Beyond Ararat

A Journey Through Eastern Turkey

by Bettina Selby


    Beyond Ararat is a journey to the cradle of civilization, where the Tigris and the Euphrates rise.

   Along the corridor of ancient invasion fought over by Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Turks, Arabs, Mongols, Kurds nd Armenians, Bettina Selby follows by bicycle, travelling among today’s survivors living uneasily together under Turkish rule.

An enthusiastic, perceptive and sympathetic traveller

Irish Independent

   The journey begins along the strange and beautiful Black Sea coast of Turkey, the poath of Xenoophon and the Ten Thousand, of Jason and the Golden Fleece. From the Russian border her route swings south over vast plains and rugged mountains to the ghost town of Ani and to Ararat, the legendary resting place of Noah’s ark. It was a hard journey through some of the most magnificent scenery in the world - and some of the least predictable people, where a lone female cyclist never knew whether to expect kindness and hospitality, or stones and bullets and attacks from savage dogs.

   Travelling alone and by bicycle offers unique relationships with both land and people. Bettina Selby interweaves her account with insights into the problems of an area re-establishing its position as the bridge between East and West. She brings alive the rich historical background so vital for understanding this troubled part of the world.


An enthusiastic, perceptive and sympathetic traveller

Irish Independent


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Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: May 2000
  • English
  • 9780953800773 / 0953800776
  • GB
  • Other
  • Primary Price: 8.99 GBP
  • Pages: 250
  • Mountain House Publishing / Mountain House
  • Readership: General
  • Publish State: Published
  • Edition: 2
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5 Inches
  • Illustration: Black and White
  • Reference Code: BDZ0005934012