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Colin Thubron is the prizewinning, bestselling author of several travel books. — biography from The Lost Heart of Asia
Shadow of the Silk Road 1,128 copies, 19 reviews
In Siberia 779 copies, 14 reviews
The Lost Heart of Asia 664 copies, 9 reviews
Among the Russians 446 copies, 6 reviews
To a Mountain in Tibet 420 copies, 16 reviews
The Great Cities: Jerusalem 182 copies, 2 reviews
The Venetians 151 copies
Journey into Cyprus 151 copies, 3 reviews
Mirror to Damascus 132 copies, 4 reviews
The Ancient Mariners 126 copies, 1 review
Night of Fire 121 copies, 6 reviews
The Hills of Adonis 108 copies, 3 reviews
To the Last City 83 copies, 3 reviews
The Great Cities: Istanbul 61 copies, 1 review
Falling 59 copies, 2 reviews
A Cruel Madness 49 copies
Distance 46 copies, 2 reviews
Samarkand 45 copies
Emperor 43 copies, 2 reviews
Entre árabes 8 copies, 1 review
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The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos (Editor; Introduction, some editions) 627 copies, 19 reviews
Arabia Felix: The Danish Expedition of 1761-1767 (Introduction, some editions) 315 copies, 7 reviews
Bad Trips (Contributor) 230 copies, 6 reviews
Granta 64: Russia the Wild East (Contributor) 161 copies
Stalin's Nose: Across the Face of Europe (Preface, some editions) 154 copies, 4 reviews
Granta 26: Travel (Contributor) 153 copies, 1 review
Granta 28: Birthday: The Anniversary Issue (Contributor) 149 copies, 1 review
Granta 20: In Trouble Again (Contributor) 130 copies, 1 review
Granta 10: Travel Writing (Contributor) 87 copies
Oxtravels: Meetings with Remarkable Travel Writers (Contributor) 53 copies, 3 reviews
Naar huis (Contributor) 16 copies
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Colin Thubron was born in London on 14 June 1939. Educated at Eton College, he worked briefly for the publishers Hutchinson and as a freelance television film-maker in Turkey, Japan and Morocco. His first book, Mirror to Damascus, was published in 1967. He continued to write about the Middle East in The Hills of Adonis: A Quest in Lebanon (1968) and Jerusalem (1969).

Among the Russians (1983) describes a journey he made by car through western Russia during the Brezhnev era. Behind the Wall: A Journey through China (1987) won both the Hawthornden Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. The Lost Heart of Asia (1994) narrates his travels through the newly-independent central Asian republics, exploring the effects of the collapse of the Soviet Union on the region. He returned to Russia for his most recent travel narrative, In Siberia (1999).
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature since 1969, Colin Thubron is a regular contributor and reviewer for magazines and newspapers including The Times, the Times Literary Supplement and The Spectator. He lives in London. His latest travel books are Shadows of the Silk Road (2006), an account of his 7,000-mile journey along the route of the Silk Road; and To a Mountain in Tibet (2011), about his pilgrimage to sacred Mount Kailas.
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