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THERE IS NOT much to say about this book by way of introduction. It describes an undeservedly successful attempt to travel overland from Peking in China to Kashmir in India. The journey took seven months and covered about 3,500 miles...With masterly understatement Peter Fleming begins this account of what is one of the true epics of adventure. With his companion, Eva Maillart, and motivated largely by curiosity, they set out across a China torn by civil war to journey through Sinkiang to British India. It had been eight ...

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Jun 9, 2015

He travelled widely in far places

The epitaph on the grave of Peter Fleming, the author of this book, reads:
He travelled widely in far places;
Wrote, and was widely read.
Soldiered, saw some of danger's faces,
Came home to Nettlebed.
The squire lies here, his journeys ended -
Dust, and a name on a stone -
Content, amid the lands he tended,
To keep this rendezvous alone.

Peter Fleming (1907 - 1971) was a great traveller. He was the brother of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond. The epitaph on his gravestone, in Nettlebed Churchyard, Oxfordshire, England, tells us a lot about the life he led. This book is one of the most absorbing true adventure stories I have read and, although not now widely available or known, it remains an awe-inspiring travelogue. Many of the places visited by Fleming on his 1935 seven month grand trek from Peking to Kashmir with the Swiss travel writer and adventurer Ella Maillart, are still rarely visited by outsiders or people from the West.

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