Colin Thubron

b. 1939

Colin Thubron was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1969.

Colin Thubron is a well-known travel writer and novelist, who has written primarily on Central Asia, Russia and China.  His books include Among the Russians, Behind the Wall, In Siberia and Shadow of the Silk Road, and are noted both for their geographical range and their human encounters.  His work has been translated into more than twenty languages, and has won many prizes and awards.  In 2010 he became President of the Royal Society of Literature.

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Articles by Colin Thubron

Forty Under Forty

As the RSL prepares to elect a band of younger Fellows, nine writers made Fellows in their twenties and thirties remember what it meant to them.

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Amitav Ghosh in conversation with Linda Grant

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Jung Chang in conversation with Colin Thubron

Jung Chang discusses her ground-breaking new biography of Empress Dowager Cixi.

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The Road from Damascus: Colin Thubron considers past versions of himself, and the future of literature

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Karen Armstrong on religion

What is religion? Karen Armstrong speaking about religion; chaired by Colin Thubron.

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To a Mountain in Tibet: Colin Thubron and Victoria Glendinning

Colin Thubron in conversation with Victoria Glendinning about his 2011 book 'To A Mountain in Tibet' at Kings Place, chaired by Michael Holroyd.

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The Lingua Franca: Colin Thubron on translated literature

The President’s address to the AGM: 28 June 2012

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Writing the Silk Road: Colin Thubron in conversation with Tash Aw

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