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Tom Coote

After ten years of playing guitar in failed heavy metal groups, TOM COOTE went to university as a mature student to read Third World Studies. He later taught himself programming and won a studentship to take an MSc in Information Technology. He is a keen traveler, and has so far managed to visit 108 countries, regularly contributing stories and articles to a number of travel websites. "Tearing up the Silk Road" is his first travel book.