Beyond That Last Blue Mountain

Silk weaving in Afghanistan, bartering in Peshawar and snipers in Bosnia, Harriet Sandys reveals her remarkable travels.

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Harriet’s parents hoped that, after leaving boarding school and doing ‘the Season’, she would meet and marry a suitable young man. But she was to disappoint them. Just after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, she set off for Peshawar to see for herself the plight of thousands of displaced Afghan refugees. Determined to do something about their dire situation, Harriet set up a small silk weaving project for illiterate Turkmen refugees, and was sent by UNESCO to Mazar-i-sharif to work with Afghanistan’s last remaining silk ikat weavers. During those years she was arrested by the K H A D, narrowly missed being blown up, survived acute bacterial meningitis in a Kabul hospital, and rescued an abandoned pi-dog puppy who became her devoted companion.

At the end of the first Gulf War she travelled with the Peshmerga in the newly-liberated Iraqi Kurdistan. Then in 1994 she joined a group of unemployed builders and decorators driving convoys of food and aid from Croydon to the Muslim enclaves in Bosnia Herzegovina. Much has been written about conflicts in these countries, by war correspondents, diplomats and military personnel, but this is a different story. It is about young woman from a sheltered and privileged background travelling and working alone, in and around war zones, frequently with no financial or practical support, at a time of increasing Islamic fundamentalism.

Dimensions 22.3 x 15.3 cm
Format

Hardback, Hardback – Signed

ISBN

9781911487173

Publication

4 September 2018

Author

Harriet Sandys

Publisher

Medina Publishing

4 reviews for Beyond That Last Blue Mountain

  1. Lyse Doucet OBE, BBC Chief International Correspondent

    An extraordinary journey by an extraordinary woman, beautifully told and bravely lived. Storytelling at its best.

  2. tonstantouida (verified owner)

    The author turned her back on the conventional life mapped out for her in favour of travel and adventure in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and various war zones. This isn’t only a travel book; it’s a personal journey. Harriet Sandys describes places and people, blood-chilling danger and travels through landscapes of wonderful beauty, in a direct and engaging style that will hook and keep your interest from the first page to the last.

  3. Jo Gardner (verified owner)

    A fascinating book. You feel as if you are really alongside Harriet through all her travels – adventurous, exciting, funny and downright scarey in places and all true. Encouraging traditional carpet making and silk weaving skills to live on, giving hope to refugees and homeless people to earn a little money to help support their families. A really good read.

  4. Lisa Kaaki, Arab News (verified owner)

    “Oriot,” as [Harriet] was affectionately called, defied danger, traveling in and around war zones with almost no financial support.

    “Had I pondered too long and too hard on all the dangers and difficulties I might have encountered … I would have remained a secretary, regretting missed opportunities,” she said. Brave, humble and compassionate, Harriet Sandys touches our hearts in this moving true story.

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