The Picador Book of JourneysPaperback
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- Publisher: PICADOR
- Format: Paperback | 200 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 197mm x 29mm | 309g
- Publication date: 5 July 2002
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 033036863X
- ISBN 13: 9780330368636
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Sales rank: 1,552,234
Robyn Davidson's fascinating book is an anthology in its truest sense - it is a treasure trove of writing that challenges what we define as travel writing: moving effortlessly from Flaubert in Egypt to Elizabeth David in the Mediterranean by way of runaway slaves; the moon; hallucinating in Las Vegas; and going home. The book is arranged as a journey (not chronologically) with an introduction by Robyn Davidson. Davidson, in her fantastic selection, takes us on a fascinating journey of writers and discoverers (Chekhov, Darwin, Doris Lessing, Tobias Wolff, VS Naipaul, Tim Mackintosh Smith, Pankaj Mishra). By turns funny, revelatory, engaging and surprising this is a gem of a book for readers of every taste.
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Robyn Davidson was born in 1950 in a small Queensland country town. She is the author of Tracks, the account of her epic journey across the Australian desert with four camels, which won the 1980 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award; a collection of essays, Travelling Light; a novel, Ancestors, which was published in 1989 and was shortlisted for the Premier's Award in Australia and Desert Places, the story of her travels with Indian nomads, which was published in 1996 and was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. She has travelled extenslvely throughout the world and currently divides her time between Australia, London, and India.