I’m a sucker for a good travel book, and I’m loving this book my friend and fellow traveller Noel gave me for my birthday. Here’s an excerpt from the flap:
In the late 1800’s, when women were laced into layer upon layer of cumbersome clothing and bound by strict Victorian morals, a small band of astonishing women explorers and travelers burst forth to claim for themselves the adventurous life. Among them were the five dauntless women who are the subject of this book: three British — Nina Mazuchelli, Annie Taylor and Isabella Bird Bishop; one American — Fanny Bullock Workman; and one French — Alexandra David-Neel. Some other some were drawn to Arabia, Africa and the Gobi Desert; but the magnet that drew these five women from the comfort and safety of home was Tibet. Tibet was the final impenetrable mystery, the ultimate in exploration.