This month, take a breezy literary world tour in round 2 of Lonely Planet’s fictional travel series. Also take your pick from the various global pilgrimages below that range from the death-defying to the transcendent.
Wild by nature : from Siberia to Australia, three years alone in the wilderness on foot / Sarah Marquis.
“Swiss explorer Marquis’s stunning memoir cannot be compared with similarly themed accounts such as Cheryl Strayed’s Wild. For one thing, Marquis is a professional explorer who prepares for walking expeditions and then completes them, no matter the level of difficulty or length of the journey. […] she encounters many dangers including dehydration, harassment, illness – and in one hair-raising sequence, machine gun-toting drug smugglers in Laos.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
The Silk Road : taking the bus to Pakistan / Bill Porter.
“In a mix of history, myth, and humorous observations, Porter relates tales of notable landmarks and figures from Chinese history, including emperors, concubines, poets, and peasants. Hopping from bus to van, hoofing it across towns, crashing in cheap motels, or enjoying whisky by starlight, Porter’s dispatches from central Asia read like erudite diary entries. Nearly 25 years in the making, Porter’s travel writing is sure to satisfy bibliophiles’ wanderlust.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Better than fiction 2 / edited by Don George and Samantha Forge.
“Whether on a plane en route to your own travel adventure, or at home settling in for a vicarious experience of world adventures, embark on this literary journey around the world and explore your passion for travel now! Well-known authors include Dave Eggers, Alexander McCall Smith, Jane Smiley, David Shafer and Francine Prose.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Ocean notorious : journeys to lost and lonely places of the deep south / Matt Vance.
“Venture to the deep south and you will experience a world like no other – forbidding Subantarctic islands, astounding sea creatures, death-defying plants, the constant company of birds. As an expedition guide, Matt Vance has accompanied intrepid tourists and birders, artists and writers. He gives a first -person account of the lonely places where lives have been changed and history made.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Flavours of South Australia : favourite restaurants, wineries and producers with their signature recipes / edited by Penny Cordner.
“You’ve never seen South Australia like this before. From farm gates to cellar doors and hidden bars to extraordinary restaurants, prepare to immerse yourself in the best of South Australia’s culinary scene. Within these pages you can journey from the remarkable restaurants in Adelaide to the world-renowned wineries and producers of the Barossa.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
The Scottish islands : the bestselling guide to every Scottish island / Hamish Haswell-Smith.
“Packed with information on access, anchorages, points of historical or natural interest and things to do and see, this fascinating compendium provides indispensable information for touring, for browsing, for reference, and for all of those travellers who wish to experience some of the most beautiful and remote places in the world.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
The way of St Francis : via Di Francesco : from Florence to Assisi and Rome / by Sandy Brown.
“This book is a trove of information that makes a perfect companion for anyone setting out to walk the Way of St Francis. The Way of St Francis is one of the most popular pilgrim routes in Italy, and it offers a great range of sights: olive groves, vineyards, Renaissance Florence, the Casentino National Forest, hilltop towns, ancient ruins, mountains, the Marmore Falls, the Vatican City and more.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Elephant complex : travels in Sri Lanka / John Gimlette.
“Everyone has wanted a piece of paradise. Sri Lanka is a small island with a long, violent and enthralling history. Home to thousands of wild elephants, this is a place where natural beauty has endured, indifferent to human tragedy. […] As he walks in the steps of old conquerors, follows the secret paths of elephants and marches alongside pilgrims, Gimlette seeks the soul of a country that is struggling to free itself from trauma and embody an identity to match its vitality, its power and its people.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)