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The Lost Art of Silence

Publication day – December 5th – is approaching and the book, my book, seems to be generating a fair amount of interest. Exciting! There have already been reviews in Tricycle, Foreword, Publisher’s Weekly, The Next Big Idea Club and Shelf Awareness – and I have several Zooms coming up.

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Ages since I’ve posted … my exhibition back in November went very well … I went to New York soon after it finished, and was lucky to be there during that small window that opened before Omicrom hit! I managed to go to lots of exhibitions including the temporarily housed Frick Madison in what was…
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Botswana

Just back from my trip to the Okavango Delta in Botswana, organised by Bill Burns (http://www.botswanatrek.com)  and guided on the ground by Johnny Ramsden who runs a mobile-safari company with his wife Tasha. We were incredibly lucky to see so many animals close to – it almost seemed staged since each day we saw something different….
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Gavin Young – published in Independent January 19th 2001

GAVIN YOUNG Although Gavin Young reckoned that he ‘fell into journalism as a drunken man falls into a pond’ he spent most of his working life as one of the Observer’s best foreign-correspondents, later becoming the author of many successful travel books. Young was born on April 24th 1928 and spent his youth in Cornwall…
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K’Tut Tantri – published in Independent September 1997

K’TUT TANTRI ‘Romance’ was the key to K’tut Tanti’s extraordinary character and life. She jealously protected her history by deliberately obscuring her past, by endlessly changing her aliases and by constantly reinventing herself. From what can be pieced together it seems that Muriel Stuart Walker was born in Glasgow on February 18th 1898; her mother was…
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Duncan Pryde – published in Independent – December 1997

DUNCAN PRYDE Duncan Pryde, who probably knew the Arctic ‘better than any white man of his generation’, was in the middle of the massive task of compiling a dictionary of the 26 dialects of the Inuit (or Eskimo) language when he died from cancer. Pryde, who had four brothers and one sister, had been brought…
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Ella Maillart – published April 1997 – in Independent

ELLA MAILLART ‘To dawdle is my usual fashion, as if I had the whole of eternity before me.’ This sums up Ella Maillart’s approach to travel; she liked travelling slowly, absorbing the culture and she understood the importance of finding the similarities rather than the differences between people. It was this inquisitiveness about other people…
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Mary Lutyens – obituary 1999

Mary Lutyens, who became the acknowledged world expert and writer on Krishnamurti, was only two years old when her mother, Lady Emily Lutyens, became a theosophist. In 1911 Krishnamurti and his brother Nitya were brought to England by Mrs Besant and as Lady Emily took the two boys ‘under her wing’, the young Mary grew…
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J.G Links – obituary – Oct 3rd 1997

Joe Links was a modest man who was extremely wise, versatile and able; he was always polite and worked hard all his life not to make an enemy. ‘I have had a very private life and I hope to go on being private for what’s left of it,’  he said  in 1989. He was born…
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Emily Hahn – obituary 1997

EMILY HAHN ‘I have deliberately chosen the uncertain path whenever I had the choice…A more important freedom was that which made it possible to travel ‘ wrote Emily Hahn in 
 China to Me
 (1944). In 1930 after making some money from her first book Seductio ad Absurdum: The Principles and Practices of Seduction
 (1930) Hahn…
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