Runner-up in the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards Adventure Travel Book of the Year 2018
‘Remote, mountainous and forbidding, here shamans still fly through the night, hidden valleys conceal portals to other worlds, yetis leave footprints in the snow, spirits and demons abound, and the gods are appeased by the blood of sacrificed beasts’
A mountainous state clinging to the far north-eastern corner of India, Arunachal Pradesh – meaning ‘land of the dawn-lit mountains’ – has remained uniquely isolated. Steeped in myth and mystery, not since pith-helmeted explorers went in search of the fabled ‘Falls of the Brahmaputra’ has an outsider dared to traverse it. Travelling some 2,000 miles from the jungles of Assam to snowy Himalayan passes, Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent sets out to chronicle this forgotten corner of Asia. On the way she meets shamans, hunters and lamas, attends fantastic tribal gatherings, relates little known stories from the Second World War and discovers a world and a way of living that are on the cusp of vanishing forever.
Here’s what a few people have said about it.
‘A fabulously thrilling journey through a beguiling land’Joanna Lumley
‘A tale of delight and exuberance – and one I’d thoroughly recommend. Bolingbroke-Kent proves a great travelling companion – compassionate, spirited and with a sharp eye for human oddity’Benedict Allen
‘Exquisitely written, with a strong sense of place and proper travel writing in the classic style.’Phoebe Smith, one of the judges of the 2018 Stanford Travel Writing Awards.
‘A beautifully-written, exciting and revealing book that harks back to a golden age of travel writing’Lois Pryce
‘A transformative journey that gripped me from the very first page’Alastair Humphreys
‘With tremendous verve and determination Antonia plunges through an extraordinary world. Thank heavens she survived to tell this vivid and thoughtful tale’Ted Simon
‘A plucky and stimulating read.’Geographical magazine
‘A terrific read.’Overland magazine.
‘Insightful, intelligent, funny and wise…a winner.’The Mirror
‘An amazing book.’The Assam Tribune
Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountains is Antonia’s third book and was published by Simon & Schuster in the UK, USA and India in 2017. It’s available on Amazon and in all good book shops, as well as from this very website. To buy a signed copy direct from Antonia just complete the below. And PLEASE make sure you select the right postage amount!