THUBRON, Colin. Behind the Wall. A Journey through China. London: Mackays of Chatham Ltd for William Heinemann Ltd, 1987.
8vo (234 x 152mm). Original blue boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, map endpapers, dustwrapper with illustration after Mark Entwistle; pp. ix, [1 (blank)], 307, [3 (blanks)]; boards very slightly discolored at upper edges, dustwrapper slightly faded on spine, very slightly creased at edges and price-clipped, otherwise a very good copy.
First edition. Thubron's account of his 10,000-mile journey from Beijing to Tibet: 'Ranging from the Burmese frontier to the Gobi Desert, from the Yellow Sea to the edge of Tibet, the book is a brilliant mosaic of scenes and encounters, written in a lyrical, almost poetic, prose. A tour of a mental hospital in Shanghai, a night in Mao's bed, a visit to a tongue doctor, an evening in a floating fun palace called The Sea Paradise -- each moment of Thubron's journey is illuminated by his eye for detail and his gift for communicating and listening to the ordinary people he meets' (dustwrapper blurb). Behind the Wall won both the Hawthornden Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel award.