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The topics in this book range from letters from ancient Egypt to a terrifying hyena attack in Kenya. The authors question the idea of travel writing and argue that travel writing can span many styles and ideas, as well as continents.
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Published July 1st 2002 by Pan MacMillan (first published January 1st 2001)
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Maureen
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is an anthology of travel writing - but not in the usual sense. It wanders all over history, to the modern age, and includes some of the most obscure and interesting travel writing i have read.
The writing is categorised according to place, England, North America, Iceland etc, but the focus is not on the external journey. It is a series of impressions of life, and of the writers who are going to somewhere new and different for them. Sometimes only a walk down the street, but here I
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Stephen
Aug 10, 2008 rated it liked it
I can't help myself, but I generally read travel articles in the newspaper. Sadly, they are mostly pretty shallow. The selection by Davidson won't help me find a hotel room, but I've been entertained and learnt something from most of the pieces I've read so far. Good arm chair reading.
Gayatri Swaminathan
re-reading it, actually... some of the pieces are good
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Robyn Davidson was born on a cattle property in Queensland, Australia. She went to Sydney in the late sixties, then spent time studying in Brisbane before moving to Alice Springs, where the events of this book begin. Since then, she has traveled extensively, living in London, New York, and India. In the early 1990s, she migrated with and wrote about nomads in northwestern India. She is now based ...more

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