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Kaleidoscope City: A Year in Varanasi by [Piers Moore Ede]

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Moore Ede is highly attuned to the sensory experiences which make travel writing come alive (Giles Foden)

Affectionate and inquiring . There's a sparkle to his account of Varanasi, which is slim but as multi-layered as the soot on the city's roofs . Kaleidoscope City conveys wonderfully well love of life, that the author says is the most striking characteristic of the people of Varanas (Daily Telegraph)

Brims with warmth, humility and curiosity . The rhythms of life and death by the river are vividly rendered in Moore Ede's fluid prose (Times Literary Supplement)

It takes a resident's insight to balance the city's darker side with a celebration of its luminous creativity, renowned cuisine and masti, an infectious joie de vivre peculiar to its inhabitants. Moore Ede strikes such a balance with elegance and style. ***** (The Lady)

The holy city on the banks of the Ganges River teems with life and Kaleidoscope City is Ede's attempt to get under the skin of this sprawling, contradictory place (Financial Times) --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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From the acclaimed, prize-winning author of Honey and Dust: a captivating memoir of a year spent in the holy city of Varanasi --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00PFGUGH6
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bloomsbury Publishing; 1st edition (26 February 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1457 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 225 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 26 ratings

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Born in 1975, he was educated at Winchester College, Exeter University and the University of California, Santa Cruz. While living in San Francisco he was involved in a hit and run accident, during the recovery from which he conceived of his first travel book, a global adventure in search of wild honey. Honey and Dust documents his search for wholeness, while looking for the last of the tribes that still hunt wild honey in jungles and cliffs. He visits Bedouin tribesman in the Syrian desert, Gurung mountain people in Nepal, the Veddhas or Wild Men in Sri Lanka, and even a rooftop beekeeper on the skyscrapers of Manhattan.

The Guardian called Piers Moore Ede 'a talented young writer... acutely aware of light, landscape and mood.' The Daily Mail called it 'thoughtful and uplifiting.' The Telegraph wrote: 'While Moore Ede's enthusiasm about honey is engaging, it is his quest for a personal, spiritual regeneration that makes this such a compelling book.'

Honey and Dust won the non fiction category of the DH Lawrence prize, and was nominated for the Jeremy Round first book award with the British Guild of Food Writers.

His second book All Kinds of Magic, published in 2010, has also been well received.

'A wild pilgrimage across the mystic world, taken in order to embark on the shortest and hardest journey of all - the almost impossible one from the head to the heart. Piers Moore Ede is both an elegant and courageous traveller and teller of this rite of passage' Justine Hardy, author of The Wonder House

'Piers Moore Ede writes with a rare sensitivity, describing the lands that pass beneath his feet with lyrical prose. His work is reminiscent of the great names in British travel writing. I could not recommend his work more highly' Tahir Shah, author of The Caliph's House

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