Author(s): Tahir Shah
In 1572, the Spanish Conquistadors stormed the Inca stronghold of Vilcabamba in Peru, searching for golden treasure, only to find the city deserted, burned, and already stripped of its wealth. Myth has it that the Incas had retreated deep into the jungle, where they built another magnificent, secret city. For centuries, explorers, adventurers and archaeologists have searched for the lost city and its gold, known by locals as
'What give the book a cutting edge, along with the comic-book vivacity of the dialogue, is Shah's brutal candour' -- Independent 'Shah is an uproariously funny writer' -- The New York Times Praise for TRAIL OF FEATHERS: 'Tahir Shah has a talent for inventive and outrageous travelling. He uses a natural candour to confront villains, mountebanks, lunatics and murderers, allowing situations to develop which would have most of us running and screaming' -- The Spectator 'The journey is appalling and hilarious and full of gems' -- Daily Telegraph Praise for SORCEROR'S APPRENTICE: 'Extraordinary ! One of the most surreal -- not to say downright incredible -- works of travel ever published' -- The Times 'Terrific ! learned, funny and completely spellbinding' -- Mail on Sunday Praise for IN SEARCH OF KING SOLOMON'S MINES: 'Jaw-droppingly, dreadfully funny' -- The Times 'Simple and elegant, subtly self-deprectaing and often hilarious -- worth its weight in gold' -- Time 'A most extraordinary writer' -- Christopher Ondaatje
Tahir Shah was born into an Afghan family and educated in England. He has lived in Japan, India and the United States and East Africa, and his books include 'Sorcerer's Apprentice', 'Trail of Feathers' and 'Beyond the Devil's Teeth'. He lives in London with his wife and young son and daughter.