The Great Game, Peter Hopkirk
Chronicling the extraordinary history of the region, from Genghis Khan to the Bolsheviks, this is a wonderfully readable book, focusing primarily on the wars, alliances & intrigues caused by the imperial rivalry of Britian and Russian during the 19th Century. In our opinion an absolute must for anyone visiting the area.
The Gilgit Game and Where Men and Mountains Meet, both by John Keays
Both books provide gripping accounts of the explorers of the North Western Himalayas in the late nineteeth century.
Pakistan: A Hard Country, Anatol Lieven
A finely researched & illuminating history of Pakistan, suitable for anyone looking for a better understanding of a complex country.
Pakistan: On the Brink, the Future of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the West, Ahmed Rashid
A study of the current situation in Pakistan, by one of the country’s most respected journalists: "a meticulous, reliable and authoritative chronicler… unlike many journalists Rashid has the courage to outline how he believes the catastrophic situation in his homeland … can be improved", Jason Burke, Observer.
On Wings of Diesel: Trucks, Identity and Culture in Pakistan, Jamal T Elias
A beautifully illustrated examination of the art of truck decoration: one of the distinguishing features of Pakistani culture.
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush
Eric Newby’s classic account of his adventures in the Hindu Kush is an absolute must for anyone visiting the area.
For a Pagan Song, Jonny Bealby
Jonny’s travels in the footsteps of the man who would be king brings the area to life and introduces the reader to his friends in the Kalash Valley.
Among Muslims: Meetings at the Frontiers of Pakistan, Kathleen Jamie
A fascinating account of the poet Kathleen Jamie’s travels in the Northern Areas, where she lived among Shia & Ismaeili Muslims in the 1990s, and returned to write this new edition. A beautifully told insight into the lives of the local people.
Out of Steppe, Daniel Metcalfe
Daniel Metcalfe travels through Central Asia, Afganistan & Pakistan, providing a valuable insight into the lives of the people he meets, including the Kalash.
Where the Indus is Young, Dervla Murphy
Dervla Murphy’s inspiring account of her trek through the Karakourum mountains with her six year old daughter, includes many of the places visited on this trip, including Gilgit, Hunza & the road from Skardu to Khaplu.
Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortensen
The uplifting story of Greg Mortensen’s mission to build a school in northern Pakistan, highlights a mountaineer’s love for the parts of Pakistan that we visit.
The Man Who Would Be King, Rudyard Kipling
A collection of Kipling’s greatest short stories, beginning with the classic tale of adventure in which Peachey and Daniel set off for the kingdom of Kafiristan.
In the Orchard the Swallows, Peter Hobbs
The story of a boy & girl who meet in a village in northern Pakistan at a wedding, and the fate that befalls them. Clear & beautiful prose, "a perfectly cut jewel of a book", The Financial Times.
The Wandering Falcon, Jamil Ahmad
A series of linked short stories in which a Pakistani boy moves between remote tribal areas on the borders of Pakistan & Afganistan: a breathtaking portrayal of the culture & people of this region: "an insider’s account of the hard-bitten lives of the scores of tribes, collectively known as the Pawindas, or foot-people…mesmerising", The Times.
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, Daniyal Mueenuddin
A series of short stories that describe the world of the Harounis, a Pakistani landowning family. "Mueenuddin writes with the freshness of an exile & the intimacy of an insider about Pakistani culture".
A stunning introduction to a range of modern Pakistani writers.