Category Archives: travel

Lost Paradise by Cees Nooteboom (translated by Susan Massotty)

“That is what everyone has always been looking for, isn’t it? A lost paradise?” Several years ago before they refurbished and made soulless Manchester’s Central Library, pulping a significant proportion of what was an eclectic and varied collection, I happened across this slender, unassuming little book and unwittingly opened a door I didn’t expect to. […]

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Farthest North by Dr. Fridjof Nansen

Fridtjof Nansen is a name which should trip off the tongue as easily as that of Scott and Shackleton, though perhaps more so because his polar exploration activity was more successful if less dramatic. Nansen was a scientist, a biologist … Continue reading

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On Trying to Keep Still by Jenny Diski

As I approached the end of 2016 I wanted to read something familiar, something to put me in the mood, the right frame of mind, for my plan to read less in 2017. As I scanned my shelves, running my … Continue reading

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Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole

There are moments in reading which elevate the experience beyond mere enjoyment to something more. I find in such moments a suspension, a feeling as though I am levitating above a great, vast plain of possibility and I know that … Continue reading

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Looking for Transwonderland: travels in Nigeria by Noo Saro-Wiwa

In Looking for Transwonderland, Noo Saro-Wiwa returns to Nigeria as a tourist, determined to explore her unpopular and little visited country to discover its charms. Saro-Wiwa is a British-Nigerian national, raised and educated in UK but subjected to annual unwelcome … Continue reading

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White Sands Experiences from the Outside World by Geoff Dyer

I’m a sucker for a nice looking cover and a bit of canny marketing from Canongate books. Which is how I ended up with this very nice looking book by Geoff Dyer. I’ve never read Geoff Dyer before, I’m sure … Continue reading

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The Lauras by Sara Taylor

I remember there being a flurry of blog activity around the release of The Shore by Sara Taylor last year, and whilst I wanted to read the book I didn’t have chance and the moment seemed to pass me by. … Continue reading

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