Feeling the desire to travel to far flung places? We have a selection of titles to satisfy your wanderlust. Whether you’re planning a great adventure or reading about your favourite parts of the world, have a browse of our Travel selection.
Most biographies and memoirs are described as 'inspiring' and 'uplifting'. This one really is! Free from the self-pity that pervades many true-life stories, this is a fascinating read. Libby Southwell finds her perfect partner and they decide to make a home together but disaster strikes when he is killed in a mountaineering accident. Grieving, Libby gets on with her life but tragedy strikes again. She travels across the world in a bid to confront her demons and ends up adopting Sri Lanka as her surrogate home. Libby is there when the Tsunami strikes and starts campaigning to raise funds to rebuild the island. Not only is this a colourful travelogue but it also a study in grieving and the strength of the human spirit. Proceeds from the book go towards the charity AdoptSriLanka.
Mike Faulkner and his wife, Lynn, decided to make the move from Scotland to an isolated island in Strangford Louth and this is the account of their first year there. Struggling with no mains electricity, an erratic water supply and at the mercy of the sea, as to whether they could get to the mainland for supplies this is a charming, funny, moving account of adjusting to life away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. An absolute joy to read that will have you longing for your own private little corner of the world.
This is an amazing memoir about one man's dedication to helping other people. Michael Meegan has spent his life in the third world fighting poverty and disease and in 1978 he founded the International Community for the relief of Starvation and Suffering. Surprised By Joy tells of his work in East Africa and explores the early experiences which led him to devote his life to such causes. It's a profound and moving book that will make you reflect on the things we all take for granted.
When he was 17, post 9/11, Said's father returned to Afgahistan as the new president's chief spokesman. The boy had never visited his homeland. Here he gives a fresh, candid appraidal of all aspects of the country. Much praised.
A highly atmospheric guide to the locations used for his crime novels and as such also an intriguing glimpse into the author’s life and mind. I found it fascinating. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
Moving on from The Olive Farm, The Olive Season sees Carol and Michel taking on an entirely new challenge: pregnancy. As ever, nothing goes entirely to plan and Carol writes wonderfully of her struggles and triumphs on her cherished olive farm. The Olive Farm series: 1. The Olive Farm2. The Olive Season3. The Olive Harvest4. The Olive Route5. The Olive Tree6. Return to the Olive Farm
When Elizabeth Gilbert comes to a realisation that her mariage is over and her life has strayed from the one she wants, she sets off across the world to get back the happiness she lost. Managing to be both touching and hilariously funny in parts, Eat, Pray, Love is an inspiring personal journey and an enlightening travelogue.
Paul West, an Englishman abroad in the classic sense, observant, astute and very British even though he attempts to infiltrate the French way of life. This comic semi-autobiographical yarn (it must be) follows on from his wonderful A Year in the Merde where Paul, the king of the comic phrase and ridiculous situation, still seeks love and understanding. It’s very tongue-in-cheek stuff.Comparison: Bill Bryson, Peter Mayle.Similar this month: None but try Sue Townsend
Geoff Rymanâ€™s writing is at all times highly crafted and deeply evocative, as he skilfully explores the ancient story of Cambodiaâ€™s greatest king, and the heart-rending legacy of Cambodiaâ€™s recent history. As brilliant, innovative and captivating as youâ€™d expect.
A travel guide to the Dark Ages written rather like a Rough Guide, advising you on what to look out for, what to avoid, what you should know about customs and dress, food and shelter, a wonderful and unusual way to tackle popular history. Highly recommended.
A funny, charming account of well-known vet Bruce Fogle's journey through his homeland with his dog Macy. Encountering rattlenakes, tarantulas and coyote along their way, the pair explore the landscape of America. Their 12,000 mile adventure through America and Canada in a vintage motorhome brings them into contact with startling animal welfare issues, but also across the kindness of strangers.
Informative and moving Hotel Tiberias is a journey of many layers and resonances, as the author follows the tumultuous story of his family and the family’s hotel (the building of it was financed by the Thomas Cook) in the town of Tiberias on the edge of the Sea of Galilee during the first half of the 20th century. The hotel’s beginnings at the time of the Ottoman Empire are intertwined with that of the author’s family, through the first world war and the creation of the territory of Palestine; its prosperity under British rule until after the second world war when the hotel was confiscated by the state of Israel is gripping stuff and thoroughly absorbing.
We all love to travel. We all love escape. Granted, some are more adventurous than others, hankering to cross vast plains of unchartered territory, while the rest of us just want to find a nice hotel somewhere by a crystal blue sea. Whatever your level of wanderlust, there’s something here to inspire, inform and invade your senses. Follow in the footsteps of pioneers, heroes or trusted raconteurs; visit the real settings of favourite works of fiction (See our Reading on Location guide and read great novels set in the place you’re sitting in!); discover off the beaten track getaways; ponder the history of travel itself, laugh at anecdotes of the hapless. In short, by using our Book of the Month recommendations and taking a little stroll around the section, you can discover the world without leaving your fireside chair. Free your mind, they say, and the rest will follow.
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T.S. Elliot