Turn Left at Lenin’s Statue is my first travel book. It’s the story of a journey through Central Asia, past frontiers and across seasons; a journey whose aim was to understand this region, to go beyond the (scarce) headlines and, well, Borat. It is the culmination of a number of years of travel and it’s both a happy and sombre read, uplifting and concerning often at the same time.
Turn Left is available on Amazon (you can click here for the .co.uk version; for the .com side see the button on the right banner) as both a Kindle eBook and a paperback; the Kindle will be on a discounted offer for a week starting today. But if you’d like to know what you’re getting into, if you’d like a little sample – a test drive, if you will – before you commit, well you can download the PDF of Chapter 1 simply by clicking the link below:
In it you’ll read about two cities in Kazakhstan, as well as the story of the man who put them on the map. More – including football in Uzbekistan, the World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan, the death and rebirth of the Aral Sea and the dystopian reality of Xinjiang – is in the remaining chapters of Turn Left.