The World is a Book

A few days ago I asked, “What are your favourite literary travel books?” Thank you for your suggestions, added to mine below to compile a quintessential shelf of travel literature:

  1. Flaubert in Egypt: A Sensibility on Tour – Gustave Flaubert
  2. Rings of Saturn – W. G. Sebald
  3. Travels with Herodotus – Ryszard Kapuściński
  4. The Air-Conditioned NightmareHenry Miller
  5. Songlines – Bruce Chatwin
  6. The Motorcycle Diaries – Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara
  7. On the RoadJack Kerouac
  8. In Patagonia – Bruce Chatwin
  9. Pictures from Italy Charles Dickens
  10. Collected Travel Writings: The Continent and Great Britain and America – Henry James
  11. The Roads to Sata – Alan Booth
  12. The Way of the WorldNicolas Bouvier
  13. Into the Heart of BorneoRedmond O’Hanlon
  14. A Time of GiftsPatrick Leigh Fermor
  15. Hokkaido Highway Blues – Will Ferguson
  16. Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It – Geoff Dyer
  17. Falling off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World – Pico Iyer
  18. Riding the Iron Rooster – Paul Theroux
  19. To Noto: Or London to Sicily in a Ford – Duncan Fallowell
  20. Angry White Pyjamas – Robert Twigger
  21. Arabian SandsWilfred Thesiger
  22. This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland – Gretel Ehrlich
I’ve added the new suggestions to my wish list and anticipate reading them with genuine pleasure.

7 thoughts on “The World is a Book

  1. >Hey that it a great list, but you may experience itchy feet and cabin fever if you read all of that travel literature! Travel literature always (inevitably)makes me want to travel. So for me it is a bitter sweet experience if you are reading it for pleasure and not with the anticipation of a planned trip.


  2. >You are right, Fiona, I cannot take too much travel literature at once. I will eke that list out over a very extended period. It gives me itchy feet too.


  3. >That is a perplexing question, Kevin. How would you define literary adventure books? This: "a genre of novels that has adventure, an exciting undertaking involving risk and physical danger, as its main theme"?


  4. >Thanks for pointing out the duplication, Duncan. Rings of Saturn is outstanding, my favourite Sebald by a long way. I have never thought of it as a literary travel book, but my definitions are pliable.And you are quite welcome, most of my favourite writers are unquantifiable.


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