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Colin Thubron

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Colin Thubron
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Colin Thubron is a well-known travel writer and novelist. His first books were about the Middle East — Damascus, Lebanon and Cyprus. In 1982 he travelled by car into the Soviet Union, a journey recorded in Among the Russians.

From these early experiences developed his classic travel books into the landmass that makes up Russia and Asia: Behind the Wall: a journey through China, The Lost Heart of Asia, in Siberia, Shadow of the Silk Road and To a Mountain in Tibet.

He has won many prizes and awards. He is also a distinguished novelist, whose A Cruel Madness won the 1985 Silver Pen Award. In 2010 he became President of the Royal Society of Literature.

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