Kevin Rushby

Author, Journalist & Traveller

Example of Kevin Rushby's Photography

Take a look at my new film on the Arabian Leopard in Yemen

Arabian Leopard in Yemen

My book Paradise is now available as Kindle download on

Audio Slideshows from the Guardian are available in the new site gallery.

Hunting Pirate Heaven is published in paperback by Walker Books in the United States

Paradise: A History of the Idea That Rules the World published by Constable and Robinson in paperback: order - Paradise on Amazon.

Read a review in the Economist

Listen to an interview about Paradise


Kevin has built up a large library of his photography during his travels. A selection of his pictures and audio slideshows are in the site gallery.

My new column in The Guardian is The Explorer page in the Saturday Travel section. Here's a recent one...

Snake Safari

Kevin joins a scientific expedition in a mountainous Indian jungle to look for rare snakes and collect their venom

Over the coming months, the idea is to get out to more challenging and interesting destinations. 

Paradise, my latest book, is out now. Listen to a BBC World Service Interview on the subject. The Independent review of Paradise said: 'This is an exceptionally lucid, stimulating and thought-provoking book.' Other pages on the website have details of my previous books, among them Hunting Pirate Heaven which was a Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4. You can also read my recent articles from The Guardian.

The Paradise Myth has been one of the most powerful motivators in human history, influencing and energizing all kinds of individuals and groups. From the Assassins of 12th century Persia to the Pilgrim Fathers of the United States; from Pythagoras to modern-day downsizers, there has always been those who would seek perfection on earth. This hope for an earthly paradise drives humanity onwards, pressing for change and offering salvation. Yet it also comes attached to religious beliefs such as Armageddon, original sin and martyrdom - all notions that influence modern life even when hidden beneath a veneer of secularism.

Kevin Rushby traces the belief in paradise from its earliest origins down to the present day, taking in a vast array of characters, particularly from within Christian and Islamic cultures. The story carries us through the botanic gardens and utopian dreams of 17th century Europe, but also to terrible events such as the Holocaust and to the atrocities of modern religious extremism. Paradise uncovers the history of an idea and in doing so reveals some of the key events and characters that have shaped our ideas of perfect happiness.

Paradise: A History of the Idea That Rules the World

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Cover of Hunting Pirate Heaven

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Cover of Chasing the Mountain of Light

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Cover of Eating the Flowers of Paradise

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