“A discursive, funny, moving portrait of Pakistan, one of the most opaque and difficult and complex of countries, but here rendered in bright chiaroscuro and with obvious affection. It’s a brilliant debut by a major new talent.” – William Dalrymple, The Spectator
Date: April 23, 2018 (Monday)
Venue: Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty
Drinks reception 6:30pm
Q&A and book sale 7:45pm
Spellbound by his grandmother’s Anglo-Indian heritage and the exuberant annual visits of her friend the Begum, Isambard Wilkinson became enthralled by Pakistan as an intrepid teenager, eventually working there as a foreign correspondent. Seeking the land behind the headlines, Bard sets out to discover the essence of a country buffeted by instability and political turbulence. What of the old, mystical Pakistan has survived and what has been destroyed? His funny, hashish and whisky scented travel book from the frontline is full of open-hearted delight and a poignant lust for life.