June 30, 2015

All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes,

by Maya Angelou (1986)


A different kind of travel writing again to what we have so far featured, but most certainly a classic of the genre.


All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes is part of Maya Angelou's autobiographical series...

June 29, 2015

Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes,

by Robert Louis Stevenson (1879)



 "For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake."


Travelling for travelling's sake is a popular refrain amongst the travel writing classics we've discussed so far...

June 26, 2015

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning,

by Laurie Lee (1969)




The sequel to Cider with Rosie sees Laurie Lee stretching his legs somewhat as he sets out from his Gloucestershire home one (midsummer) morning in 1934 for a bit of a tramp, and ultimately winds up in Spain,...

June 25, 2015

The Road to Oxiana,

by Robert Byron (1937)



There's a poignancy about reading Robert Byron's account of his journey through the Middle East to Oxiana, on the border with Afghanistan and the former Soviet Union.


Written between the wars, it is a quite astounding marriage...

June 24, 2015

Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle,
by Dervla Murphy (1965)


How many of the ambitions we have as ten year-olds do we actually end up achieving?


When the young Dervla Murphy received a bicycle and an atlas for her tenth birthday, and resolved to one day cycle fr...

June 23, 2015

Bound for Glory,
by Woody Guthrie (1943)


 "I could see men of all colors bouncing along in the boxcar."


So begins Woody Guthrie's "autobiography" (it's debatable quite how much embellishment he gives certain incidents) which has at its heart an account of his time as a...

June 22, 2015

Notes from a Small Island,
by Bill Bryson (1995)



Published at Cool Britannia's zenith in 1995, for many this is not only a travel writing classic but Bryson at his very best; his What's The Story? (Morning Glory), without the subsequent slow-decline, bickering and bre...

June 18, 2015

A Winter in Arabia,
by Freya Stark (1940)



Freya Stark, or Dame Freya Madeline Stark, as she would later become, was one of the very first Westerners, and certainly the first woman, to cross the southern Arabian Deserts; and that's just one of her many remarkable achie...

June 17, 2015

Travels With Charley
by John Steinbeck


When Travels with Charley was published in 1962 Steinbeck was a firmly established "Giant of American Letters", as the Nobel committe described him that same year when he was awarded the Prize for Literature. Yet such a title has...

June 16, 2015

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush (1958)
by Eric Newby


The original jacket featured a quote from none other than Evelyn Waugh calling Newby's book "Funny, exciting - an object lesson for the young on how to enjoy themselves and give enjoyment to others; a throw-back to a...

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