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Lesley Blanch – obituary 2007

As a child in London, Lesley Blanch and her parents were often visited by the Traveller, a mysterious Russian, who enthused the young Lesley with Siberian stories and tales of his daring-do. This passion for Russia and things Russian never left her: the ‘Love of my heart, the fulfilment of the senses and the kingdom…
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Richard Trench – Obituary 1997

By nature, Richard Trench who has died from a heart attack at the age of 48, was a nomad. He was a scavenger for information and because he found almost everything interesting he adapted to any situation with relative ease. This desire for knowledge made him a very lively companion; he took a keen interest…
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New exhibition

I am going to have an exhibition of my paintings in Aldeburgh in Suffolk at the beginning of November during the poetry festival which is over the weekend of November 2nd. This is exciting but also rather daunting – I need to produce around forty framed pictures which I will need to sell as I…
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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

I wrote the following review for the September 2014 Conde Nast Traveller: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard. After reading Annie Dillard’s finely observed descriptions of nature and place you begin to see the world truly. On her walks, Dillard sees herself as both explorer and stalker and Tinker Creek – near her home in a valley…
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Me and my travels: Sarah Anderson

Travel Writing

This article was first published in The Observer on 4 May, 2008. Click here to read the article on the Guardian and Observer website > My first independent trip … Around America in a Greyhound bus when I was 23. I bought a 99-days-for-$99 pass and stayed for a year. After that I went round…
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In search of Shangri-La

Travel Writing

This article was first published in the Times Online, on May 7, 2007 Our literary traveller, Sarah Anderson, packed her books again and travels to Tibet Does Shangri-la really exist? Certainly there has long been the appeal of a mythical land where no one ever got old, but it was only in the 1990s when…
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You haven’t been to Cuba yet?

Travel Writing

This article was first published in the Times Online, on April 11, 2007 Our globe-trotting literary traveller Sarah Anderson hits the road again with her books, this time to Cuba It was my 22-year old niece’s idea to go to Cuba, she only had to twist my arm vaguely, since I’m always keen to go…
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To Siberia by rail on a literary quest

Travel Writing

This article was first published in the Times Online, on September 13, 2006 Sarah Anderson travels on the Trans-Siberian Railway and stops in Russia on a trip inspired by a host of literary greats A journey to Siberia by train in search of Shamans, Old Believers and following – albeit in relative comfort – in…
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Myths and mountains in Romania

Travel Writing

This article was first published in the Times Online, on September 29 2006 Sarah Anderson traverses the small towns and tall tales of Eastern Europe, to find a country of bears, frescoes and sad histories After flying to Bucharest where the temperature was in the 90sF, we took a six-hour train ride to Suceava: “a…
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A literary tour of Bangkok

Travel Writing

This article was first published in the Times Online, on April 21, 2006 A fascination with bookshops leads Sarah Anderson to this invigorating city to explore the literature it inspired The Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC) opened in Bangkok’s Emporium Centre in November 2005. This enterprising organisation aims to let the world know that…
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