The image of the bejeweled hands of a Sudanese lady that graces the book's front cover was taken in 1991 during the Pole to Pole journey, and gave Basil the idea of doing a series on the human hand. Over the next 14 years, he made photographic studies of hands wherever he went. This book features a collection of 200 "portraits" of hands from 45 different countries around the world, each accompanied by a picture of the place where they were taken, text includes extended captions by Basil and a foreword by Michael Palin.
First published in German by Christian Verlag in 2006
English edition published by Thames & Hudson in 2006
French edition published by National Geographic France in 2006
Dutch edition published by Fontaine Uitgevers in 2006
Italian edition published by Sassi Editore in 2006
Spanish edition published by Editorial Oceano in 2008
Size: 223 x 170 mm Extent: 400 pages