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Jonathan Gregson speaks with James McConnachie about travelling the Himalaya by unorthodox means including a horse and an Enfield Bullet motorbike, and his mixed emotions about the now-vanishing Forbidden Kingdoms.

As a travel writer, Horatio Clare’s professional scepticism has been challenged by glimpses of what he calls ‘inexplicable truths’. A man in Mozambique who saw a mermaid, a Congolese witch who vouchsafed him protection from Ebola, a nightjar churring on a hillside in Wales — these, Clare argues, are ‘signs, wonders and mysteries’.