Colin Thubron CBE is an acknowledged master of travel writing, and the winner of many prizes and awards. His first writing was about the Middle East – Damascus, Lebanon and Cyprus. In 1982 he travelled into the Soviet Union in an ancient Morris Marina, pursued by the KGB, a journey he recorded in Among the Russians. From these early experiences developed his classic travel books: Behind the Wall (winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Award), The Lost Heart of Asia, In Siberia (Prix Bouvier) and Shadow of the Silk Road. In 2010 he became President of the Royal Society of Literature. His most recent book is To a Mountain in Tibet.