Alexander Frater





Alexander Frater


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Alexander Frater has contributed to various UK publications--Miles Kington called him "the funniest man who wrote for Punch since the war"--and been a contracted New Yorker writer; as chief travel correspondent of the London Observer he won an unprecedented number of British Press Travel Awards. Two of his books, Beyond the Blue Horizon and Chasing the Monsoon, have been been into major BBC television films. One, the Last Aftican Flying Bat (based on the former), took the Bafta award for best single documentary, while a programme for BBC Radio 4 (about his South Seas birthplace) was named overall winner of the Travelex Travel Writers' Awards. He lives in London, though, whenever time and money allow, is likely to be found skulking deep in t ...more

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Chasing the Monsoon

3.95 avg rating — 919 ratings — published 1991 — 14 editions
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Tales from the Torrid Zone:...

3.30 avg rating — 102 ratings — published 2004 — 10 editions
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Beyond the Blue Horizon: On...

4.27 avg rating — 77 ratings — published 1986 — 6 editions
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The Balloon Factory: The St...

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Where the Dawn Comes Up Lik...

2.56 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 1996
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Stopping-Train Britain: A R...

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Great Rivers of the World

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“As a romantic ideal, turbulent, impoverished India could still weave its spell, and the key to it all - the colours, the moods, the scents, the subtle, mysterious light, the poetry, the heightened expectations, the kind of beauty that made your heart miss a beat - well, that remained the monsoon.”
Alexander Frater, Chasing the Monsoon

“One Said, 'My grandfather once planted a Langra tree but, before he could eat the fruit, he had to marry it to another tree. A tamarind. Custom decreed it.'
'I know about that custom,' said a colleague. 'The jasmine is considered a suitable bride for a mango.”
Alexander Frater, Chasing the Monsoon

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