Peter Fleming


So far, I am familiar only with one of his books, namely "News from Tartary". I am quite convinced that anyone being fond of travel literature in general will like that one. Unfortunately, many of his other books are out of print right now.

About the author, taken from the jacket of "News from Tartary":

Peter Fleming was born in in 1907 and educated at Eton and Oxford. In the 1930s he was a special travel correspondent for The Times and he subsequently served with distinction in World War II. "News from Tartary", published in 1936, is probably his most famous book. The brother of Ian Fleming and married to the actress Celia Johnson, Peter Fleming died in 1971 in Black Mount, Argyllshire.
For more information about Peter Fleming you may read "Peter Fleming. A Biography." by Duff Hart-Davis, London, 1974.


Books by Peter Fleming:

Brazilian adventure. London, 1933
German title:
Brasilianisches Abenteuer
One's company. London, 1934
News from Tartary. London, 1936.
German title:
Tataren Nachrichten.
The flying visit. London, 1940
A story to tell. London, 1942
Operation sea lion: the projected invasion of England in 1940. An account of the German preparaions and the British countermeasures. London, 1957
The sixth column. London, 1952
German title:
Die sechste Kolonne.
A forgotten journey. London, 1952
With the guards to Mexico and other excursions. London, 1957
The siege at Peking. London, 1959
German title:
Die Belagerung zu Peking. Zur Geschichte des Boxer-Aufstandes. Bayonets to Lhasa. London, 1961
The fate of admiral Kolchak. London, 1963


News from Tartary.

"We traveled for two reasons only. One is implicit in the title of this book. We wanted (it was part of our job, even if it had not been part of our natures) to find out what was happening in Sinkiang, or Chinese Turkistan."..."The second, which was far more cogent than the first, was because we wanted to travel - because we belived, in the light of previous experiences, that we should enjoy it." (Taken from the foreword by Peter Fleming.)
In 1935 Peter Fleming and Ella Maillart set out together from
Peking to Cashmer. Initially each of them had intended to travel alone, as they were used to. On lorries, horseback, mules, and on foot they traveled 3500 miles. This book, a major classic of travel writing, is an account of their amazing journey. In the mean time it gives an impression of the people, culture, and politics in Sinkiang in 1935. If you read this book you may also would like to read its 'counterpart', written by Ella Maillart.


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