Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountains published 15 June!

Greetings from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

It’s been a while (ahem, a year in fact) since I last tapped out a blog.  Apologies for such a sinfully long absence. However, since I spent the majority of 2016 sweating over my laptop in a shepherd’s hut in Somerset, there wasn’t much to report. But now I am delighted to say that Land of the Dawn Lit Mountains: A journey across Arunachal Pradesh – India’s forgotten frontier is now FINISHED. Hoorah! The finished copies came back from the printers  a few days ago and will be published by Simon & Schuster UK and Simon & Schuster India on 15 June 2017. That’s just a month away. Double Hoorah! And if you’re really keen you can pre-order it on Amazon here.


‘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

‘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


I’ll be gadding around the country this summer and autumn doing talks, launch events and festivals, with more dates being added all the time. To see where I’ll be, have a goggle at my talks page here. And if you’d like to book me for an event then drop me a line here.


Marley and I are mid-way through an exploratory mission in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, setting up new expeditions for our small but fast-growing company Edge Expeditions. We’ve celebrated the Queen’s birthday at the British Ambassador’s residence in Dushanbe, stood on blustery mountains in the far east of Tajikistan, seen Marco Polo sheep, eaten more instant noodles than is decent (being a vegetarian in Central Asia isn’t always easy), attempted to cure bronchitis with large shots of vodka and are now mildly perspiring in the spring heat of Bishkek. Next week we’re off to explore the east of Kyrgyzstan on two-wheels before jetting home to prepare for my book launch. After a stint in the Pamirs, this girl needs at least two weeks to sort her hair out pre-launch.

More news soon, and hope to see you on the road somewhere.

Ants x

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