Landfalls: On the Edge of Islam with Ibn Battutah

One of Tim's books 

Published in hardback August 2010. Paperback edition to be published in May 2011.

'The long-awaited and dazzling conclusion to the Tim Mackintosh-Smith trilogy . . . Again and again, this takes us into fascinating territory: into the company of dervish masters, soothsayers and magicians; towards the old rites of blood sacrifice, with demon ships of the Sea God blazing on the surface of the Indian Ocean; or on a quixotic hunt for a sacred musical instrument possessed by a royal dynasty of African kings. At such times, [Tim and Ibn Battutah] are united in a glow of wonder.' Barnaby Rogerson, Country Life

'Landfalls is a beautifully written account of Islamic life and culture in the 21st century . . . [and] a joyous celebration of cultural diversity. Just as Ibn Battutah did 700 years ago, Mackintosh-Smith helps make the alien familiar to his readers.' Ian Critchley, Sunday Times

'Landfalls proves that reports of the death of the travel book are premature, Far from it. With its mix of literary adventure, biography and autobiography, this book suggests that, in the right hands, the genre can be as flexible, rewarding and energetic as ever.'Anthony Sattin, Literary Review

'Captivating conclusion to the trilogy.' Michael Kerrigan, The Scotsman

'Dear Teller of the Tales of IB . . . .Your wanderings have been a joy over the last 10 years.' A long-term inmate of HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs.

'My favourite book of 2010. 'Mohammed Nasheed, President of the Republic of Maldives

'In this exquisitely written volume, Mackintosh-Smith establishes himself as a pre-eminent travel writer of his generation, comparable to an earlier D.H. Lawrence or Eric Newby.' Toronto Globe and Mail