A collection of writing from Britain's best-loved travel writer, `A Merry Dance around the World' is the culmination of a lifetime of adventure.
Covering everything from the birth of Eric Newby in 1919 at the 'ghastly hour' of 3.45am, to Herculean cycling escapades in his seventies through the wiles of the Irish winter, this is an astonishing catalogue of disasters and misunderstandings. Newby's compassionate grace and sharp wit ensure that every adventure is as charming, hilarious and wild as his last.
Including extracts from his masterpiece of love and courage in wartime, `Love and War in the Apennines', travelling epiphanies against the breathtaking backdrop of `A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush' and the memorable excursions of the long-suffering and truly heroic Wanda Newby on bikes, in boats and planning daring prison escapes. A brilliant introduction for any Newby newcomer, or handy collection for the intrepid Newby veteran traveller, `A Merry Dance around the World' is a whirlwind tour around the globe, guided by the forefather of the modern comic travel book.
Eric Newby was born in London in 1919. In 1938, he joined the four-masted Finnish barque Moshulu as an apprentice and sailed in the last Grain Race from Australia to Europe, by way of Cape Horn. During World War II, he served in the Black Watch and the Special Boat Section. In 1942, he was captured and remained a prisoner-of-war until 1945. He subsequently married the girl who helped him to escape, and for the next fifty years, his wife Wanda was at his side on many adventures. After the war, he worked in the fashion business and book publishing but always travelled on a grand scale, sometimes as the Travel Editor for the Observer. He was made CBE in 1994 and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the British Guild of Travel Writers in 2001. Eric Newby died in 2006.