Someone asked me a while go which titles I look for in my book searching escapades. This is of course a can of worms question as a secondhand bookseller can sometimes look for years for particular authors or titles, to no avail. In other words, you can look but that doesn’t mean that you will find. I of course do have certain authors and titles that I look out for and sometimes, but only sometimes... and even then rarely..., I find them. Peter Hopkirk is one such author and when I found this title, my heart raced and I did not hesitate.
I read a number of Peters works many years ago, including Trespassers on the Roof of the World. From what I know, he tends to write about Central Asia and something known as The Great Game. Both Trespassers on the Roof of the World and The Great Game as a subject, have had a lasting influence on my reading agenda. It’s interesting that I can pin point an author such as Hopkirk as the starting point of a long list of books of interest that I have read. One of those books that came after reading Hopkirk was written by Abbé Huc of Huc & Gabet… the French missionary Catholic priest and traveller, famous for his accounts of China and now the inspiration for my bookselling business name “Huc & Gabet: Books of interest”.
If you read the publishers blurb above, you will probably notice the Afghanistan reference. This is referring to the Soviet war in Afghanistan during the 1980s and we know what happened after that debacle. This book whilst historical in content is still relevant to todays geopolitical landscape and in the past I have found Hopkirks books to be constantly relevant and fascinating when related to todays current affairs. Hopkirk is always worth reading.