Peter Clarke is the author of Historic Treasures of Uzbekistan and follows his journey of discovery along part of the Great Silk Road. Peter is a freelance proofreader and is the author of Confident Business Writing. His other travel books are published under the banner of Peter's Pocket Guides and features titles on Coastal Norway, India, South Africa, China and Uzbekistan.
Peter Clarke was born in Bath, Somerset and grew up in the picturesque village of Bathampton, near the banks of the Kennet and Avon Canal and now lives in rural Hampshire. Upon leaving school, he embarked on a career in Banking with National Westminster Bank. After a period of 12 years working in the West End of London he was able to settle down in Hampshire. When he left the Bank he started to hone his writing skills as a Bid Writer and Project Manager for European Funded projects. This involved extensive travel across Europe to countries including Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Finland, Italy, Germany and France. This also enabled him to pursue his passion for photography. Having been self-employed in this field for 15 years, Peter changed direction completely and set up Peter’s Pocket Guides, through which he publishes his own series of pocket-sized travel guides based on his own travels and illustrated with his own photographs. Guides published to date include Coastal Norway, China, South Africa, India and Uzbekistan. Following his trips to China and India, he became fascinated with the history of the whole of the central Asia area and Genghis Khan, Tamerlane right through to the Victorian ‘Great Game’ escapades, all of which led to his trip to Uzbekistan. You can find out more about Peter’s publications and his own image gallery at www.peterspocketguides.co.uk
Books by Peter Clarke
by Peter Clarke
Historic Uzbekistan. Genghis Khan came, conquered and destroyed it in the 13th century. Local hero, Amir Temur rebuilt its unique architecture and made it the centre of his great Empire in the 14th century. The Russians and the British spied on it in Victorian times. The Russians kept it under wraps until 1991 and now you can come and explore its hidden treasures. I did just that and this book reveals my experiences.