“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.
The book hits shelves across Canada on January 30th, 2018 and in the USA on August 21st, 2018. You can pre-order now to win friends and influence people, or at least make our day (and get a discount while you’re at it!):
The book will also be published in some other territories around the world, with translations in French, German, and Chinese pending…more details on those editions soon!