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'One of the oldest, most mysterious and fascinating cities in the world has found a worthy biographer- a rare event and one not to be missed' Sunday Times

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Colin Thubron is the master of classic travel writing, and a previous winner of the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. His first writing was about the Middle East - Damascus, Lebanon and Cyprus. In 1982 he travelled all over Russia in an ancient Morris Marina - pursued at every stage by the KGB. From these early experiences developed his travel books- Among the Russians, Behind the Wall, The Lost Heart of Asia and In Siberia (all available in Vintage). So great is his dedication to travelling in Russia and China, that he has learned Russian and Mandarin in order to be able to speak to ordinary people en route.

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"One of the oldest, most mysterious and fascinating cities in the world has found a worthy biographer: a rare event and one not to be missed" * Sunday Times *
"One of the most subtly beautiful books about a city I have ever read" -- Jan Morris
"Colin Thubron writes in a classical style of grave beauty, with an intense feeling for place and people" * New York Times *
"From the earliest legend to the latest coup, Mirror to Damascus reflects every discoverable facet of the city... a quite exceptional travel writer" * Daily Telegraph *
"One of the great merits of Mr Thubron's admirable book is that he balances this tribute to a place of which he is clearly very fond with the harsh facts of history... he was always moved by the best motives - curiosity and affection" * The Times *

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