Hugh signing the visitors book at the Casa Batllo in Barcelona
Hugh signing the visitors book at the Casa Batllo in Barcelona



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  1. Hi Hugh,
    I have recently read The White Rock and having seen this ( ) in the news i felt saddened. while on the surface it appears a good thing for local communities and will improve access to these places, I can’t help but feel that something is lost if there is no journey taking place. How do you feel about this (and this type of development in general?)?

    I have enjoyed your books very much – thank you for sharing your experiences.


  2. tx Jamie and I have indeed been reflecting on this – see my recent blog since you wrote – at first romanticising my own early visits to Choquequirao when still covered in scrub – and more recent visits with few others – but is that being selfish? If managed well – and I do think the Peruvians manage Machu Picchu exceptionally well given all the problems of access – then opening up Choquequirao is all to the good and a cable car may be better than having lots of buses going up a road….

  3. Hi Hugh,

    Just returned from Peru where my father and I toured Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Just finished The White Rock. What a great read. Just to let you know, we had a private guide while in the Sacred Valley who was very knowledgeable about Incan history and he recommended your books as ones that he felt were entertaining as well as informative and accurate. I have a question. While at Machu Picchu, we looked straight across to a mountain across the river where new work was being done to clear Incan ruins of a wall that leads straight up the mountain. Do you have any information on these ruins and what other stuctures could be associated with the wall and mountain area?



  4. Thanks James – but can’t be very helpful on recent work being done on mountain opposite M Picchu – Putucusi – as a while since climbed it. my only thought is that it is a natural place – like Llactapata – from which to admire the site of Machu Picchu, and the structure on the top is a mirador.

  5. Hello,

    I have just closed The Green Road into the Trees. A friend leant it to me. I am bit obsessed with travel writing and one of the most off-putting ‘current’ constructs relates to the ‘reason’ for the journey/book. You know the sort of thing. ” I inherited a duck and went to search for the origins of Aylesbury” or ” My uncle was a Nazi rocket specialist – three weeks in the Rhine” etc etc.

    However, your book immediately dispensed with the usual off-putting preamble and I’m glad it did.

    I found it absorbing and with the lightest of touches and it reminded me very much of the best of Deakin, Mcfarlane and others.

    Brought up in the flat-chested wastes of Soviet Norfolk but spending a childhood visiting relatives on the Hampshire/Wiltshire border I was lucky to have enough reference points to really ‘see’ the landscape. Particularly, the passage about wood pigeons, which brought to mind long summer evenings at my grandmother’s where in the space between the back gardens several birds used to rock us to sleep with what my grandmother used to say was a rather odd phrase translated by her as ” My toe bleeds Betty”.

    I shall recommend the book to other people.


  6. Tx Andy and appreciate your comments – and like the sound of ” My toe bleeds Betty”… Simon Barnes always very good on phrases birds ‘say’

  7. Chris O'Neill

    This seems interesting but I can’t help feeling there’s a little bit of fame and fortune hunting here. Perhaps I’m getting it from the tone of the article but the ethics of exploring in such close proximity to vulnerable people seem questionable. A modern day version of the old world bringing illness to the new? I don’t know if you are familiar with this planned expedition (although I’m sure you are) but I thought I’d drop it in anyway.

    Just started the green road and enjoying it very much. White rock and cochineal red set the bar high, but who would have thought that a trip around these crowded lite islands could be so revealing!

  8. Rossana Giammartini

    After reading your wonderful book – Nanda Devi – and your opinion on hiking in the Atlas mountains our group decided to follow your advice and we completed an amazing 9 day hike in the High Atlas. Thanks to you we had many wonderful adventures and experiences and Morocco has sneaked into our hearts.

  9. Hi Hugh,
    Thought you might be interested in this…Ive been painting along the St Michael line in the uk and have done a successful show this year so far. Could you have a look at my Website Go to English Songline (current exhibition) and click ‘world map’ it goes right through the Incan Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca after crossing some interesting places on the way…

  10. Just got your book on Nanda Devi into stock – looks fantastic and I am very taken with the history of the area. The Wikipedia entry on Nanda Devi needs updating as it does not mention your expedition or you book!

  11. Hi Hugh,
    Just finished and greatly enjoyed ‘The Green Road into the Trees’ – came at the perfect time as i’ve been mulling over doing that route for the last year or so and have since made plans to do so later this year.
    All made even more poignant to find that we’re almost neighbour – being wallingford resident. In fact i put in my canoe at Ferry Lane last night and doffed my cap in your general direction!
    Thanks for a great read.

  12. I have just read the last few pages of The Green Road into the Trees. I was for a long time a children’s librarian and have been a primary school teacher for over 20 years too. My love of books and especially stories has encouraged me to share them with both children and adults whenever there is the chance of a happy read, comfort, learning or even an epiphany. Your writing was in turn interesting, funny, surprising, thoughtful and uplifting. I was in Dorset (Charmouth) as I read the last chapters and wanted to set off straight away for Norfolk. Not to be, but I wanted to say I’m glad I ‘found’ your book on a meandering ramble around Foyle’s in Birmingham. Next time I head off for a walk, a different pair of eyes will be looking around me, hopefully seeing things that so far, England has kept to herself. Thank you.

  13. Thank you so much Denise for all your lovely comments. I’ve just become governor of my local library and am a keen supporter of libraries in the face of all the cutbacks.

  14. Hi Hugh
    I am reading Tequila Oil, which is the first if your books that I’ve read, though I think I’m going to read more (and explore this site). I’m intrigued by a number of things which aren’t, so far, explained. I’m only on p40 but there’s as yet no clear explanation for your motives in going to the US/Mexico or, more to the point, how an 18 year old Brit speaks such good Spanish. Will this be answered later? Apolologies if others have asked this question before – as I say, I’m new to your writing, though I think I’ve seen some of your documentaries. I hope it’s not too cheeky at this point to include a plug for my blog ( as it covers some of the same ground as yours, rather more modestly. I’ll put a link to your site on there! Thanks

  15. Hi Hugh,

    I’m just about to start reading Tequila Oil and having read, The Green Road Into The Trees not too long ago as well as multiple cover to cover reads of The White Rock and Cochineal Red (prior to honeymooning in Peru 4 years ago) I’m really looking forward to it, especially as I have travelled in Mexico previously too. Not to mention enjoying Two Men and a Mule (both the BBC series and the short book).

    I was just wondering if you foresee a time when perhaps any experiences with Peru and the study of the Incas since Cochineal may result in another book? Until our daughter grows up a bit I fear you may be our only route back to Peru, Mexico and beyond though your writing!!!!

    Many thanks,

  16. thanks so much Chris – I have written a novel on Peru which I am hoping to publish at some stage…. best Hugh

  17. Half way through The White Rock and really enjoying it, many thanks. You’re in Quillabamba at the moment talking to the old Scottish gold prospector. Struck a chord with me; during my first trip to Peru in 1987 with a friend, we ended up in Quillabamba and bumped into the same man I’m sure; just as scruffy. He was living with a local girl, and as with you started talking about religious things, showing us photos of clouds which he said were manifestations of Jesus in the sky that he’d seen. When he realised we both lived in London, he asked me if I could ring his son when we got back to say Dad was alive and well. I did so on my return; the son lived in Parsons Green, very expensive even then, not quite what I was expecting. He sounded rather startled, said thanks a lot, no more questions, and that was that! Concerned that Dad might be on his way to stay with la señorita, perhaps? Have done several trips since then to Peru, your book makes me want to return. Thanks again. Regards Tom Parry Oxford

  18. thanks Tom – what an interesting story – thank you so much for letting me know – Hugh

  19. Hi Hugh
    I’ve always been fascinated by ancient Latin America – Inca, Maya, Aztec, Olmec etc. – you name it!
    Last year I read The White Rock & I’m now part way through Cochineal Red, and I just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying your books. They are about as far as it’s possible to get from dry, turgid histories. You manage the difficult combination of educational & entertaining with great aplomb & a personal, human touch.
    I’ve never been south of the Trump’s proposed wall, but I hope to do so before I expire!
    Best Regards
    Alan Messini

  20. So enjoying one man and a mule.
    Thank you for a clear read and gouts of laughter.
    From ‘ down under ‘

  21. I want to thank you for two things, first, the Green Road into the Trees, which has taken me back to musing on how the ancient trade came from the North sea, (One of the most important ports being Berwick, across England and out to the Atlantic to the rich economies of the Mediterranean. Having come from a Mineral Industry background, it is natural I would feel the Romans came to Britain to secure the supply of tin and copper rather than just for conquest; the senate being full of businessmen.
    The second thing is you mention of Richard Jefferies has introduced me to the world I grew up in and loved, which included beating for the local Earl’s shooting parties. For added benefit I have a full novel plot from The Gamekeeper at Home.
    Finally, let me wish you happy travelling. In years past, I had some success as a travel journalist, which I really enjoyed, as much for the people I met as for the places I met them in.
    Once again, Many thanks, David

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