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About lindsayhawdon

Lindsay Hawdon is a writer of travel, adventure and fiction. She began travelling at the age of eighteen. After leaving school, she spent three years roaming around Europe, Africa and India, hitching rides and sleeping under canvass. Her travel column, An Englishwoman Abroad, began in The Sunday Telegraph in 2000 and ran for seven years. Throughout that time she travelled to every continent, ventured across every terrain, experienced every climate, writing stories about her experiences and the people she encountered along the way. She has since travelled to over sixty countries and writes regularly for The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Australian and The L.A Times. Her most recent column for The Sunday Times featured a fourteen month long trip around the Far East and Australia, accompanied by her two young children. Her debut novel, Jakob’s Colours, was published by Hodder and Stoughton in April 2015 and will be coming out in the US with Quercus in Jan 2016. She lives in Bath with her family. You can follow her on Twitter @lindsayhawdon

The Downward Flight

The Great Wall of China (Matianyu) It is not the Great Wall itself, rising up from the low lands to the high that the boys will remember. The immenseness of it running along the ridge of blue hazed mountains. The … Continue reading

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In Search of Yellow:

The Rainbow Hunters: One Mother. Two Boys.  A trip around the world in search of seven colours, the first pigments, made by the first colour men, raising money for the charity War Child as they go. (Kashmir, India) At first … Continue reading

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To Begin at the End

   (Cochin, India) He is there at the beginning of the day, on his hands and knees, marking out a giant square grid upon the dusty ground, on which he will begin his picture. Colours, made from rice flour, ground … Continue reading

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Blue Bird

Ooty, India                                                     We are caught in the middle of the crowd surging to board … Continue reading

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From Sound To Sight

(Mysore, India) We move from outside to in. From beneath a clear blue sky and a tree of bright green, to the dank dark, tea-stained interior of The Mysore Silk Factory. Built in 1912 by His Highness Sri Krishnaraja Wadiyar Bahadur, … Continue reading

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At First. And Then. (Two worlds colliding)

At first there is only the beggar in the road who sits on his haunches, staring vacantly and milky eyed through a cataract lens at the place where the road meets the curb, his nobbled hands cupped into a bowl … Continue reading

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The Rainbow Hunters:  A trip around the world – seven countries to find seven colours for the charity War Child.

On October 3rd 2014 my two boys (Dow and Orly) and I set off on a trip around the world.  Over a period of six months we will be travelling to seven different countries to find seven different colours, raising … Continue reading

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