Bookshop hosts launch event for Norfolk travel writer’s latest tale

The Book Hive, Norwich, which hosted the event on Thursday, July 13. Photo: Antony Kelly

The Book Hive, Norwich, which hosted the event on Thursday, July 13. Photo: Antony Kelly - Credit: Archant

India is a traveller's paradise: filled with exotic sights and sounds, and a wealth of colours and flavours to satisfy all but the most discerning adventurer.

Originally from Wickmere, Norfolk, Antonia has penned three travel books so far as well as working i

Originally from Wickmere, Norfolk, Antonia has penned three travel books so far as well as working in TV production. Photo: Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent - Credit: Archant

But simmering curries, intricate temples, and noisy, bustling streets aside, India is also home to one of the world's most untouched regions: Arunachal Pradesh, 'The land of the dawn-lit mountains'.

And it is this barely-mapped, 'hidden land' that is the setting for Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent's latest travel book.

Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains: A Journey across Arunachal Pradesh, was launched in Norwich's The Book Hive on Thursday evening.

After growing up in Wickmere, Norfolk, Miss Bolingbroke-Kent went on to work in TV production.

Author Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent, with actress Joanna Lumley at the book's launch in London. Photo: A

Author Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent, with actress Joanna Lumley at the book's launch in London. Photo: Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent - Credit: Archant


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But her real adventure began with the events that led to her first book, Tuk-Tuk to the Road; the story of her journey from Bangkok to Brighton in a bright pink, three-wheeled Thai taxi.

The project began as a way for Antonia and her friend Jo to raise £50,000 for mental health charity, Mind, and culminated in their best-selling book, published in 2007.

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However, the experience gave the budding explorer and writer a taste for the road, and she wasn't about to stop there. Her next venture into travel writing, A Short Ride in the Jungle: The Ho Chi Minh Trail by Motorcycle, was published in 2014, and details the two-month trip the 'veteran of ridiculous adventures in unfeasible vehicles' took around the jungles of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

Miss Bolingbroke-Kent's most recent travel epic covers her time spent in the north-eastern corner of India. Arunachal Pradesh clings to the mountains in the far-east of the country, and the region is, even now, largely unmapped.

The explorer and travel writer with lawyer David Sears QC at the London launch. Photo: Antonia Bolin

The explorer and travel writer with lawyer David Sears QC at the London launch. Photo: Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent - Credit: Archant

Setting out to chronicle this forgotten corner of Asia, she travelled some 2,000 miles. The book records her encounters with shamans, lamas, hunters, and opium farmers; visits to tribal festivals; and experiences listening to long-forgotten stories from the Second World War. It reveals her discovery of a world and a way of living on the cusp of changing forever.

The Book Hive, in Norwich, hosted the launch event, on Thursday, July 13.

Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains is published in paperback by Simon & Schuster UK. It retails at £9.99.

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