On the Trail of Genghis Khan has become an Australian bestseller, and in 2013 was the recipient of the Grand Prize at the Banff International Mountain Film and Book Festival, and also took out the award for best adventure travel title. In 2014 the book was shortlisted for the non fiction category of the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA awards).
“[A] sensitive account both personal and historical… [Cope] infuses his ambitious account with the stories of the people and tales of the animals who inspired the journey, rendering the book heartfelt and memorable. An exciting, detailed account of man versus adversity.”
-Kirkus Magazine, review, USA.
Inspired by a desire to understand the nomadic way of life, Australian adventurer Tim Cope embarked on a remarkable journey: 6,000 miles on horseback across the Eurasian steppe from Mongolia, through Kazakhstan, Russia, and the Ukraine, to Hungary retracing the trail of Genghis Khan. From novice rider to travelling three years in the saddle, - accompanied by his Kazakh dog, Tigon - Tim learnt to fend off wolves and would-be horse-thieves, and grapple with the extremes of the steppe as he crossed sub-zero plateaux, the scorching deserts of Kazakhstan and the high-mountain passes of the Carpathians.
Along the way Tim was taken in by people who taught him the traditional ways and recounted their recent history: Stalin’s push for industrialisation brought calamity to the steppe and forced collectivisation that in Kazakhstan alone led to the starvation of more than a million nomads. Today Cope bears witness to how the traditional ways hang precariously in the balance in the post-Soviet world.
Five years in the making, On the Trail of Genghis Khan is Tim’s personal story of adventure, endurance –and at times tragedy-, and eventual triumph. Intelligently written, it is a narrative full of romance, history, and drama that ultimately celebrates the nomadic way of life —its freedom, its closeness to the land, its animals, and moods.
First published by Bloomsbury Worldwide (USA, UK, Australia/New Zealand) in 2013. On The Trail of Genghis Khan was released as a trade paperback in Australia an hard back in USA and UK). it is 511 pages, including a series of maps, 24 pages of colour photographs, glossary, and index. Paperback versions were released in Australia in Septembr 2014, and November 2014 in UK.
On the Trail of Genghis Khan has been translated into German language, and is available under the title Der Steppenreiter.
Praise for On The Trail of Genghis Khan:
“Tim Cope’s exploration across the continents on horseback grew into a quest through history and then an odyssey deep into the human heart. In exploring some of the most remote places on earth, he brings us back to ourselves and to a better understanding of our place in the world today.”
—Jack Weatherford, author of Genghis Khan: And the Making of the Modern World
“In some ways the most reassuring thing about On the Trail of Genghis Khan is that, in a world too full of people and connections and easy means of gratification, someone with enough courage and curiosity can still find a place to get lost. And, in doing so, can still come to understand life on totally foreign terms. That Cope also writes beautifully about the experience makes this book one to treasure and remember.”
—Nick Reding, author of The Last Cowboys at the End of the World and Methland
“Tim Cope is a wise young man who knows how to travel, and why, and which details to record for the delight and enlightenment of his readers. I suspect that here we have a classic, likely to inspire generations yet unborn.”