Richard Starks and Miriam Murcutt - authors

Books by Richard Starks
and Miriam Murcutt

Lost in Tibet is a true story of high adventure, cultural conflict and political intrigue - set against the mystical background of pre-Chinese Tibet.
“An amazing story, and an entertaining and well-written book.” – National Geographic Adventure
“A superb recounting of a truly unique high adventure – could not put it down. Outstanding!” – RebeccasReads, giving the book its ‘best in history’ award.


Along the River that Flows Uphill – from the Orinoco to the Amazon is a travel book that weaves the story of the authors’ journey with math, science and reason to explore the risks that are inherent in all adventure travel.
“Five out of five stars. An unforgettably vivid travelogue.” – Midwest Book Review.
“It is creative non-fiction. It is literature, history, geography, adventure. And it is cracking good fun.” - January magazine, awarding the book its ‘best of 2009 non-fiction’.
A Room with a Pew gives an account of a journey the authors took through Spain, staying only in ancient monasteries.
"The authors' use of immersion journalism provides a unique insight into the inner sanctum of the monasteries..." - Kirkus Reviews.
"If you have any inclination to try an offbeat way of seeing Spain, this book will give you options." - Book Pleasures.
"A book that is great fun to read - unreligious, but not sacrilegious... an entertaining book that sheds a lot of light on an important element of Spain, and gives very practical information about the way you might go about sleeping with nuns." - A Traveler's Library.


Greenland for $1.99 is a short ebook - illustrated by more than twenty photographs - that gives an account of the authors' journey inside the Arctic Circle.

Richard Starks
After independent careers in magazine and newspaper journalism, Richard Starks and Miriam Murcutt set up their own small publishing business - since sold. They now work full-time as authors.

Lost in Tibet

Their first book, Lost in Tibet, was published in the United States by The Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot. It tells the true story of five American airmen who, in 1943, were forced to bail out of their plane over Tibet. The five men were taken to Lhasa - a full two years before Heinrich Harrer, author of Seven Years in Tibet - where they became embroiled in the on-going battle that even then was raging around Tibet's right to be independent from China.

A new edition of Lost in Tibet was published in October, 2012. Foreign rights have been sold in six other countries.

You can hear an interview with the authors on TravelTalkMedia, an online and national broadcast news and entertainment program.

Along the River that Flows Uphill

Along the River that Flows Uphill - from the Orinoco to the Amazon was published in the United Kingdom by Haus Publishing, London, as part of its Armchair Traveller literary travel series.

It gives an account of a journey the two authors took along a strange river in Venezuela called the Casiquiare. The Casiquiare is like no other river since it manages to unite two other river systems - the Orinoco and the Amazon - by apparently flowing up and over the watershed that divides them. This should not be possible.

Miriam Murcutt
Along the River that Flows Uphill delves into the history of this unique river's discovery and exploration, and it examines the culture of some of the people who live alongside it - most notably the Yanomami Indians, who are reputed to be "the most violent people on Earth". It also explores the risk that's inherent in any adventure travel - and by extension it looks at the risk that's inherent in the bigger adventure of life.

You can listen to a Rick Steves interview with the authors on the Travel with Rick Steves national public radio program.

A Room with a Pew

The authors' third book - A Room with a Pew - sleeping our way through Spain's ancient monasteries - tells of a journey the authors took through Spain, staying exclusively in that country's ancient monasteries. It was published by The Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot, in September, 2012.

As the authors quickly discovered, Spanish monasteries are excellent places in which to stay. They are seldom visited (so few tourists), yet they're ripe with art, history and culture (living museums). They are also home to a dying breed of monks and nuns (so last chance to see), and they are open to anyone who cares to stop by (you don't have to be religious, although it doesn't hurt if you are).

A Room with a Pew will appeal to first-time visitors to Spain as well as to seasoned travelers who are looking for a new way to experience that country. It is not a guide book, but it does contain a practical chapter that shows you how to plan a similar journey of your own.

You can read an author interview in the New York Times, or hear a radio interview broadcast on Denver and Boulder's KGNU; or you can watch a short video about the book and the authors' journey through Spain's ancient monasteries.

Greenland for $1.99

The authors' most recent book - Greenland for $1.99 - is a short e-book illustrated by more than twenty photographs. It describes a journey the authors took inside the Arctic Circle, and serves as an excellent introduction to that country. It is currently available - for $1.99 - only as a Kindle edition (which can, of course, be read on your Kindle, or you can read it by downloading a free Kindle app to your Ipad or other device).

You can hear an interview about Greenland for $1.99 on TravelTalkMedia, an online and national broadcast news and entertainment program.




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Watch a short video about A Room with a Pew, and the authors' journey through Spain's ancient monasteries.




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