Travels in Tandem: The Writing of Women and Men Who Travelled Together

Travels in Tandem: The Writing of Women and Men Who Travelled Together


By (author) Susanna Hoe

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  • Publisher: The Women's History Press
  • Format: Paperback | 247 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 230mm x 16mm | 410g
  • Publication date: 26 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0954405692
  • ISBN 13: 9780954405694
  • Illustrations note: 10maps, 34 illustrations
  • Sales rank: 948,046

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'The book grew out of a habit, early adopted when on her travels...of unpretending narrative of the previous day's proceedings to be sent home to her father.' Thus wrote Thomas Brassey of his wife Annie. As for his own account of their travels, Susanna Hoe describes it as 'full of reports of experts...and often about exports.' And she explores the question, are women travel companions' accounts more generally 'unpretending narratives', and men's the opposite? The theme expanded when the author was asked, 'Do women write with more immediacy, with more colour, more empathy and more attention to detail?' Using extensive quotations, the author pursues those and other questions through the relations and accounts of couples visiting or living in foreign places, from Liberia to Siberia, from Vanuatu to Chinese Turkestan, between 1664 and 1973.

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Author information

Susanna Hoe, who has lived in both Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong with her husband Derek Roebuck, has written of her life in both places - At Home in Paradise, and Watching the Flag Come Down. They wrote together The Taking of Hong Kong: Charles and Clara Elliot in China Waters. Based in Oxford, she continues writing about women abroad.

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"Graham found the idea of your book very amusing" (Barbara Greene Strachwitz to the author about her cousin, 13/1/1988)". "This is a great read. And it brings to light much interesting knowledge about a so far little explored area of travel literaure." ( Anka Ryall, University of York). "A delightful, humorous and revealing account of the pleasures and perils of travelling together." (Caroline Moorehead).