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The Portable Paradise

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Jonathan Keates's passion for collecting historic guidebooks has resulted in a beguiling work of cultural archaeology, which explores the experience of travel for the British before the First World War. Unlike Lucy Honeychurch in E.M.Forster's A Room with a View, he revels in Baedeker, Murray and other Victorian examples, taking us on a poignant, funny and often revealing ...more
Published 2011 by Notting Hill Editions
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May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A short but very informative book on Victorian (and Edwardian) guidebooks.
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book because part of my current research involves looking at British travel guides from the 1910s. I don't know if it will help that but what I did get was a really excellent personal reflection on Baedekers and other guide books from the 19th century. At some point I realized this wasn't so relevant to my research but I kept reading because Mr Keates writes with such a clear and elegant style that he makes his subject fascinating.

Why should we care about old guide books? Mr Keates
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Jonathan Keates, is an English writer, biographer, novelist and Chairman of the Venice in Peril Fund. Keates was educated at Bryanston School and went on to read for his undergraduate degree at Magdalen College, Oxford.
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