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  • Published: 16 January 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473545823
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

Three Tigers, One Mountain

A Journey through the Bitter History and Current Conflicts of China, Korea and Japan

'The next Bill Bryson' (New York Times) explores international relations past and present between three East Asian countries – Japan, South Korea and China – in this lively, absorbing travelogue

THE SHAPELESS UNEASE is an astonishingly powerful, short memoir about insomnia, and the wider restlessness and anxiety that is being felt all over Britain today. In the past few months Samantha Harvey has been suffering from insomnia acutely, often unable to sleep for many nights in row. Finding herself unable to write fiction, she decided to write about her affliction. The result contains some of her very best work, and sears itself into your brain.

The writing is remarkably inventive, shifting from beautiful, quasi-surreal scenes in which Harvey describes the feeling of being awake for days and nights on end, to painful appointments with an unsympathetic GP and uncomprehending therapist; to enquiries into the root of the disorder. Along the way we see doctor’s notes; a letter addressed to Harvey’s recently deceased cousin; a study on Brexit as a hindrance to sleep; reflections on a woman’s transition from youth to middle-age and the current strains on the NHS; conversations written in script-form with dear friends; memories of the traumatic loss of a childhood pet dog; dreams, both asleep and waking.

  • Published: 16 January 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473545823
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

About the author

Michael Booth

Michael Booth is the author of six books, including the international bestseller, The Almost Nearly Perfect People, winner of the British Guild of Travel Writers award for Book of the Year, and Sushi and Beyond, which won the Guild of Food Writers award.

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Praise for Three Tigers, One Mountain

In this enjoyable and information-packed travelogue…[Booth] is a terrific observer… his chatty style disarms his subjects and entertains the reader. It is a hard act to pull off when dealing with tragedy. His deft, accurate summaries of the contentious history in each place work well.

Michael Sheridan, Sunday Times

Three Tigers, One Mountain is a fine summary of East Asian cultures and conflicts, with a chummy, affable tone and profound interest in its subject… useful, fact-packed and readable.

Mike Cormack, Spectator

In this entertaining travel book…[Booth] becomes our genial host on a tour of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China… It’s a credit to Booth’s skill as a writer that he keeps us both entertained and informed in every chapter.

Jasper Becker, Literary Review

[Booth is] an engaging travel companion. Not only is he serious about his reportage, but he is also a fine descriptive writer… the journey [in Three Tigers, One Mountain] is well worth the ticket.

Christian Tyler, Oldie

Four years after Booth exploded the myth of the Scandi utopia, he enhances his reputation for getting to the truth of societal attitudes with this exploration of why, despite sharing much, the giants of East Asia - China, Japan and Korea - just don't get on.


History and politics are at the heart of Three Tigers, One Mountain, with Michael Booth cannily navigating the endless enmity between China, Korea and Japan.

Tom Hawker, Wanderlust *Book of the Month*

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