Mexico Siempre Mexico – Mexico

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The life and times of a travelling academic as he

A Trip Down the Yhangtze River

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Three rules of travel and what to do when kidnappe

AA Gill is Away

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AA Gill is Away AA Gill can not write a bad sentence and to read this book is to experience travel writing at its most sublime. Unlike many other writers who aspire to be travel writers, AA Gill’s prose is free from the genre’s normal pretensions and is like a breath of fresh air. After […]

Begums, Thugs, and White Mughals: The Journals of Fanny Parkes

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Begums, Thugs, and White Mughals: The Journals of Fanny Parkes Date of first publication: 1850 Eland publication date: November 1, 2002 Fanny Parkes, who lived in India between 1822 and 1846, was the ideal travel writer – courageous, indefatigably curious and determinedly independent. She arrived as the prim wife of a minor Civil Servant and […]

Peking Story

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Peking Story For two years before and after the 1948 Communist Revolution, David Kidd lived in Peking, where he married the daughter of an aristocratic Chinese family. “I used to hope,” he writes, “that some bright young scholar on a research grant would write about us and our Chinese friends before it was too late […]

Golden Earth

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Golden Earth Golden Earth is not a good book. It is not even an excellent book to while away long summer afternoons with. Instead, it transcends the genre of travel writing to assume its true place amongst the great literature of the last century. Reading anything by Lewis is always a quasi-religious experience. With a […]

Travels into the Interior of Africa

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Travels into the Interior of Africa Date of first publication: 1799 Eland publication date: October 30, 2003 ‘Soon after my return from the East Indies, in 1793, having learned that the noblemen and gentlemen, associated for the purpose of prosecuting Discoveries in the Interior of Africa, were desirous of engaging a person to explore that […]