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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Armchair Traveller

I am a bit of an Arhmchair traveller. Although I holiday a reasonable amount (ahem!) my travels are constrained to the UK. I must have mentioned why before so enough of that.

I do enjoy reading about other countries. So can anyone recommend some good travel writers? I want something engaging and a good "guide/companion" but not someone who is just trying to be funny. Bill Bryson is funny but he also sticks some facts in.

Anyway some travel literature I'd recommend :

Sara Wheeler - Chile: Travels in a Thin Country

Simon Winchester - The River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up the Yangtze, and Back in Chinese Time

Paul Theroux - The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia

Nicholas Crane - Clear Waters Rising: A Mountain Walk Across Europe

I'd particularly like some recommendations for Europe and the US and of course Canada.


Carin Fuchs said...

I am not into travel literature but I like

Bruce Chatwin - In Patagonia and
The Songlines

very much. I have not read the following but it was a huge success over here:

Hape Kerkeling - I am off a bit
A Pilgrimage Tale to Santiago de Compostela.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I love yr photos and comments. I recommend: "Blood River: a journey to Africa's broken heart" by Tim Butcher.

oldcrow61 said...

Pete....darling....I'm so glad you mentioned Canada. Will have some stuff off to you about my province. Grin!