In Memory of Eric Newby

Eric Newby died at age 86 on October 20, and with him went one of the great English travel writers of the 20th century. I’ll never forget picking up a copy of A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush many years ago after someone recommended it. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, but it turned out to be one of the funniest books I’d ever read (and still is). Newby quickly became a hero of mine and I’d push this book obnoxiously on anyone I thought would like it, which was just about everyone I knew.

When Travelers’ Tales was talking with Michael Shapiro about publishing a collection of interviews with the world’s great travel writers, I naturally urged Michael to interview Newby while he was still among us. Michael already had him on his list, and luckily for all of us, Michael was able to sit down with him at his home. The result was his interview in A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration. Michael also wrote “An Ode to Eric Newby” in yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle travel section about his time with Newby, and Newby’s obituary in The Times of London tells us more about his storied life.

Posted by Larry Habegger

One Response to “In Memory of Eric Newby”

  1. Blog Writing Service Says:

    Oh! it is really sad to say that we lost a very good travel writer. Even i have red that book, ‘short walk in hindu kush’ its awesome and it is one of my favorite book ever.

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