The Traveller's Daybook invites you to cross ocean, desert, mountain and ice-cap in the company of the world's greatest explorers, wanderers and writers - Fergus Fleming's day-by-day anthology of travel writing ranges widely across time as well as place: from Christopher Columbus's 'discovery' of the West Indies in 1492 via the trans-American expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in 1804-06, and on to Wilfred Thesiger's wanderings in Arabia's 'empty quarter' in the 1940s. Each quoted extract is accompanied by a brief commentary that introduces the writer and brings the context to life. Fleming's itinerary offers both a wealth of exotic and extraordinary destinations, and a many-hued patchwork of moods and surprising serendipities: the delight of the seventeenth-century diarist John Evelyn at the spring mildness of Naples in February; the stoic courage of Captain Scott facing death at forty degrees below zero; and the exasperation of the poet Dylan Thomas at finding himself in a 'stifflipped, liverish, British Guest House in puking Abadan'.
Publication date: 01/11/2011
Publisher: Atlantic Books
|Publication date:||1st November 2011|
|Genres:||The Real World, Travel,|
|Categories:||Travel writing, Anthologies (non-poetry),|
Fergus Fleming is one of Britain's leading popular historians of exploration and the bestselling author of Barrow's Boys, Killing Dragons, Ninety Degrees North, The Sword and the Cross, Cassell's Tales of Endurance and The Explorer's Eye. He lives with his family in the Cotswolds.More About Fergus Fleming