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Book Reflections – Slowly Down the Ganges by Eric Newby

This is the third book by Eric Newby that I’ve read. I was attracted to this book because Newby was accompanied by his wife Wanda on this journey of over … Continue reading

May 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux

I enjoyed reading Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux. I didn’t much enjoy Pillars of Hercules. I’m yet to read the Great Railway Bazaar and the Patagonian Express. Most recently I … Continue reading

December 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – On Horseback Through Asia Minor by Fred Burnaby 

The book opens in the characteristic way of Burnaby’s writing, without any introduction, that I found in A Ride to Khiva. Frederick Burnaby wrote this book about his thousand-mile winter journey … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Country Driving by Peter Hessler

Peter Hessler worked in China from 2000 to 2007 for The New Yorker but he had already moved to China in 1996 with the Peace Corps. He applied for and … Continue reading

September 12, 2017 · 2 Comments

Book Reflections – Behind the Wall by Colin Thubron 

Colin Thubron is my favourite travel writer. Thubron travelled 10,000 miles around China in 1987 from Beijing all the way down the coast to Guangzhou, to Jinghong on the border with Burma, … Continue reading

August 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Book Reflections – Tomorrow to be Brave by Susan Travers

Susan Travers was awarded 12 medals for her bravery and service to the Free French Army in WWII. After the war she joined the French Foreign Legion so that she … Continue reading

July 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – My Amazon Adventure by Sebastian Snow

Sebastian Snow journeyed to Peru in 1951 at the age of twenty-one. He accepted a job to collected readings from scientific instruments at the source of one of the Amazon … Continue reading

July 3, 2017 · 4 Comments

Book Reflections – A Ride to Khiva by Frederick Burnaby

Frederick (Fred) Burnaby was a Colonel in the British Army. It was the summer of 1874 and he was in the Sudan when he read a newspaper article stating that … Continue reading

June 5, 2017 · 3 Comments

Book Reflections – Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

Wilfred Thesiger was a hard man! I first read an encounter with him by Eric Newby in A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush. Thesiger was determined to explore more of the … Continue reading

May 25, 2017 · 5 Comments

Book Reflections – The Lure of the North 

The Lure of the North is a compilation of three essays written by British travellers in mid nineteenth century. The 19th-century boom in mass tourism, fuelled by the introduction of … Continue reading

April 29, 2017 · Leave a comment
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