Leon McCarron: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival 2018

Kicking off day three of the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival, Leon McCarron talks to Paul Blezard about his latest book The Land Beyond.

There are many reasons why it might seem unwise to walk, mostly alone, through the Middle East. That, in part, is exactly why Leon McCarron did it. McCarron followed a series of wild hiking trails that trace ancient trading and pilgrimage routes and traverse some of the most contested landscapes in the world.

The Land Beyond is a journey through time, from the quagmire of current geopolitics to the original ideals of the faithful, through the layers of history, culture and religion that have shaped the Holy Land. But at its heart, it is the story of people, not politics and of the connections that can bridge seemingly insurmountable barriers.

The Land Beyond by Leon McCarron

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