In 2001, Rory Stewart set off from Herat to walk to Kabul via the mountains of Ghor in central Afghanistan. This is literary travel writing, but with a greater element of adventure and danger. It is an account of what it is like to travel painfully and slowly on foot in an alien and hostile landscape.
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'Rory Stewart must have balls of steel. But he writes like an angel all the same' -- Giles Foden
'This is an astonishing achievement: a unique journey of great courage' -- Colin Thubron
'This is travelling at its hardest and travel-writing at its best: a most perilous journey recounted with skill and understanding' -- David Gilmour
...A laconic but moving account of his heroic walk through Afghanistan. -- Simon Gray in The Daily Telegraph, November 2004
Adapted for the afternoon play on Radio 4 and Radio Times
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