What constitutes a great writer? Essentially, I think he or she will articulate the commonplace with an originality and freshness that causes the reader to see the world anew. And at the same time entertain, amuse and move – making the reading process a delightful and absorbing experience.
Lesley Glaister, writer.
A great author is one who appears to write effortlessly, making reading seem effortless, to the point where you forget you’re reading. And one who can make you see and understand everything without labouring the point or making you feel you have to concentrate too hard. Subtlety and empathy are also key.
Illona de Nemethy Sanigar, book buyer.
The following selection is highly subjective and limited to those travel books
that I rate in the following categories:
*** ‘A delightful and absorbing experience’ - Books that I’ve read more than once.
** Highly Recommended.
* Worth Reading.
**It’s Not About The Bike by Lance Armstrong
**Every Second Counts by Lance Armstrong
*The Trail to Titicaca: A Journey through South America by Rupert Attlee
*Pedalling to Hawaii: A human-powered adventure by Stevie Smith
*Off the Rails: Moscow to Beijing on Recumbent Bikes by Tim Cope and Chris Hatherly
*The Wind in my Wheels by Josie Dew
*Esprit de Battuta by Pamela Watson
Travel in China
**Adrift in China by Simon Myers
*Frontiers of Heaven by Stanley Stewart
*Red Dust by Ma Jian
Travel in Asia
***The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz
**Danziger’s Travels by Nick Danziger
**In Xanadu by
**Jupiter’s Travels by Ted Simon
***Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
***A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
***The Last Grain Race by
**Ghost Riders: Travels with American Nomads by Richard Grant
*Overlanding by Tim English
*Duende by Jason Webster