Jan 012013

I’ve recently published a new and updated edition of Rising from the Dust ~ India’s Hidden Voices on Amazon’s Kindle. As well as including updates on some of the original stories, the new edition provides links to other relevant news stories, publications and online material released since the book was first published in 2008.

It’s received some great 5* reviews on Amazon, so please check it out.  If you don’t have a Kindle, you can still read it on your phone, computer or tablet with one of Amazon’s free reading apps.

The 2nd paperback (2011) edition can be purchased in the UK from Waterstone’s or worldwide online.  Here’s how.

Update 16 February 2013: It’s also now available on the Barnes & Noble NookKobo and for the Apple iBook.  The Sony Reader edition should be available soon.

When I originally wrote Rising from the Dust I wanted to offer an honest portrayal of my experiences of when I first went to India several years ago. In so doing, I presented difficult, unpalatable issues for debate. A few years on and, despite the incredible pace of change in India in recent years, many of these issues remain deeply pertinent. But it’s not a heavy read, as you’ll discover…

some blurb about the book

Quitting his job and selling his house, Mark travels to India. He lands inDelhi, belted, braced and prepared for all eventualities. Or so he thinks. Though he craves the ultimate travel adventure, a load of western baggage weighs him down: a rucksack rattling with medication, reams of ‘to do’ lists and a mobile phone loaded with MP3s of his favourite band, The Divine Comedy.

Travelling south to Andhra Pradesh, Mark spends Christmas with Lakshmi Roja, an orphan girl he has sponsored for several years. She’s the inspiration behind his trip.

In the New Year, he travels toVijayawadato work with street kids. One day he is attacked by a gang of seven-year-old boys. His world spins. But the encounter is just the trigger he needs to catapult him into the unknown. Lured towards Mamallapuram, a coastal town ravaged by the tsunami, he becomes caught up in an orphanage intrigue and his journey starts to go in another direction…

Discovering a dynamic side to its vast land and people, Marks’ quest for adventure becomes a labour of love as he gains intimate access into the heart of a society rarely experienced by the western world. Travelling north, he discovers he’s the first Angrez, English person, to visit some of the remote villages of the Garhwal region in the Himalayan foothills.

Sharing the hopes and fears of the young, the trials of Himalayan hill women and the anxieties of the older generation, he encounters a society in transition, continually torn between tradition and development, culture and belief.

As India emerges as a major world player, many people and communities are being left trampled in the dust. Their stories, bursting with life, paint a timely and revealing portrait of the spirit and determination of India’s hidden voices.

This 2012 edition includes updates on some of the stories as well as links to other relevant news stories, publications and online material released since the book was first published in 2008.

more than a travel book

Rising from the Dust is perfect preparation for gap year students, volunteers or anybody else planning to travel to India. By raising awareness about tough issues through humour and personal anecdote, it will also appeal to anyone who wants to read ‘behind the scenes’ stories about development and education inIndia from the comfort of their own armchair.

“Without any shadow of doubt the finest and most enjoyable piece of non-fiction that I have ever read.” Jack Kelsey, a founder trustee of SKCV, an internationally-renown project working with street kids inSouth India.

More great 5* reviews

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Thank you!


  One Response to “rising from the dust new and updated edition now available”

  1. Intrigued by this. I look forward to reading it. I have never, at least until now, been drawn to the sub-continent, perhaps this will change my view.


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