The Amur River
By Colin Thubron
One of the grandees of travel writing, Thubron enters his 9th decade by following the ‘almost impassable’ 4,500km Amur river along the Mongolia-China-Russia borders, encountering mistrust, resentment, tension and baffled, thuggish authorities. He also meets the locals, their cultures under threat from the political weight bearing down on them. It’s a powerful, relevant tale worthy of his very best work.