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travel writing by world traveller on 21 March 2004 2:38pm
 
i know Michael palin is the greatest!-but does anyone have any other favorite travel writers or areas of travel in paticular?.I like Peter moore the aussie writer.
 
Re: travel writing by Godfather on 21 March 2004 5:22pm
 

I'm not really a reader of travel books. I tend to prefer to go out and do it firsthand.
 
Re: travel writing by justdna on 22 March 2004 1:59am
 
The best travel book I ever read (apart from a Palin!) was "The Lonely Sea and the Sky" by Sir Francis Chichester. Now there's inspiration!
 
Re: travel writing by The_E-street_Shuffle on 24 March 2004 12:06am
 
Thesiger's a great writer, but my current favourite would have to be Paul Theroux- I just read Dark Star Safari, a brilliant book. He's one of the few travel writers I've read that can produce stuff that is truly great in a proper 'literary' sense.
 
Re: travel writing by kidjuxta on 30 March 2004 2:07pm
 
Whoah whoah whoah!!!! Bill Bryson, anyone? I've just read his 'Lost Continent' trip around the US and it's brilliant! By the way, i've written some reviews of Michael's books on my website at www.kidjuxta.tk if any of you would care to come and visit, hint-hint! x
 
Re: travel writing by sminobe on 30 March 2004 10:56pm
 
Reading the re-posted chat over in Blathering On & MPs reply to LeeQuick about women traveling alone, it reminded me of a lovely book called "Maiden Voyages: Writings of Women Travelers" edited by Mary Morris. It's a collection of women's travel writing, both modern & historical. I read another collection of modern women's travel writing, but I forget the title (it included an excerpt from Mary Morris' "Nothing to Declare").

She has also written "Wall to Wall, From Beijing to Berlin by Rail", which I haven't read yet, but it's on my list!

There's also a lovely site with full-text of historical writings:
http://etrc.lib.umn.edu/womtrav.htm

[3/31 Update: "Travelers' tales: a woman's world" by Marybeth Bond]
 
Re: travel writing by MykReeve on 18 April 2004 7:52pm
 
I'll echo the enthusiasm for Peter Moore, whose 'The Full Montezuma' manages not to overwhelm the fascinating trip through Central America with amusing observations about his travelling companion.

I can't say I'm such a big fan of Bill Bryson, because I always feel like I've found out more about Bryson than about the places he's visited.

I like Tony Hawks's books, even though they're not really Travel-themed per se... and I've liked what I've read of Tim Moore (no relation to Peter).
 
Re: travel writing by macauley on 19 April 2004 1:14am
 
..try these: Carolyn Alexander, Sara Wheeler and Stanley Stewart. all excellent writers....worthy of a look.
 



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