeling to a small part of the spine, a fingernail closed tear to the top spine corner). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions.

Alexander Frater has contributed to various UK publications and, as chief travel correspondent of the Observer, he won an unprecedented number of British Press Travel Awards as well as a Travelex Travel Writer's Award. Two of his books, Beyond the Blue Horizon and Chasing the Monsoon, have been made into major BBC television films. His most recent book is Tales from the Torrid Zone. Alexander Frater has been a contracted New Yorker writer; as chief travel correspondent of the London Observer.

"Each year, on the first of June, the summer monsoon arrives over the city of Trivandrum at the southernmost tip of India. Its majestic progress north towards the Himalayas, marked by celebrations, processions, festivals and the release of a lot of pent-up emotion, brings it ultimately to the old British hill station of Cherrapunji, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the wettest place on Earth.

In 1987 Alexander Frater, his fascination with weather phenomena implanted during a childhood spent on a hurricane-ridden South Sea island, determined to follow the monsoon all the way up the sub-continent. This book is an account of his magnificently ambitious and exotic journey, and his growing awareness of the monsoon's towering influence on every aspect of Indian life.

While awaiting the initial 'burst' in Trivandrum he investigated the local monsoon cures and endures the ferociously hot local curries; in Goa he joined rich socialites for one of their famously wild monsoon parties, at drought-stricken Deeg in Rajasthan he gained access to an astonishing monsoon pavilion where 3,000 coloured fountains give the illusion of bountiful monsoon rain. And in Delhi, visited during Parliament's Monsoon Session, he found officials curiously reluctant to let him into Cherrapunji where - after becoming an illegal immigrant and found a graveyard full of British suicides - he finally discovered why."

273 pages.

ISBN: 0 670 81943 3

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