There is a saying that a library is full of new worlds to travel. Never is this truer than when you lose yourself in a travel related book. Fact or fiction, here at The Dovetail Agency we find our shelves brimming with classics new and old.Latest recommendations are regularly banded around the team and copies gladlyshared for bedtime or beach reading.
On World Book Day, we thought we would share our ‘virtual library’, a collection of our favourite reads which whisk us across the world without taking a single step.
- Arrazat’s Aubergines by Patrick Moon. Exploring the world of Languedoc food and cuisine, Patrick finds himself uncovering the secrets of olive oil, the mysteries of the Roquefort caves and the miracle of the Perrier spring. Delivering a wealth of information, it’s the perfect read for any Francophile or foodie.
- A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. At times laugh out-loud funny, this charts Bryson’s attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail and reconnect with his homeland with his friend Stephen Katz. In between the humour, it raises important points relating to the trail’s history and surrounding ecology, wildlife and people.
- Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. A haunting tale of love and war, the book charts two characters living at different times: a British soldier on the front lines during WWII and his granddaughter in the 1970’s who attempts to understand his experiences of the war. This novel portrays the importance of understanding past narratives.
- Cry of the Kalahari by Mark and Delia Owens. An inspirational read, this is the true story of the authors, young American zoologists who lived in isolation in the Botswana Kalahari for seven years in the mid 1970’ studying wildlife which had never seen humans before.
- First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung. This personal account of the author’s childhood during the Khmer Rouge years in Cambodia demonstrates the spirit of her family in the face of the adversity, and her experience training as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans.
- Our Man In Havana by Graeme Green. Set in Cuba, this black comedy tells the story of a hapless salesman recruits into the British Secret Service who invents a network of fictitious contacts and creates classified information, anticipating the events of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac. This seminal and largely autobiographical novel is based on the travels of Kerouac and his friends across America, with the protagonists exploring the heady backdrop of jazz, poetry and carefree adventure in the post-war generations.
- The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh. Taking readers from Burma to Bengal, India to Malaya, this novel takes readers across 100 years whilst exploring issues from the changing landscapes of the countries, to a society being swept in modernity.
- Travels on My Elephant by Mark Shand. Charting an epic journey across India, this is a story of Tara the elephant and Mark Shand who purchased and rode her over 600 miles across India to the world’s oldest elephant market. His love for Tara saw Mark establish Elephant Family to campaign on behalf of Indian elephants.
- Wild Swans, Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang. This family history spans a century, recounting the lives of three female generations in China: the author’s grandmother, mother and her own. It is an eye-opening read which sweeps you through the events of China in the 20th century with a personal narrative.
Do you have afavourite read? Let us know which titles we should be adding to our book list.