In the Steps of the Master


Morton, H. V.

22/03/2001 | Paperback |

ISBN: 9780413754202

About In the Steps of the Master

A timeless and evocative account of a journey through the Holy Land by the world's favourite travel writer.

 'Breathtaking it its sweep and execution. This is a captivating account that will continue to stand the test of time'  Glasgow Herald

'The story I tell in this book is a simple one. It describes the adventures of a man who went to the Holy Land to see the places associated with the life of Christ and to find out what new light the historian and the archaeologist have cast upon the world of the Gospels.'

Nowhere do the ancient world and the modern collide so abruptly as in the long-disputed territories of the Holy Land. H. V. Morton's account of the journey he undertook there in the early 1930s dramatically evokes the beauty of Israel's countryside at Galilee and the Dead Sea, the grand austerity of its desert plains and the all-consuming passions, turbulent daily life and deep-rooted mysteries of Jerusalem. Alive with discovery, anecdote and humour, In the Steps of the Master is a superbly evocative guide for any traveller in the Middle East today the times have changed, but, as Morton says in his introduction added in 1962, the essential nature of the sites he visited has not altered. Yet Morton's writing transcends travelogue in its portrayal of the realities of faith in a place where belief is made so concrete, and in its vivid, resonant tale of a very personal pilgrimage.

In the Steps of the Master is the first volume of Morton's famous trilogy which includes In the Steps of St Paul and Through Lands of the Bible.


H. V. Morton


H. V. Morton (1892–1979) was one of the most popular travel writers of his time. After a brief period of military service he established a career as a journalist and became a reporter for both The Daily Express and The Daily Herald. H. V. Morton’s debut as an author came in 1927 with In Search of England, a book that became a best seller. His genial writing style endeared him to the countless readers of the books he wrote about his travels around the British Isles, Spain, Italy and the Middle East between 1927 and 1950. In 1941 H. V. Morton accompanied the delegation which travelled to Newfoundland for the meeting between President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill which established the Allied policy for post Second World War Europe, known as the Atlantic Charter. Morton was famously present at the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb by archaeologist Howard Carter and his team in 1922. After the Second World War, H. V. Morton emigrated to South Africa where he lived until his death in 1979.


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