Himalayan rivers support a fifth of the world’s population, and everyone in the Asian subcontinent. Professor of South Asian Studies at Harvard, Amrith retells historical events and stories from a hydrological perspective, going on to discuss present day perils, global warming and beyond…
This is the 4th and final volume of a truly remarkable project. The illustrations throughout are wonderful, and the text is by one of the great authorities on the subject. All 4 vols are still available (for now) and cheap at the price (£120).
This fine book uncovers the stories of John Auden and Michael Spender, who, as Everest climbers and geologists, led lives quite as interesting though very different to those of their more famous older brothers.
Ziauddin Yousafzai & Louis Carpenter, introduction by Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai’s father built the school she attended when she was shot by the Taliban. A fervent believer in equality, he had built it so that she might be educated. This memoir is based around a series of portraits of his family.
Very beautiful, large format sequence of photographs of the Yangtse, from its source on the Tibetan plateau to Shanghai six thousand miles away. YWP avoids all clichéd images by taking her photographs at precise 100km intervals; the ordered randomness she creates is marvellously compelling.