“Carried me up into a state of excitement I haven’t felt for years. It’s a modern classic.”
—Pico Iyer on Lands of Lost Borders
Ever wondered what it’s like to sneak across Tibet with your best childhood pal in the guise of androgynous Chinese cyclists? To test the limits of sanity, friendship, and nations while pedaling for ten months through ten countries, several with names ending in ‘stan’? To set off for Mars, determined to be a modern-day explorer, and end up—marvellous error!—on a bicycle on the Silk Road instead?
Well hold your breath no more, because I have just the book for you! Weaving adventure and deep reflection with the history of science and exploration, LANDS of LOST BORDERS is a chronicle of my (Kate Harris‘) and Melissa Yule’s Cycling Silk odyssey and much more. It is a study of the limits we set ourselves, and the importance of testing them; an examination of the stories borders tell, and the restrictions they place on nature and humanity; and a meditation on the existential need to explore—the basic longing to discover what exactly, or even generally, we are doing here.
The book is now available in Canada and the USA, and will be out in hardcover in the UK on October 4th, 2018. Translated editions of the book are forthcoming with publishers in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Taiwan. Let us know what you think!