John Keay is the author of four acclaimed histories: 'The Honourable Company,' about the East India Company; 'Last Post', about the imperial disengagement of the Far East; the two-volume 'Explorers of the Western Himalayas' and 'India: A History'. His books on India include 'India Discovered', 'Into India' and 'The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of How India was Mapped and Everest was Named'. John Keay is married with four children, lives in Scotland and is co-editor with Julia Keay of the 'Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland'.
'Impeccable!Keay tells the story of the expedition's slow unravelling with the quiet and masterly authority that characterises all his books!the book is a splendid piece of travel writing, too!Keay has painted quite brilliantly a portrait of the river and those intrepid Europeans who first ventured onto it.' Sunday Times 'Entertaining!Keay anthropomorphises the Mekong with terrific verve and imagination throughout this delightful book.' Sunday Telegraph 'Told with a gusto that does not cloak the hideous dangers and discomforts encountered by the expedition!Keay writes eloquently and his vivid descriptions are supported by the scrupulous research that is the hallmark of all his work. Whether as a history, a travel book or just a study in group dynamics, Mad About the Mekong makes rewarding reading.' Daily Telegraph