Travels in a Dervish Cloak
Isambard Wilkinson Eland Published: September 2017 Price: £19.95
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.