OxTravels : Meetings with Remarkable Travel Writers

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You have to go back to the 1980s and Granta's bestselling travel issue to find a book that compares to OxTravels. Introduced by Michael Palin, OxTravels features original stories from twenty-five top travel writers, including Michael Palin, Paul Theroux, Sara Wheeler, William Dalrymple, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Lloyd Jones, Rory Stewart, Jan Morris, Dervla Murphy, Rory MacLean, and others. Each of the stories takes as its theme a meeting - life-changing, affecting, amusing by turn - and together they transport readers into a brilliant, vivid atlas of encounters. This extraordinary collection is published in aid of Oxfam and all royalties from the book will support Oxfam's work.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 36mm | 458.13g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 photos
  • 184668496X
  • 9781846684968
  • 75,231

About Michael Palin

Mark Ellingham is the original publisher of the Rough Guides series (now an imprint of Penguin Random House), publisher at Sort Of Books and editor at Profile Books. He co-edited the OxCrimes collection with Peter Florence.

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If you have the slightest curiosity about the world beyond your living room, then this is a collection to die for. What could be a better way to raise funds for Oxfam than to collect these nuggets of worldly wisdom from a galaxy of the very best travel writers. It's impossible to read their contributions without wanting to go and get the rucksack out. Michael Palin Captivating... a collection that is filled with memorable brilliance. -- Peter Feely Real Travel Inspiring John Lewis Edition A colourful suitcase of stories... will whip up your wanderlust. Sainsbury's Magazine A rare congregation of talent Lonely Planet This is a collection of sharp tales which take you straight to the point of a place...reading OxTravels is like landing somewhere you haven't been for a while and remembering how much you love the place... a reminder of how much I love travelling safely on the back of someone else's intimate words... riveting... they leave you moved, long after you've stopped travelling -- Sarah Barrell Independent on Sunday Engaging Sunday Times This book proves that the form (travel writing) can still glow with life. Here is the heart of it, the ability of great travel writers to find magic in the most trying of trips... This book is a small empire of joy... a diamond... By focusing on encounters, Ox Travels has reinvigorated the form... a serious collection. -- Ruaridh Nicoll Observer These piece capture a character, culture or country with the rough flourish of a charcoal sketch... you can happily feel you're getting something worthwhile in return for your coins. OxTravels is easily digestible, not quickly forgotten. -- Tom Hawker Wanderlust An ideal holiday companion -- Tom Robbins FT Lie back with a chilled glass of wine and enjoy this page-turner of chance meetings in bustling airports, ambushes in the Amazon and penguins in the Antarctic. -- Caroline Jowett Sunday Express This is a rare collection in which the reader eagerly moves from one outstanding piece of writing to the next. The Age, Australia The result is stories as varied as birds in the Amazon jungle, as colourful as an Indian bazaar, as memorable as a Himalayan sunset. The Dominion Post, NZ Richly rewarding in content Country Life

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