I've just finished reading a book called 'Holy Cow' which is both set in and largely about India. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone, however i would also like to read more books like this, as apposed to guide books, and wonder if anyone else has any recomendations. I'm particularly interested in reading about India and Asia as that's where i'm heading in February.
I personally don't know of any other books that are stories of that part of the world in particular, but if you go to your bookstore (usually the big chainstores) there will undoubtedly be a travel Stories section. You can find some really good ones there.
I quite enjoyed A Fortune Teller Told Me: Earthbound Travels in the Far East, by Tiziano Terzani. He was told by a fortune teller (in 1976) that he would die in a plane crash (in 1993), and so he spent the year 1993 travelling exclusively overland. Living in Bangkok, he travelled to Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and even home to visit his mother in Italy!
That is an interesting one for sure! Partly the reason why I would be too scared to go see a fortune teller but clearly good travels sprouted from the fear of the fortune being true.
Micheal Palin of Monty Python fame has put several travel books he's written (full text and pictures) on the web http://www.palinstravels.co.uk/. I have his "pole to pole" in hardcopy and have been reading his "around the world in 80 days" on the web. This is a wonderful thing he's done.
I loved Silver Linings, Travels Around Northern Ireland by Martin Fletcher. I read it after I got back, so I could do the whole "I was there!" routine. It's really well written, poignant, funny, and I couldn't take my nose out of it. The contrast between the nicest people in the world and the most horrific acts of hatred was enough to make you cry.
I have read a couple of the Bill Bryson books, and found them to be a rather good read. I read 'Notes from a small Island' which is about Britain, and 'Sunburnt Country' which is about Australia. As i know both countries well they were good to see what another person sees in a place. He combines the story telling side with humour in a good way. Not too over the top.
His books also focus in on the cultural differences of the places he visits and what makes the country the way it is. Good historical facts along the way too.
Im not sure if he has done one on Asia for you tho Jennycook
Just my 2 cents...
Anyone else enjoyed his books?
I think i've read most of Bill Bryson's books, i absolutley love his writing.
Thanks for the recommendations though, i'll definately be looking some of them up, particularly the book about the story teller. unfortunately we've got great book shops in my town, but they've all got particularly poor travel sections. Unless of course you want to read 27 books on buying a home in france.
I recently read Made in America by Bill Bryson. I have a thing for books on writing and the use of language, and this one had a lot of little stories that make you go "huh!". I heard his book about Australia is really, really good, too.
The contrast between the nicest people in the world and the most horrific acts of hatred was enough to make you cry.
Wow, i'm about to cry too Tway, cheers for the big-up. Good book, i've read it, i particularly liked the Poitin maker.
My favourite travel book is 'McCarthy's Bar' its just the best craic there is in a book.
I was recommended 'Midnights Children' before i go to India but i havent bought it, might go for 'Holy Cow' instead!!