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The Snow Leopard


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'Matthiessen's book is a triumph that will outlive him. It is a masterpiece' John Hillaby

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Peter Matthiessen was a naturalist, explorer and writer. His works of fiction include At Play in the Fields of the Lord, Far Tortuga and the acclaimed 'Watson Trilogy'. His explorations resulted in many fine works of non-fiction, among them The Snow Leopard, The Cloud Forest and The Tree where Man was Born. He died in 2014, aged 86.


A beautiful book, and worthy of the mountains he is among -- Paul Theroux
What began as a practical search for the rare snow leopard, revered Buddhist emblem, developed into a quest for the meaning of Being. An enjoyable combination of mountaineering and mysticism * Observer *
It's a tale of an inner struggle for calm, and would be an inspiring and sustaining desert island companion -- Emily Barr
As much the chronicle of an inner journey as it is the learned recording of an unfamiliar territory...a timeless account * Independent *
An evocative account of a remote and timeless place and its people * Sunday Times *

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