Lands of Lost Borders

A Journey on the Silk Road

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As a teenager, Kate Harris realized that the career she craved – to be an explorer, equal parts swashbuckler and metaphysician – had gone extinct. From what she could tell of the world from small-town Ontario, the likes of Marco Polo and Magellan had mapped the whole earth; there was nothing left to be discovered. Looking beyond this planet, she decided to become a scientist and go to Mars.

In between studying at Oxford and MIT, Harris set off by bicycle down the fabled Silk Road with her childhood friend Mel. Pedaling mile upon mile in some of the remotest places on earth, she realized that an explorer, in any day and age, is the kind of person who refuses to live between the lines. Forget charting maps, naming peaks: what she yearned for was the feeling of soaring completely out of bounds. The farther she traveled, the closer she came to a world as wild as she felt within.

Like Rebecca Solnit and Pico Iyer, Kate Harris offers a travel account at once exuberant and reflective, wry and rapturous. Lands of Lost Borders explores the nature of limits and the wildness of the self that can never fully be mapped. Weaving adventure and philosophy with the history of science and exploration, Lands of Lost Borders celebrates our connection as humans to the natural world, and ultimately to each other – a belonging that transcends any fences or stories that may divide us.


No of Pages: 320
ISBN 10: 0062839349
ISBN 13: 9780062839343
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published Date: October 2018
Edition: 1st: October 2018
Binding: Hardback
Weight: 410g

Weight 410.00 g

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