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Hugh Thomson

Non-fiction writer

Hugh Thomson is one of Britain’s leading travel writers who won the inaugural Wainwright Prize from a shortlist that included The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane and Walking Home by Simon Armitage. He has also won a Peabody Award, the Grierson Award and been nominated for a BAFTA. He has been published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Random House, Quercus and Andre Deutsch.

Hugh’s many books include The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland and Cochineal Red, both about Peru, as well as Nanda Devi, a journey to a usually inaccessible part of the Himalaya.  His memoir Tequila Oil: Getting Lost in Mexico was serialised by BBC Radio 4.

For The Green Road into the Trees, he returned to Britain to write about his own country for Random House. It won the inaugural Wainwright Prize for Best Nature and Travel Writing. For the sequel, One Man and a Mule, he decided to have ‘a South American adventure in England’ by taking a mule as a pack animal across the North of England.

Hugh Thomson


Oxford Brookes University 2012-14
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