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Feeling the desire to explore closer to home or 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.
This is travel-writing for the modern woman who can afford to do it in style. What an inspired idea for instead of just inquisitive visits, the author hops around the world doing courses! I love it; music in Cuba, cooking in Paris, calligraphy and flower arranging in Kyoto, a hundred times better than just the world trip. She is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist so the writing is good too.
A satirical spoof on air travel from this fantastic writer. Just think Gulliverâ€™s travels meets Hitchhikerâ€™s Guide to the Galaxy
Journalist’s quirky story about his travels to visit the world’s dying and threatened languages and the people who speak them – but for how long?
A quirky, American, multi-voiced road novel about a 1950s black family whose estranged mother (dead for 10 years) is rumoured to have been buried wearing her pearl necklace and diamond ring. And her relatives want them…
Polly Evans is a humorous astute female travel writer to challenge the likes of Tony Hawkes, Peter McCarthy and Tim Moore. For her latest adventure she motorbikes around NZ ‘the last bastion of masculinity’ looking for some examples for posterity.
Lovely author of romantic romps gives us a slice of her own romantic escapades. It started as a bit of a laugh and then became a challenge to visit all the sexy sounding towns in America looking for love … well … men, perhaps. I loved it, a unique travel book with lots of laughs, sticky situations and interesting people, which is highly entertaining.
A triumph over adversity tale of an idyllic life growing grapes in France going terribly, terribly wrong. The author is left to cope with total disaster and my goodness she does … What a woman.
The thought of travelling across the Sahara is not the most appealing; sand, sand and more sand comes to mind but as usual Michael Plain manages to find the weird and wonderful as he makes the journey in extremes of temperature and through gruelling terrain. Filled with wonderful photos of the journey from photographer Basil Pao, this is a far easier way of experiencing one of the harshest places on earth.
November 2011 Guest Editor Victoria Hislop selects The Art of Travel... Alain de Botton’s The Art of Travel is a favourite work of non-fiction and only one of several brilliant books by de Botton. His gift, in my view, is his warmth and good humour - he is absolutely brilliant but he does not baffle us with his intellect. He achieves this by diluting complex ideas with wit and levity so that we understand them and even enjoy reading them. I would have studied philosophy at university if the texts books had been written by de Botton. He is a genius and a great communicator - and there is much to be learned from someone who makes complex ideas so comprehensible. The Lovereading view... Offers insights into things that range from holiday romance to hotel mini-bars, airports to sight-seeing.
Travels around the world discovering the origins of the pigments that make dyes and paint – totally fascinating. Spotted with historical fact, anecdotes, vivid descriptions and a deep appreciation of art, this is a wonderful book.
After writing his novel, about Hemingway, Palin decided he wanted to know more about this fascinating man and so set off to visit the places where Hemingway had lived and what had influenced him over the years. His travels take him form the US to Europe to Africa to Cuba. Hemingway certainly packed in some places and Palin’s warmth towards his subject and obvious admiration and fascination shines through. Whether you know much about Hemingway and his novels or not this is a captivating book that will entertain and engross you.
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