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'Impressive and original ...In the course of her journey, Albinia encounters all kinds of danger, and at times her courage tips her into foolhardiness ... This however, is the behaviour we expect of the best kind of travel writer.' (Peter Parker, Daily Telegraph)
'Empires of the Indus is a magnificent book, a triumphant melding of travel and history into a compelling story of adventure and discovery ... an inspiring book, and readers with even a fraction of Albinia's wanderlust will want to set off on their own explorations.' (Paddy Docherty, Financial Times)
'Such an accomplished first book' (The Sunday Times)
'In an engaging blend of travel writing and history, journalist Albinia charts the course of the longest river in the Indian subcontinent.' (Financial Times)
'Its originality, enthusiasm and understanding add up to a memorable, illuminating read.' (Scotsman)
'Imaginatively structured' (Scotland on Sunday)
'As the first book of a young writer, it's an impressive achievement' (New Statesman)
'The truly great achievement of this book is to reveal, unflinchingly and with panache, the rich and varied heritage of the Indus in all its appalling spleandour' (Guardian)
'Alice Albinia is well placed to unpick the country's complex history in this impressive debut' (Independent)
'I have travelled much of the territory described here but I cannot say that I remotely knew it until I read this wonderful book. With her debut work Alice Albinia is set to take her place alongside the greats like Eric Newby and Colin Thubron. Her prose is lucid and entertaining and her insights invariably penetrating' (Fergal Keane)
From Tibet to Pakistan, a mesmerising history of the Indus River's civilizations, emperors and explorers.See all Product Description
This is an highly readable book, suffused with empathy for ordinary people, sceptical eye for the designs of empire and ruling orders, written in pleasing prose. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dr Gautam Sen
This is travel writing at its absolute best. Empires of the Indus shines a light on a part of the world that is much in the news but little understood. Read morePublished 6 months ago by PaulB
I have to take my hat off to Alice Albinia for this book, an incredibly well researched exploration of the River Indus, past and present, and the amazing journey she made doing so. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Keen Reader
easy to read as a starter book on the subject with good references about histroy, but terribly biased against Pakistan. Read morePublished 19 months ago by SH
My sister wanted to buy this book, purely out of interest. She has taken it back to Italy with her, among many others she has purchased (about 10 books in all), and is slowly... Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2013 by pippy longstocking
I've really enjoyed reading "Empires of the Indus", written by Alice Albinia.
The Indus river rises in Tibet, flows west across India, and south through Pakistan. Read more
While a lot of fiction and non-fiction gets written about India, we see fewer books about Pakistan (unless involving Islamists / Taliban etc). Read morePublished on 24 April 2011 by 101