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Top Ten Travel Books

A Time of Gifts

A Time of Gifts

Patrick Leigh Fermor's fluent, exotic account of his youthful 1933 travels from London to Contantinople, published more than 40 years after the event. It is a book that makes any journey seem possible.

The Alexandria Quartet

The Alexandria Quartet

I first read Lawrence Durrell's 877 page masterpiece in a single sitting, pausing only for sleep on the second night. His interweaving of emotion, perspective, sensation and thought wills the reader up the imaginative scale. A glittering, inspirational achievement.

On the Road

Kerouac's restless, seminal work blended fiction and autobiography to define the 'Beat' generation. Its influence in propelling countless kids onto the road cannot be overstated.

In Siberia

In Siberia

Colin Thubron's extraordinary 15,000 mile journey through this astonishing country after the fall of Communism. A scholarly, compassionate masterpiece by one of the greatest travel writers.

Elephant

Elephant

Raymond Carver's moving short stories are honest, direct, lean and adverb-free, each creation a triumph of minimalism which conjures extraordinary hope from the minutiae of ordinary lives. No word spare. Nothing wasted. Remarkable and poetic inventions.

A Natural History of the Senses

A Natural History of the Senses

Diane Ackerman's radiant exploration of our ability to smell, touch, taste, hear and see. How music moves us. Why touch delights and heals. A lyrical and elegant journey with a literary enchantress.

Night Flight

Night Flight

Antoine de Saint-Exupery's soaring yet humble novel set in the early days of aviation; the lone aviator travelling amidst the stars' timelessness and the sky's immensity.

Silver Darlings

Silver Darlings

Scottish author Neil Gunn's story of the herring fisheries, set in a time and place when necessity not whim motivated travel. A work of vast scope, sensitivity and humanity which shows how historical events impinge on individual lives, enabling the reader to understand one through the other.

The Boy Mechanic

The Boy Mechanic

Popular Mechanic's eccentric, practical 1913 do-it-yourself guide packed with '1,000 Things for a Boy to Do' including Build a Snowball Thrower, Electrify Your Garbage Can to Shock Away Raccoons and Make a Flying Machine. It inspired me to build an airplane on Crete for my latest book 'Falling for Icarus'.

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

I admire P.L Travers's modern classic for its healthy disrespect for authority, especially bankers, its promotion of women's rights and its emphasis on the role of fantasy, which as a travel writer I often rely on.

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