Slow Boats to China

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ISBN 9780571251032 Format Paperback
9780571251032
Paperback
Published 16/04/2009 Length 504 pages
504

About Book

Seven months and twenty-three agreeably ill-assorted vessels are what were required to transport Gavin Young, by slow boat, from Piraeus to Canton. His odyssey teemed with excitement, adventure and colour. Gavin Young's account memorably distils the people, places, smells, conversations, ships and history of the places he encountered in what is his most famous book.
The sequel, Slow Boats Home, is also reissued in Faber Finds.

'An unusual and fascinating book.' Hammond Innes, Guardian

'Storms, fleas, pirates, bad food and bureaucrats ... My Young suffered what he did to entertain us.'
Anthony Burgess, Observer

Seven months and twenty-three agreeably ill-assorted vessels are what were required to transport Gavin Young, by slow boat, from Piraeus to Canton. His odyssey teemed with excitement, adventure and colour. Gavin Young's account memorably distils the people, places, smells, conversations, ships and history of the places he encountered in what is his most famous book.The sequel, Slow Boats Home, is also reissued in Faber Finds. 'An unusual and fascinating book.' Hammond Innes, Guardian'Storms, fleas, pirates, bad food and bureaucrats ... My Young suffered what he did to entertain us.'Anthony Burgess, Observer
  • About Gavin Young

    Gavin Young (1929-2001) was a journalist, writer, and briefly a member of MI6. As a journalist, he was most associated with the Observer, being in the words of Mark Frankland's obituary 'a star foreign correspondent'. When disenchantment with journalism set in he turned to the writing of books. The two most famous ones are Slow Boats to China and its sequel Slow Boats Home. He himself had a particular affection for two later books In Search of Conrad (winner of the Thomas Cook Book Award) and A Wavering Grace. These and Beyond Lion Rock, From Sea to Shining Sea, Return to the Marshes and Worlds Apart are all being reissued in Faber Finds.

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