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Cecily Cecily

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Australia’s Aboriginals

Portrait an Aboriginal village, and of its matriarch, Batumbil. “She does not like sand flies and she has no qualms about killing them. But she does believe she’s related to them.” Diet includes sea turtle, dugong, tree worms. “During the two weeks I’m in the bush, two people are eaten by crocodiles, a seven-year-old girl and a nine-year-old boy. I express my grief about this to Batumbil, but she remains unperturbed. These things happen” (4,886 words)

Stranded On The Roof Of The World

Life among the Kyrgyz nomads of the Wakhan Corridor in north-east Afghanistan. “Their land consists of two long, glacier-carved valleys, called pamirs, stashed deep within the great mountains. The wind is furious. Crops are impossible to grow. The temperature can drop below freezing 340 days a year. Many Kyrgyz have never seen a tree”


Robber, con artist, plane hijacker, escaped prisoner, domestic terrorist. George Wright is all of the above. He spent 41 years on the run. Until police trapped him in Portugal. But there was still time for one last great escape

Best Of 2011: Here Be Monsters

Epic tale of three boys found in a dinghy in the middle of the Pacific. “They had no food, no water, no clothing, no fishing gear, no life vests, and no first-aid kit. They were close to death. They had been missing for 51 days”

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