Crossing the Shadow Line: Travels in South East Asia, by Andrew Eames (Sceptre 1988)

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Andrew Eames was under the spell of Joseph Conrad when he set out as a naive graduate to spend 2 years exploring Asia. He had many adventures in Thailand, Laos Malaysia, India, the Timor Sea and the Himalaya. Eames is an intelligent, observant and compassionate traveller, intrepid or foolhardy by turns, and the reader has a sense of his coming of age. The journey changes him, as all good journeys should, and he is honest about himself and other travellers, while also being amusing and thought provoking. Worth seeking out.