From the Back Cover
Abandoned by a girlfriend who eloped to faraway New Mexico, and inspired by reading the works of D.H. Lawrence, Henry Shukman determined that he would visit the state himself one day. It was to be some years before he realised his ambition, and when he finally did go he found a place very different from his expectations. Though it is changing fast, New Mexico still has some of the characteristics of the old frontier, attracting dreamers, visionaries and oddballs who have chosen to escape the confinements of the cities, to uncover the spirit of the desert and the Indians, or to settle into the hybrid Spanish culture. For Henry Shukman, New Mexico was to prove a series of magical places and bizarre encounters. Chance meetings brought him into contact with a flying priest, amiable cowboys and lonesome cowgirls, pueblo-dwelling artists and a monster fish, romantically inclined strangers and bar-room philosophers. 'Savage Pilgrims' is a story of the road that imperceptibly becomes the odyssey of a young man chasing his dreams and fleeing his demons.
"Raw and polished, intimate and offhand, wonderfully funny and full of wistful reflection and puzzlement…Shukman is a lyricist and an ardent drifter, the kind of writer you could happily take with you anywhere, like a pair of field glasses or a lover through whose eyes you see the world with a new freshness"
"Henry Shukman roars into the West with openness, charm and an admirable readiness to lay himself on the line"
"Shukman is a writer of real talent"
"Confirms his reputation as the most engaging travel companion imaginable"
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About the Author
Henry Shukman wrote his first book, ‘Sons of the Moon’, at the age of nineteen. Since then he has written for various publications, including ‘Conde Nast Traveller’, ‘GQ’ and the ‘Sunday Times’.