Trav­els in a Dervish Cloak

Isam­bard Wilkin­son Eland Pub­lished: Septem­ber 2017 Price: £19.95

Timeless Travels Magazine - - BOOK REVIEW -

Snug­gle down and let this won­der­ful book wrap it­self around you like a warm cloak. There is noth­ing bet­ter than to read of some­one who has been spell­bound by a coun­try in their youth to ac­tu­ally vis­it­ing it and find­ing out whether it lives up to ex­pec­ta­tions or not.

This is what hap­pened to the au­thor. His grand­mother was of An­glo-In­dian her­itage and she was vis­ited each year by her friend the Begum, and he would lis­ten, en­thralled, to their sto­ries of Pak­istan.

Years later he worked in Pak­istan as a for­eign cor­re­spon­dent dur­ing the war on ter­ror. Keen to find the coun­try he had heard about as a child and to find the sto­ries be­hind the head­lines, he ac­tively set out to dis­cover the essence of a coun­try con­vulsed by Is­lamic vi­o­lence. Will he be able to find any rem­nant of the old and mys­ti­cal Pak­istan?

Wilkin­son cap­tures the reader’s at­ten­tion from the start and takes them on a jour­ney which in­cludes charis­matic tribal chief­tains mak­ing their last stand to hered­i­tary saints bless­ing pros­ti­tutes. It is full of wit, ad­ven­ture and in­sight into a coun­try which is 70 years-old this year.

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