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Paul Theroux - Author


Paul Theroux was born in Medford, Massachusetts in 1941 and published his first novel, Waldo, in 1967. His subsequent novels include The Family Arsenal, Picture Palace, The Mosquito Coast, O-Zone, Millroy the Magician, My Secret History, My Other Life, and, most recently, A Dead Hand. His highly acclaimed travel books include Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, Fresh Air Fiend, and Ghost Train to the Eastern Star. He divides his time between Cape Cod and the Hawaiian Islands.

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Featured Books, with extracts, by Paul Theroux

Mother Land by Paul Theroux
Mother Land
Paul Theroux
A darkly hilarious portrait of one dysfunctional American family and its scheming matriarch. This is an engrossing, hilarious and heartbreaking portrait of a modern family -- the bickering, the conspiracies, and the drive to overcome the painful ties that bind.
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017
Deep South Four Seasons on Back Roads by Paul Theroux
Deep South Four Seasons on Back Roads
Paul Theroux
For the past fifty years, Paul Theroux has travelled to the far corners of the earth - to China, India, Africa, the Pacific Islands, South America, Russia, and elsewhere - and brought them to life in his cool, exacting prose.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
The Mosquito Coast
Paul Theroux
The Mosquito Coast - winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize - is a breathtaking novel about fanaticism and a futile search for utopia from bestseller Paul Theroux.
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2015
The Last Train to Zona Verde Overland from Cape Town to Angola by Paul Theroux
The Last Train to Zona Verde Overland from Cape Town to Angola
Paul Theroux
An introspective and dark look at Africa, a third African journey for Theroux and a sad one, at 70, Theroux sees this as his last view of the continent. There has been little progress, corruption; war and poverty still hold...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2014
The Lower River by Paul Theroux
The Lower River
Paul Theroux
Decades ago Massachusetts salesman Ellis Hock spent four years in Africa - and the continent has never left him. So when his wife walks out and his business goes belly up, Ellis turns back to the one place in which...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/04/2013
The Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux
The Tao of Travel
Paul Theroux
April 2012 Travel Book of the Month. A travel miscellany with Paul Theroux’s best pieces interspersed with his choice of the best travel writing. Travellers' tales new and old – from novice...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/04/2012
The Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux
The Tao of Travel
Paul Theroux
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 28 May 2011. Enumerates 'The Contents of Some Travellers' Bags' and exposes 'Writers Who Wrote About Places They Never Visited'; tracks extreme journeys in 'Travel As An...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/05/2011
Sunrise with Seamonsters Travels and Discoveries 1964-1984 by Paul Theroux
Sunrise with Seamonsters Travels and Discoveries 1964-1984
Paul Theroux
New to Paul Theroux? Then Sunrise with Sea Monsters is the ideal place to start. A wide ranging selection of Theroux’s writings including sketches, reviews, essays and observations. The writing reminded me very much of George Orwell’s essays so I’ve...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2011
My Other Life A Novel by Paul Theroux
My Other Life A Novel
Paul Theroux
A memoir; a collection of short stories; an assemblage of fables; an anthology of Theroux: a book in which he is everywhere present, as himself and as someone other... Endlessly inventive, beguiling, provocative and insidiously readable.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/1970

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