“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 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.
You can pre-order the Canadian edition (Knopf Canada) now to win friends and influence people, or at least make our day. This means you’ll get a discount on the price, and you’ll receive the hardcover as soon as it hits bookshelves in Canada on January 30th, 2018. If you live in the USA, you can either order off Amazon.ca (the CAD$ is cheap, as is shipping!) or wait for the US edition (Dey Street/HarperCollins) to be released in May 2018. The book will also be published in a few other territories around the world…more details soon!