Mark Shand trekked 300 miles across East Benghal and Assam on the back of an elephant with Parbato Barua, the foremost and only female elephant trainer in all India. This book describes the experiences shared during this remarkable journey - joining a government 'elephant squad' together with local villagers to chase a band of wild elephants off a tea estate, and making a stop at Parbati's ancestral home, now a virtual shrine to her father's lifelong work with elephants. The importance of this ancient knowledge becomes clear: if not preserved, the Asian elephant stands an even greater chance of disappearing altogether.
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WINNER OF THE 1992
'TRAVEL WRITER OF THE YEAR' AWARD
The bestselling sequel to Travels On My Elephant, which Eric Newby described as 'a pachydermic triumph' and which became a No.1 bestseller.
'A ripping yarn, told with wit and affection...he is wonderfully evocative. But there is a dark shadow which dominates the story. The Asian elephant is in trouble. Shand's plea for these giant creatures is a cry from the heart of a continent whose last wilderness is being lost, and it is all the more powerful because of his rare understanding of India and her people'
Brian Jackman, The Times
'A rare travel book combining humour, danger, a unique journey with a lovely woman, and an eloquent plea for the pathetically diminished Asian elephant herds'
Mavis Ross, Daily Mail
'So well does Mark Shand write that the account invokes the feelings of any enjoyable quest, anticipation at the outset and a deep regret as the journey's end approaches'
Ian Redmond, Literary ReviewAbout the Author:
Mark Shand received the Travel Writer of the Year Award for his number one bestseller Travels on My Elephant. His previous book, Skullduggery, with photographs by Don McCullin, is the story of his search for the head-hunting tribes of Indonesia. He wrote the script and narrated the 'Discovery' feature-length television film 'Queen of the Elephants'.
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Book Description Vintage, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0099592010
Book Description Random House UK. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0099592010 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW4.0039512
Book Description Random House UK, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110099592010