A birthday present from Emma, as one of her favourite mountain books – and I can see why. A first timer’s account of a small team expedition to climb Mustagh Tower in beautiful Baltistan, Andrew Greig is a poet and not at all the macho mountaineer – and a lot of what he talks about is very familiar from my first treks.
We return to late 19th century Tennessee, where Thomas McNulty and John Cole are living quietly with Lige Magan, former slaves Rosalee and Tennyson Bouguereau and Winona, the Lakota Indian girl they adopted in Days Without End.
Mud and Stars combines Sara Wheeler’s periodic travels in and around various parts of the former Soviet Union with chapter-size biographies of some of Russia’s literary greats plus summaries of their major work(s).
She also makes interesting detours into the worlds of translation and her London-based adventures in learning the Russian language, culture and cuisine.
A good book for insights into modern Russia, and the great playwrights, poets and novelists of the 19th and 20th century – about whom I know (knew) next to nothing.