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Started by darkhorse on Nov 14, 2018 5:53:19 AM
Travel Writing - Your Favourites

I was toying with an Eric Newby in the library the other day, to add to the growing “to read” pile.

Who have you enjoyed reading? Paul Theroux, Gavin Young, Ted Simon (Jupiter’s Travels) and a more recent acolyte, Jonny Bealby. Bill Bryson...hmm...this list is rather blokish....Jan Morris (although was a man when she wrote her earlier books)...

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browserbutton - 14 Nov 2018 07:05:02 (#1 of 41)

Under the Dragon -- Rory MacLean (Burma)

The Snow Leopard -- Peter Matthiessen (Himalayas)

The Road to Oxiana -- Robert Byron (Persia/Afghanistan)

TenGorillas - 14 Nov 2018 07:10:55 (#2 of 41)

I did my PhD on travel writing. My all-time fave is Heine's Reisebilder (Travel Pictures).

yumyum - 14 Nov 2018 07:20:42 (#3 of 41)

William Dalrymple’s books on India are fascinating.

FleurDuMal - 14 Nov 2018 08:01:15 (#4 of 41)

I like Bill Bryson.

Shadrack22 - 14 Nov 2018 08:12:59 (#5 of 41)

William Dalrymple - From the Holy Mountain

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/william-dalrymple/from-the-holy-mountain/

Patricia Storace - Dinner with Persephone (a Sorcha recommendation)

https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/books/
97/12/07/reviews/20252.html

Shadrack22 - 14 Nov 2018 08:17:48 (#6 of 41)

My old favourite - Jan Morris’ Europe, an Intimate Journey.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2006/aug/12/feat
uresreviews.guardianreview5

browserbutton - 14 Nov 2018 08:39:32 (#7 of 41)

I once saw Bruce Chatwin in a supermarket. He was wearing a bottle-green velvet smoking jacket.

solomongursky - 14 Nov 2018 08:40:31 (#8 of 41)

Ted Simon round the world on a Triumph Tiger- Jupiter's Travels:

https://web.archive.org/web/20110713125239/http://
www.jupitalia.com/bike.html

Shadrack22 - 14 Nov 2018 08:41:05 (#9 of 41)

#7

Asda?

browserbutton - 14 Nov 2018 08:45:32 (#10 of 41)

Waitrose, Cirencester.

Shadrack22 - 14 Nov 2018 08:48:56 (#11 of 41)

Yes, I thought it would be something like that - rather than Neasden Kwiksave.

PostmodernToss - 14 Nov 2018 08:56:35 (#12 of 41)

Patrick Leigh-Fermor.

darkhorse - 14 Nov 2018 08:58:41 (#13 of 41)

I was thinking of composing a post that Neasden Kwiksave was more Leigh-Fermor's patch.

TRaney - 14 Nov 2018 09:47:26 (#14 of 41)

Ah yes, Leigh-Fermor with his string of letters of introduction. Twat.

browserbutton - 14 Nov 2018 09:50:31 (#15 of 41)

He was never hyphenated though.

TRaney - 14 Nov 2018 09:51:42 (#16 of 41)

I read one called I think Blue Lines or Blue Highway about a guy going round the US on the old roads. Had a big influence at the time.

Steinbeck’s Travels With Charly

Read a lot of Theroux, and liked them without really liking him. Patagonia Express in particular.

Three Men In A Boat is best though

LittleMissMuffet - 14 Nov 2018 09:52:18 (#17 of 41)

Angry White Pajamas by Robert Twigger.

TRaney - 14 Nov 2018 09:52:34 (#18 of 41)

And I can’t bear Bruce Chatwin

TRaney - 14 Nov 2018 09:54:20 (#19 of 41)

https://www.ft.com/content/258694fe-db6e-11e8-b173-ebef6ab1374a

Google: How comedy conquered the world of travel writing

MaconLeary - 14 Nov 2018 09:59:13 (#20 of 41)

Jonathan Raban is tremendous, especially about Anerica.

Old Glory is my favourite, which is about a journey down the Mississippi.

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