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Title:Encounters on the Hippie Trail 1971 : An Elegy for Mrs P
Item ID:BB06-19385
Publisher:Self published, Australia, 2017
Self published, 2017, Softcover, Book Condition: Good, Limited

"Across the gloomy, empty dining room of the old Hotel Panorama, Kathmandu, an elderly woman sits, alone. Her toast & marmalade might have been a clue as to her nationality, but, convinced she's German, the callow Australian sitting two tables away greets her in what he assumes is her native tongue...She replies to his 'Guten Morgen' in ringing Home Counties English. 'Good morning, young man', following that revelation with an invitation to join her to take tea. Her name, which he hears imperfectly , is either 'Pritchard' or 'Prichett', but she quickly tells him that people usually address her as Mrs. P. She is, she explains, from Yorkshire & is almost halfway through her annual, solo pilgrimage to India, to buy a good supply of tea in Darjeeling. This year, 1971, she has decided to spend a couple of days exploring Kathmandu & surrounds, on foot. The young Australian & his partner are on their way from Melbourne to the University of York. Fate & a bus crash sees these three Yorkshire-bound travellers unexpectedly sharing railway compartments, local buses, & other public transport as they make their way to Europe following the Hippie Trail. As they traverse countries such as Afghanistan & Iran - dangerous places, then as now - Mrs. P relates harrowing, hair-raising, often hilarious accounts of her past adventures. This is a story of a brief, surprising companionship." Trade Paperback. Size: 180mm - 250mm. 162 pages. Covers have some shelf-wear as well as some bumping to corners and extremities. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Travel & Places. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 19385.
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