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Thubron, Colin 1939-

Works: 116 works in 885 publications in 17 languages and 22,804 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Naval history  Biography  Travel writing  Psychological fiction  Pictorial works  Suspense fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Director, Librettist
Classifications: G370, 915.8
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Jerusalem by Colin Thubron( Book )

41 editions published between 1969 and 1996 in 6 languages and held by 1,869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the history of Jerusalem, the three religions that revere this city as a holy place, and the city and its people today
Shadow of the Silk Road by Colin Thubron( Book )

46 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 1,660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A journey along the greatest land route on earth: out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran and into Kurdish Turkey, Colin Thubron covers some seven thousand miles in eight months. Making his way by local bus, truck, car, donkey cart and camel, he travels from the tomb of the Yellow Emperor to the ancient port of Antioch. The Silk Road is a huge network of arteries splitting and converging across the breadth of Asia. To travel it is to trace the passage not only of trade and armies but also of ideas, religions and inventions. But alongside this rich and astonishing past, this book is also about Asia today: a continent of upheaval. One of the trademarks of Thubron's travel writing is the beauty of his prose; another is his gift for talking to people and getting them to talk to him.--From publisher description
The Venetians by Colin Thubron( Book )

29 editions published between 1979 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 1,205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the history, development, and social characteristics of the Venetians and describes their armor, ships, and some of the battles in which they engaged
The ancient mariners by Colin Thubron( Book )

33 editions published between 1978 and 2004 in 5 languages and held by 1,111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses ancient Mediterranean civilizations and their commercial and military use of the seas
Istanbul by Colin Thubron( Book )

18 editions published between 1977 and 1983 in 4 languages and held by 1,008 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profusely illustrated text examines the history of Istanbul and discusses the city and its people today
The broken road : from the Iron Gates to Mount Athos by Patrick Leigh Fermor( Book )

13 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 780 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the winter of 1933 eighteen-year-old Patrick ("Paddy") Leigh Fermor set out to walk across Europe, starting in Holland and ending in Constantinople, a trip that took him the better part of a year. Decades later, when he was well over fifty, Leigh Fermor told the story of that life-changing journey in A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water, two works now celebrated as among the most vivid, absorbing, delightful, and beautifully-written travel books of all time. The Broken Road is the long and avidly awaited account of the final leg of his youthful adventure that Leigh Fermor promised but was unable to finish before his death in 2011. Assembled from Leigh Fermor's manuscripts by his prize-winning biographer Artemis Cooper and the travel writer Colin Thubron, this is perhaps the most personal of all Leigh Fermor's books, catching up with young Paddy in the fall of 1934 and following him through Bulgaria and Romania to the coast of the Black Sea. Days and nights on the road, spectacular landscapes and uncanny cities, friendships lost and found, leading the high life in Bucharest or camping out with fishermen and shepherds: in the The Broken Road such incidents and escapades are described with all the linguistic bravura, odd and astonishing learning, and overflowing exuberance that Leigh Fermor is famous for, but also with a melancholy awareness of the passage of time, especially when he meditates on the scarred history of the Balkans or on his troubled relations with his father. The book ends, perfectly, with Paddy's diary from the winter of 1934, when he had reached Greece, the country he would fall in love with and fight for. Across the space of three quarters of century we can still hear the ringing voice of an irrepressible young man embarking on a life of adventure"--
Mirror to Damascus by Colin Thubron( Book )

31 editions published between 1967 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides an history of Damascus from the Amorites of the Bible to the revolution of 1966, as well as being a personal record of a city well-loved
Night of fire : a novel by Colin Thubron( Book )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Award-winning, bestselling novelist and travel writer Colin Thubron returns to fiction with his first novel in more than a decade, a searing, poetic masterwork of memory. A house is burning, threatening the existence of its six tenants--including a failed priest; a naturalist; a neurosurgeon; an invalid dreaming of his anxious boyhood; and their landlord, whose relationship to the tenants is both intimate and shadowy. At times, he shares their preoccupations and memories. He will also share their fate. In Night of Fire, the passions and obsessions in a dying house loom and shift, from those of the hallucinating drug addict in the basement to the landlord training his rooftop telescope on the night skies. As the novel progresses, the tenants' diverse stories take us through an African refugee camp, Greek Orthodox monasteries, and the cremation grounds of India. Haunting the edges of their lives are memories. Will these remembrances be consumed forever by the flames? Or can they survive in some form? Night of Fire is Colin Thubron's fictive masterpiece: a novel of exquisite beauty, philosophical depth, and lingering mystery that is a brilliant meditation on life itself"--
Turning back the sun by Colin Thubron( Book )

20 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Far away from the city of his birth, in a frontier town on the edge of tribal wilderness, a doctor tries to resolve the seemingly unreconcilable demands of his public career and his personal feelings. He believes his exile her to be temporary, and youthful memories of the distant city torment him with an unbearable sense of loss. Yet he has grown to love a fellow exile, a woman of fierce independence and strong will, who belongs by nature to the warmth and chaos of the frontier? But, during a summer of drought and disease, the desert erupts into savagery and he is at last confronted by the choice of returning to the city or of remaining with her
The hills of Adonis; a quest in Lebanon by Colin Thubron( Book )

12 editions published between 1968 and 1969 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Colin Thubron combines scholarship and travel in his book about Lebanon. Not the Lebanon which a Beirut businessman would recognise but a coastline of small historic ports and beautiful mountains. For five hundred miles the author walked through the ruins of Phoenician, Greek and Roman, Crusader castles and Arab palaces; living with the people along his way and recording his impressions with enthusiasm
Among the Russians by Colin Thubron( Book )

43 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here is a fresh perspective on the last tumultuous years of the Soviet Union and an exquisitely poetic travelogue. With a keen grasp of Russia's history, a deep appreciation for its architecture and iconography, and an inexhaustible enthusiasm for its people and its culture, Colin Thubron is the perfect guide to a country most of us will never get to know firsthand. Here, we can walk down western Russia's country roads, rest in its villages, and explore some of the most engaging cities in the world. Beautifully written and infinitely insightful, Among the Russians is vivid, compelling travel writing that will also appeal to readers of history and current events?and to anyone captivated by the shape and texture of one of the world's most enigmatic culture
Falling by Colin Thubron( Book )

28 editions published between 1989 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een journalist wordt verliefd op een circusartieste die gevaarlijke stunts uitvoert, waarbij ze tenslotte een ongeluk krijgt en hem om euthanasie vraagt
A cruel madness by Colin Thubron( Book )

19 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In een instituut voor geesteszieken krijgen de meer valide patiënten Engelse les van een man in wiens leven zich een tragedie voltrekt
To the last city by Colin Thubron( Book )

21 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in 7 languages and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The story is set deep in the Peruvian Andes, where five ill-prepared travellers - men and women with different values, temperaments and motives - find themselves trekking through one of the most exacting and beautiful regions on earth." "It is a journey which may temper or destroy them. They confront not only their relationships with one another, but the enigmas of the country's past, the dangers of its present, and the limitations of their own minds and bodies. The 'lost city' of their destination Vilcabamba, last refuge of the Inca against the Spaniards, subsumed by jungle for four hundred years."--BOOK JACKET
To a mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron( Book )

26 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Colin Thubron travels to Tibet, and takes the pilgrimage route to Kailas, the most sacred of the world's mountains, holy to one fifth of the earth's people, but rarely visited by westerners. Buddhists and Hindus have ritually circled the mountain for centuries, but its steepest slopes are sacrosanct and no one has ever climbed to the summit. Thubron made the expedition shortly after his mother's death, and his hike through a challenging terrain of rocks, lakes and remote monasteries becomes a pilgrimage of his own
Distance by Colin Thubron( Book )

13 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edward has lost his short term-memory. He hopes it will return when he sees the cottage in which he lives. He recognizes his overcoat on the hook, his books, the double bed. The mystery however, is Naomi. Edward has no recollection of who she is or why she has left him a love letter. With Thubron's customary clarity he draws a bleak, amnesiac world in which a young man must face again old griefs and linger 'like a coward, just this side of knowing'. On the other side, the memory of a destructive, obsessive relationship looms
The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden by Clive Boursnell( Book )

11 editions published between 1982 and 1984 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Journey into Cyprus by Colin Thubron( Book )

20 editions published between 1975 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verslag van de reis die de Britse auteur en journalist in 1972 maakte door Cyprus, net voordat het land werd opgesplitst
In Siberia by Colin Thubron( Book )

46 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As mysterious as its beautiful, as forbidding as it is populated with warm-hearted people, Syberia is a land few Westerners know, and even fewer will ever visit. Traveling alone, by train, boat, car, and on foot, Colin Thubron traversed this vast territory, talking to everyone he encountered about the state of the beauty, whose natural resources have been savagely exploited for decades; a terrain tainted by nuclear waste but filled with citizens who both welcomed him and fed him'despite their own tragic poverty. From Mongoloia to the Artic Circle, from Rasputin's village in the west through tundra, taiga, mountains, lakes, rivers, and finally to a derelict Jewish community in the country's far eastern reaches, Colin Thubron penetrates a little-understood part of the world in a way that no writer ever has.>
Behind the wall : a journey through China by Colin Thubron( Book )

31 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the author's 10,000-mile journey across China
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Audience level: 0.37 (from 0.20 for The Veneti ... to 0.77 for Distance / ...)

Shadow of the Silk Road
Alternative Names
Colin Thubron britischer Schriftsteller

Colin Thubron Brits schrijver

Colin Thubron écrivain britannique

Shibolong, Kelin 1939-

Thubron, Colin

Thubron, Colin Gerald Dryden

Thubron , Colin Gerald Dryden <1939- >

Колин Таброн

더브런, 콜린 1939-

튜브런, 콜린 1939-

サブロン, コリン

テューブロン, コリン

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The VenetiansThe ancient marinersMirror to DamascusTurning back the sunAmong the RussiansFallingA cruel madnessTo the last city