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Slow Boats to China

Gavin Young
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571251032
Date Published
16.04.2009
Delivery
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Summary

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

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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…

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