Travel books this month include Nick Griffith’s Dr Who location guide to England and Wales Who Goes There.
Who goes there : (travels through strangest Britain, in search of the Doctor) / Nick Griffiths.
“NEW UPDATED EDITION celebrating 50 years of Dr Who. Who Goes There is the sequel to Nick’s hugely popular Doctor Who memoir, “Dalek I Loved You.” Nick travels England and Wales, seeking locations used in the show, both Classic (pre-relaunch) and New. Being an odd kind of show, its locations too are odd. This is no glamorous trip. Dungeness Nuclear Power Station, anyone? A flooded china clay pit in Cornwall? As he travels, so Nick discovers another side to our well-trodden country, which is no less evocative. Then he goes to the pub. As in “Dalek I Loved You”, the travel writing is backed up by Nick’s childhood reminiscences and contemporary musings. A companion website offers photographs from the trip, a Google map of the locations and details of the nearest pub. In this innovative way, readers are invited to follow in his footsteps. Who Goes There isn’t just for Who fans – it’s for anyone who fancies a trip off the beaten path. And a very funny book.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Athens : the truth : searching for Mános just before the bubble burst / David Cade.
“Charmed for decades by the music of Oscar-winning Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis, David Cade explores Athens as news breaks at the end of 2009 that Greece is in serious financial difficulty. The author talks to Athenians, examines many of the city’s extraordinary attractions, and surveys key aspects of Greece’s modern history.” (Syndetics summary)
The day was made for walking : an Aussie’s search for meaning on the Camino de Santiago / Noel Braun.
“Noel Braun yearns to walk the Camino, the ancient pilgrimage route that leads across France and Spain to Santiago de Compostela. Since the suicide of Maris, his beloved wife of forty-two years, he has struggled to find himself. But is it pure madness? He’s an old bloke. At seventy-seven-years, he should be sensible, act his age and relax in a rocking chair. Can his body and spirit withstand the demands? Can he leave family and friends behind? Noel believes this is a journey he MUST undertake.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Bottoms up in Belgium : seeking the high points of the Low Lands / Alec Le Sueur.
“Until 1993, Alec had never been to Belgium, so it came as some surprise when in August that year he found himself at the altar of a small church in Flanders, reciting wedding vows in Flemish. It was the start, for better or for worse, of a long relationship with this unassuming and much maligned little country. As he ordered yet another pint of Stella, it dawned on him that perhaps it was time to immerse himself in Belgian culture, especially when there were over a hundred locally produced beers on the menu. He vowed to put worldwide opinion to the test: just how boring can Belgium be?” (Syndetics summary)
Faraway places with strange sounding names : the Penn Overland story / Gerald Davis.
“With this book thousands of Australians will relive the thrill of overland travels through the Middle East, Central Asia, India and Africa. Until unrest and warfare shut them down in the late 70s, adventure bus journeys were all the rage with young travellers, headed to or from Europe and Britain. In this splendid illustrated book, Gerald Davis recreates a time that lives on in exciting memories.” (Syndetics summary)
The gap-year guidebook 2014 / editor, Jonathan Barnes.
“Everything you need to know about taking a gap-year, year out or career break. The gap-year guidebook has comprehensive advice for career breakers & mature travellers on how to prepare for your time out and how to cope with life afterwards: travelling, volunteering in the UK and abroad, working around the world, including information about short courses in art, culture, language, music, photography and more.” (Syndetics summary)
How to barter for paradise : my journey through 14 countries, trading up from an apple to a house in Hawaii / Michael Wigge ; translated by Tobi Haberstroh.
“The latest work by Berlin-based journalist and filmmaker Wigge, assuming his “Barterman” persona, chronicles his 200-day, six-continent journey as he barters his way into his childhood dream of staying in a house in Hawaii. A project put together with outlandish humor and outrageous gall, the book details how he starts with an apple and ends up in the 50th state. “Barterman” finds good-natured and eccentric barterers in his journey, making 42 trades in a trip filled with adventure. He climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, feeds wild crocodiles in Australia, races a former Olympic runner in Kenya, tours the prohibited zone of Chernobyl, and wanders the urban blight of Mumbai.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
What else is there for a boy like me? / Patrick Moon.
“Patrick Moon abandons a successful career as a city solicitor and heads for India. Where better, he thinks, to come to terms with the opportunity he has created for himself: the chance to reinvent his life. But how much of his old self and his old view of the world will survive this watershed? How should he best fill in the blank sheet of paper in front of him? And how will he deal with his other reason for travelling to India? He wants to try to reinvent another life: that of Mohamd, a talented young Indian from a primitive village in the Rajasthan desert, whose potential is blocked by the twin obstacles of poverty and caste. But Patrick underestimates how much of the weight of Indian society will be stacked against him, and how difficult it will be to pluck an individual out of India’s crowd.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
How to be a better traveller / Christopher L. Madden.
More of a ‘guide to travel’ than a ‘travel guide’, this book helps you to avoid the negative aspects of holidays and travel, providing you with practical tips on safety, saving money, avoiding hawkers and finding your way around unfamiliar places. How to be a Better Traveller is aimed at readers who want to improve their travel experiences. From package holiday tourists to business travellers, indie travellers to armchair travellers, everyone can learn to travel well.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)