Most people have heard of 'A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush', perhaps Eric Newby's best-known book - but this tale is equally absorbing, well-written and illustrated, and a fascinating account of the very last grain race that ever took place. Newby, aged 18, signed on in 1938 as an apprentice in the 4-masted ship 'Moshulu' for the round trip to Australia and back, via the Cape of Good Hope (outbound, unladen) and Cape Horn (with a cargo of grain). As the only Englishman on board, he had to fight to establish his position, but was successful, and this wonderful tale brings the reader right into the world of the great sailing ships before the Second World War.
George Eric Newby (1919-2006) was an English travel writer whose personality shone through his (very popular) books. Most of his life was involved with travel - either doing it, making films about it, or editing a column in the Observer magazine. He did, however, have a short spell in the fashion business after his time in the Black Watch & Special Boat Section in WWII.
Our book is in very nice condition, in an unclipped dust jacket protected by a plastic outer cover. It is bound in dark blue cloth with a lighter blue panel on the spine containing the title etc in gilt with gilt dividing lines. Inside, there are some pale brown stains on the title page and the frontispiece opposite (?coffee?), and there is a little foxing on the long edge of the book block, extending minimally into the rear endpaper and the folding map at the back of the book. However, there are no signs of shelf wear, and the binding is firm. All pages are clean and bright. A very nice copy.