An Overlanders Book Collection

I have over the years collected many books, some of which relate to my time on the Overland and were found in the many bookshops along the way, below is a selection, many of which would be hard to find today.
Title, Auther & Publisher
"Three Deserts"

by major CS Jarvis pub John Murray first 1936

Travel & service in North Africa Egypt and Palestine
"A Season in India"

letters of Ruby madden edited by Helen Rutledge printed by fontana first printed 1976

Letters written home on a trip to india in 1903 to attend the Great Coronation Durbar for Edward 8th in Delhi, Bombay & Simla. Good Read!
"Things Seen in Kashmir"

by Ernest neve printed by Seely, Service & Co first 1947

A travellers guide to Kashmir
"India Mirage & Reality"

by Peter Schmid printed G Harrap & Co fist 1961

Travel Journal
"Afghanistan Agony of a Nation"

by Sandy Gall printed by The Bodley Head London first 1986

Insight to the Russian war in Afghanistan, meeting with Ahmed Shah Masud later killed by Pakistani agents. good Read
'Picturesque Nepal"

by Percy Brown Pub Adam & Charles Black first 1912

A glimps of Nepal when it was still cut off from the outside world to visit Kathmandu required many weeks of trekking through the Himalyan mountains.
"My Country My People"

by Lin yutang Pub William Heinmann first 1936

A look at China before Mao Se Tung
"Tibet is my Country"

by Thubten Norbu Pub Rupert Hart-Davis first 1961

Covers the period from 1919 to 1959 prior to the Chinese invasion
"Buemese Days"

by George Orwell Pub Harvest Books first 1934

Story about the waning days of British imperialism in Burma.
"The Road past Mandalay"

by John Masters Pub Readers Book Club first 1961

A mans story of his experiences in the second world war in Burma.
"Bohwani Junction"

by John Masters pub Michael Joseph first 1954

A fictional story of the lives of Anglo-Indians working for the Indian Railway
"Bohwani Junction"

the movie starring Ava Gardner & stewart Grainger.

The book has been made into a film starring Ava Gardner & Stewart Grainger put out by Warner Bros
"Man of Everest"

by James Ramsey Ullman pub The Reprint Society London first 1955

Autobiography of Tenzing Norgay the Sherpa who in 1953 with Edmond Hilery climbed Everest for the first time
"Birds of Nepal"

by R L Fleming pub self first 1976

Text book on the birds of Nepal, Kashmir & Sikkim
"To the Navel of the World"

by Peter Somerville-Large Pub Sceptre first 1987

A travel book taking you through the Himalayas, forbidden city and Tibetens, Chinese & Nepalese witty, modest & observant.
"Trespasseres on the Roof of the World"

by Peter Hopkins Pub Oxford Uni Press first 1982

About the race between the nations of the world to reach Lhasa and discover the sacred capitol of Tibet.
"Shah of Shahs"

by Ryszard Kapuscinski Pub Picador first 1986

History of the Irainian Revolution that swept away the Pahlavi Monarchy
"Taj the story of Mughal India"

by TN Murari pub New English Libary first 1985

Novel covering the Mughal History including the build of the Taj Mahal.
"The Deceivers"

by John Masters pub Corgi first 1952

Novel set in the British Raj era of India
"Plain Tales from the Raj"

by Antnia Fraser pub Futura first 1975

Novel set in British India "Briton ruled for almost 3 centuries creating a society the like of which will never be repeated. this book captures the flavour of the era".
"A Persian in the court of King George 1809-10"

pub Barrie & Jenkins fist 1988

The Journal of Mirza Abul Hassan Khan. There were many English travellers to Persia from the 17th centuary onwards, but very few Persians visited England before the 20th centuary and fewer still recorded their impressions and experiences.

by Colin Simpson pub Angus & Robertson fist 1967

A book about Kathmandu with lots of pictures shows it as it was when the overland was just beginning.
"Sahib & Sepoy"

by Lucy Taylor pub JF Shaw fist 1897

A tale of the Indian Mutiny
"The collected works of Mahatma Gandhi"

vol 67 & 70 pub Minestry of Information India first 1939

Part of the history of Gandhi and his struggle for independance
"Picturesque India"

by WS Caine pub George Rutledge & Sons first 1891

A guide to India its people & the British Raj. All illustrations are drawings as this book was printed before photography was popular.
'With the Anzacs in Egypt"

by David Doull pub unknown first 1916

Ceylon & Egypt through the eyes of the Anzacs of whom many were on their way to Gallipolli.
"The wild life of India"

by EP Gee pub collins first 1964

A look at Indian wildlife its perils and what is being done to protect them. As this book is now 40 years old it would make a good comparison with today.
"Back to Mandalay"

by lowell Thomas pub Shakesspeare Head first 1952

Burma and the 2nd world war. How the allies arrived in gliders to re take Burma from the Japs.
"India's Freedom"

by Jawaharlal Nehru pub Unwin first 1936

A selection of essays, letters & speeches made by Nehru.
"Retreat in the East"

by OD Gallagher pub George Harrap first 1942

The 2nd world war as it was fought in Burma, Malaya & Siam.
"Oasis of Shalimar"

by FJ Thwaites pub John Edwards first 1950

Novel based in in about late 1940's.
"Life & teachings of the Masters of the Far East"

pub DeVoss & Co first 1948

Not my kind of book, In the words of Jeramy from Top Gear? "Its Rubbish"
"The Siege of Krishnapur"

by JG Farrell pub Book Club Ass first 1974

Novel based on the Indian Mutiny of 1857. A good read that portrays the Mutiny in an easy to read story.
'The Ascent of Everest"

By John Hunt pub Readers Book Club first 1955

The story of how the tallest mountain in the world was first conquered.
"The Untouchables"

by Matilda Hatcher pub Salationist Publishing first c1920

A story of Indian girls
"The Road to Grey Pamir"

by Anna Louise Strong pub Robert McBride first 1930

A journey on horseback into the Pamir mountains on the border of Afghanistan, Russia & China.
"Song of India"

by Frank Clune pub Invincible Press first 1946

Describes a six month tour of 30,00 miles through India, Ceylon & Burma.
"The Indian Mutiny"

by Saul David pub Penguin first 2002

A serious study which is immensely enjoyable...pulls the reader into the story like a good novel.
"The Wisdom of Buddism"

by Christmas Humphreys Pub Rider first 1960

An attempt to compile a balanced selection from Buddist writings.
An overland journey to India following the India overland trail through Belgium, Germany, Austria Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, & Nepal. Visting sites of Dubrovnic, Split, Kotor, Athens, Kerimoti, Istanbul, Galipolli, Troy, Delphi, Efes, Goreme, Nemrut, Tehran, Esphan, Persepolis, Shiraz, Kerman, Bam, Quetta, Kandahar, Kabul, Bamian Valley, Kyhber Pass, Indus river, Lahore, Punjab, Amritsar, Kashmir, Delhi, Agra, Taj Mahal, Vanaris, Patna, Raj Path, Kathmandu, Himalyas. All this undertaken in a 20 year old Asian Greyhound, Swagman Tours, LS Bristol bus. This Indiaoverland company was held together by Norm Harris an expatriate Aussie living in Windsor. With drivers like Bob Ashford, Geoff Lawrence, Clive Parker, Dave Watt, Ronnie Martin, John Witchard, Ken Mcdonald, Derek Amey & couriers Fred Fisher, Jos Livingstone, Peter Swift, Kieren Smith & mechanics Gordon Hammond, Graham Libby, Pomme John & Rastas just to name a few.