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ALONE THROUGH CHINA AND TIBET Helena Drysdale SIGNED

ALONE THROUGH CHINA AND TIBET Helena Drysdale SIGNED

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First UK edition, first print hardback of ALONE THROUGH CHINA AND TIBET, by Helena Drysdale and published by Constable and Company Ltd., London, in 1986. Signed and inscribed by the author on the title page (see picture below).

The book is in very good condition (clean blue boards and silver lettering on spine which has very slight creasing to the edges) with only slight wear to the dust jacket, which is not price clipped (only slight creasing to edges, there is a little closed tear at the back top corner and a small blue water stain inside the jacket which is invisible from outside). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears. There is a previous owner's 'This Book Belongs to...' sticker on the half title page. and a little yellowish foxing to the top page ends.

Helena Drysdale's first book.

The orient, with its utterly different customs and beliefs, still retains an air of deep mystery, and it was almost inconceivable for a young girl in her early twenties to travel alone to such 'outlandish' places as China and Tibet. But in 1985, in time for Chinese New Year and all the accompanying celebrations, Helena Drysdale arrived in Canton and spent the next five months working her way from the lush hills of Hainan Island, across the wastelands of the north west to Tibet, and thence to Nepal.

Wanning, Xining, Golmud, Sagya - the names of some of the places are as unfamiliar as the distances between them are vast. Her experiences along the way range from the hilarious to the macabre: hailed as a visiting VIP in the remote hills of Hainan; taking part in a spectacular Lantern Festival; witnessing the dawn Sky Burial in Tibet. Exploring back streets, markets, temples, on bicycles, buses and trains, she travelled and lived with ordinary people - teachers, sailors, black marketeers, monks - making friends and visiting their families. The result is a vivid and authentic picture of life in China, as it emerges from the rigorous doctrines of Chairman Mao.

She discovered too the exhilaration - and occasional anxiety - of travelling alone; the contradictory urge to go on, and yet sometimes to turn and run for home. From time to time other travellers crossed her path: Patrick, a Belgian who had rescued her from hospital; Martin, a rootless Swiss communist; and for part of her journey she followed the steps of someone who had passed this way some sixty years before, the stalwart Alexandra David-Neel, the first western woman to reach Lhasa.

A fascinating, lively and gripping book from an acclaimed award-winning British travel writer.

207 pages with 16 pages of black & white photographs and maps on endpapers.

ISBN: 0 09 467200 8

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