The Road From Herat by Clare Holtham

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Presents many of the poems and a few photographs of a remarkable woman of whom it can truly be said that ‘the wind touched her feet’. The Road from Herat is no ordinary collection of poetry.

First published in 2011, after the death of the author, Clare Holtham, it records an extraordinary life – one of hardship, travel, adventure, continuous learning and steely determination. Many of the poems and photographs record places and people encountered in the 1970’s on her four journeys alone across the Middle East to Afghanistan. On one trip she ‘married’ an Uzbek chieftain. A poem ‘Anointing’ marks the brief union, accompanied by a rare photograph of Clare herself; a young woman seated cross-legged on the ground beside her strikingly handsome temporary ‘husband’.

A Travel Fund was established in Clare’s name to which her family generously donated all royalties from the book. The first edition of the book was a sell out and we are delighted that a second paperback edition is now available. This is a beautifully designed and delightful book.

Price £8.00

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