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Three Essays By Tahir Shah
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Tahir Shah's collection of THREE ESSAYS considers aspects of human society and culture that help us to understand both the world around us and ourselves. An extraordinary thought-provoking essay,... More > CANNIBALISM: IT’S ONLY MEAT is certain to horrify a great many readers, and will leave all who reach the end with a sense of revelation at what is the last taboo. THE KUMBH MELA: GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH considers why so many people stake so much to get to the Kumbh Mela in India, and pledge devotion. He considers the logistical triumph of the vast makeshift tent city, speaks to sadhus, gurus, and to plenty of ordinary folk, and reflects on the role of the Kumbh Mela in the modern world. In his fascinating essay THE LEGACY OF ARAB SCIENCE, Shah discusses the often-forgotten contribution of the Arabs of the Abbasid Age, reflecting on how their breakthroughs helped shape the world in which we live. The three essays range in length from just under 5,000 words to over 6,700 each.< Less
EyeSpy By Tahir Shah
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Amadeus Kaine is the most famous eye surgeon alive. And he’s got a secret… a deep, dark, disturbing secret… He likes eating human eyes. Green eyes are his favorite. But any... More > color will do. You’d better watch out because Dr. Kaine is coming. And he’ll suck out your eyes and gobble them down. One of the strangest tales of obsession, mania, and intrigue ever told, EYE SPY will quite literally change the way you see the world!< Less
EYE SPY Dyslexic Edition By Tahir Shah
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Amadeus Kaine is the most famous eye surgeon alive. And he’s got a secret… a deep, dark, disturbing secret… He likes eating human eyes. Green eyes are his favourite. But any... More > colour will do. You’d better watch out because Dr. Kaine is coming. And he’ll suck out your eyes and gobble them down. One of the strangest tales of obsession, mania, and intrigue ever told, EYE SPY will quite literally change the way you see the world!< Less
EYE SPY By Tahir Shah
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Amadeus Kaine is the most famous eye surgeon alive. And he's got a secret... a deep, dark, disturbing secret... He likes eating human eyes. Green eyes are his favorite. But any color will do. You'd... More > better watch out because Dr. Kaine is coming. And he'll suck out your eyes and gobble them down. One of the strangest tales of obsession, mania, and intrigue ever told, EYE SPY will quite literally change the way you see the world!< Less
In Search of King Solomon's Mines, Dyslexic edition By Tahir Shah
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For more than a century Henry Rider Haggard’s novel King Solomon’s Mines has inspired generations of young men to set forth in search of adventure. But long before Rider Haggard’s... More > classic, explorers, theologians and scientists scoured the known world for the source of King Solomon’s astonishing wealth from a mysterious land known as Ophir. The ensuing journey takes him to a remote cliff-face monastery where the monks pull visitors up on a leather rope, to the ruined castles of Gondar, and to the rock hewn churches at Lalibela. Then in the south of the country Shah discovers a massive illegal gold mine, itself like something out of the Old Testament, with thousands of men, women and children digging with their hands. But the hardest leg of the journey is to the ‘cursed mountain’ of Tullu Wallel where legend says there lies an ancient shaft, once the entrance to Solomon’s mines.< Less
Trail of Feathers paperback By Tahir Shah
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Enthralled by the chronicle of a 16th-century Spanish monk, which said that the Incas 'flew like birds' over the jungle, and by the recurring theme of flying in Peruvian folklore, Tahir Shah set out... More > to discover whether the Incas really did fly or glide above the jungles of Peru. Or was it flight of a different kind, inspired by powerful drugs? The long quest begins in the mountains of Peru, with a trek to Machu Picchu, the Incas' most sacred city. Then on to the coast and through the desert, to the immense animal-like etchings which form the Nazca Lines and a remote burial ground for 30,000 mummified corpses. And finally to an epic river-journey up the Amazon to discover the secrets of the Shuar, a tribe of legendary savagery. Even for a traveller so used to surreal adventures, there are many strange encounters - some gruesome, some hilarious - among madmen and dreamers, sorcerers, con-men and jungle experts, before he can at last discover the truth about the Birdmen of Peru.< Less
Beyond the Devil's Teeth Dyslexic edition By Tahir Shah
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Forty-five million years ago, the supercontinent of Gondwanaland split apart. This created what are now known as India, Africa and South America. The huge landmass was named after the Gond people of... More > India. Meeting a Gond storyteller on a visit to Bombay, Tahir Shah heard their ancient saga. He vowed to visit all three parts of Gondwanaland. As he travelled he met an extraordinary range of wanderers and expatriates, attended magical ceremonies and sought mythical treasures. Roughing it most of the way, Shah's expeditions move through sweltering India and Pakistan, Uganda and Rwanda, Kenya and Liberia, Brazil and finally Argentina's Patagonian glaciers. Roughing it for most of the journey, Shah shared his travels and his tales with a diverting mix of eccentric and entertaining characters, from Osman and Prideep, Bombay's answer to Laurel and Hardy, to Oswaldo Rodrigues Oswaldo, a well turned out Patagonian version of Danny De Vito.< Less
Beyond the Devil's Teeth Paperback By Tahir Shah
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Forty-five million years ago, the supercontinent of Gondwanaland split apart. This created what are now known as India, Africa and South America. The huge landmass was named after the Gond people of... More > India. Meeting a Gond storyteller on a visit to Bombay, Tahir Shah heard their ancient saga. He vowed to visit all three parts of Gondwanaland. As he travelled he met an extraordinary range of wanderers and expatriates, attended magical ceremonies and sought mythical treasures. Roughing it most of the way, Shah's expeditions move through sweltering India and Pakistan, Uganda and Rwanda, Kenya and Liberia, Brazil and finally Argentina's Patagonian glaciers. Roughing it for most of the journey, Shah shared his travels and his tales with a diverting mix of eccentric and entertaining characters, from Osman and Prideep, Bombay's answer to Laurel and Hardy, to Oswaldo Rodrigues Oswaldo, a well turned out Patagonian version of Danny De Vito.< Less
In Search of King Solomon's Mines, paperback edition By Tahir Shah
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For more than a century Henry Rider Haggard’s novel King Solomon’s Mines has inspired generations of young men to set forth in search of adventure. But long before Rider Haggard’s... More > classic, explorers, theologians and scientists scoured the known world for the source of King Solomon’s astonishing wealth. Taking his leads from a mixture of texts including The Septuagint, the earliest known form of the Bible, as well as using geological, geographical and folkloric sources, Tahir Shah sets out in search for Solomon’s gold mines. For him the obvious place to look is Ethiopia, in the horn of Africa. On the ensuing journey Shah discovers a massive illegal gold mine, itself like something out of the Old Testament, with thousands of men, women and children digging with their hands. But the hardest leg of the journey is to the ‘cursed mountain’ of Tullu Wallel where legend says there lies an ancient shaft, once the entrance to Solomon’s mines.< Less
House of the Tiger King, Dyslexic edition By Tahir Shah
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When the Spanish Conquistadors swept through Peru in the sixteenth century, they were searching for great golden treasure. In 1572 they stormed the Inca stronghold of Vilcabamba, only to find the... More > city deserted, burned,a nd already stripped of its wealth. According to legend the Incas had retreated deep into the jungle where they built another magnificent city in an inaccessible quarter of the cloud forest. After the lost city obsession had gnawed away at Tahir Shah for almost a decade, he could stand it no more. He put together an expedition and set out into Peru's Madre de Dios jungle, the densest cloud forest on earth. House of the Tiger King is the tale of Shah's remarkable adventure to find the greatest lost city of the Americas, and the treasure of the Incas. Along the way he found himself considering others who have spent decades in pursuit of lost cities, and asks why anyone would find it necessary to mount such a quest at all.< Less