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Nominate your favourite travel tales ...
7 years ago, July 8th 2007 No: 1 Msg: #16209  
When I'm not on the road, I love reading travel books. I'm interested to hear about your favourite travel tales? Mine include:
- '3 Men in a Raft' & '5 months in a leaky boat' - Ben Kozel
- 'Lost in Transmission' - Jonathon Harley
- 'Holy Cow' - Sarah MacDonald
- 'The Cloud Garden' - Tom Hart Dyke & Paul Winder
- 'When in Rome' - Penny Green
- 'Almost French' - Sarah Turnball
- 'Shantaram' - Gregory David Roberts

Cheers, Ellen

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7 years ago, July 16th 2007 No: 2 Msg: #16485  
I have to admit the only one on your list I've read is "Shantaram", and while it's undoubtedly a gripping read, descriptions of serving time in an Indian jail are one travel experience I can do without.

My own list:

"Shadow of the Silk Road" - Colin Thubron
"Behind the Wall" - Colin Thubron
"Congo Journey" - Redmond O'Hanlon
"In Patagonia" - Bruce Chatwin
"The Great Railway Bazaar" - Paul Theroux
"Passage to Juneau" - Jonathan Raban
"The Road to Oxiana" - Robert Byron Reply to this

7 years ago, July 25th 2007 No: 3 Msg: #16831  
Two amazing reads I can think of offhand are:

Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey by Alison Wearing
The Dolphin's Tooth: A decade in Search of Adventure by Bruce Kirkby

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7 years ago, July 25th 2007 No: 4 Msg: #16846  
Thanks Jezz & Cathy - I've added them to my list! Reply to this

7 years ago, July 25th 2007 No: 5 Msg: #16857  
Here's some of my favourites:

Dove by Robin Leigh Graham
Paddle to the Amazon and Paddle to the Arctic by Don Starkell
Amazon Extreme, Lost in Mongolia and Beyond the Horizon by Colin Angus

(Incidentally Ellen, I noticed Ben Kozel was on your list of authors. Ben Kozel and Colin Angus were actually travel partners in both of his books you've listed. I'm interested in hearing Ben's side of the story and I'm sure you'd be interested in hearing Colin's.) Reply to this

7 years ago, July 26th 2007 No: 6 Msg: #16863  
Thanks Josh - will do. I have actually been in touch with Ben Kozel - he's living in Adelaide and has just had a baby - so no more adventures for the time being! Reply to this

7 years ago, July 28th 2007 No: 7 Msg: #16963  
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles. (Morocco)
Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson. (UK)
The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. (Afghanistan)
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
Aliocha by Henri Troyat. (France/Russia)

Anything by Mark Twain. Reply to this

6 years ago, September 4th 2007 No: 8 Msg: #18906  
Good shout, Ellen - I'm addicted to travel books too, especially older ones!

The Isles of Oceania - Paul Theroux
Behind The Wall - Colin Thubron
Among The Russians - Colin Thubron
Eastern Visas - Audrey Harris
The Marsh Arabs - Wilfred Thesiger
Travels - Marco Polo
Travels with a Tangerine - Tim Mackintosh-Smith
Journey To The Centre Of The Earth - The Crane Twins
Big Red Train Ride - Eric Newby Reply to this

6 years ago, September 6th 2007 No: 9 Msg: #18999  
I like reading about discovering, not only travelling and I am very interested in "old travellers", people who dare to go to places that were supossed not to exist:
The travels of Ibn Battuta 1325-1354 - by him, but translated by H. Gibb
Among the Tibetans- Isabella Lucy Bird (1894)
Twilight in the Forbidden City (1934)- Reginald Fleming Johnston
The farthest North- Fridtjof Nansen
The incredible Journey- by Marco Polo but translated by Robin Brown
Across Asia on a bicycle:the journey ot 2 american students from Constantinople to Peking (1890)- by Allen Jr. Thomas GAskell and William Lewis Sachtleben

The list is long... Reply to this

6 years ago, September 18th 2007 No: 10 Msg: #19645  
"From the Holy Mountain: A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium" by William Dalrymple
"Travels with Charley: In Search of America" by John Steinbeck
"The Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad (altough, strictly speaking, this is a novel) Reply to this

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