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Wanted - Travel Literature (Fact or Fiction)

Hello there,

I am planning a trip from UK to Oz, but not leaving until 2009. I am really enjoying building up a library relating to the trip, so far using ebay and amazon mostly.

I am interested in buying from anyone any literature that they would like to get rid of. Our route is still not finalised, but it is looking roughly like:-

Europe -> Iran -> Stans -> China -> SE Asia -> Oz

But I would be interested in anything you might think worthy of my attention.

Also, if anyone can suggest any interesting shops, websites etc where I should be looking.

Let me know if you've got anything and the price.

Lovely jubbly




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A funny book worth a read is, The Wrong Way Home, by Peter Moore, get it in most book shops for about 6 pounds. Skip
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Info London to Japan

Hi Cornish

My wife and I are nearing the end of our trip from London to Japan. We, like most have a blog with some contacts and info. It may have some information that will help you with your planning.

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Hey Skip and Ken. thanks for the info. Will chase both up further when I get home away from the beading eyes of ma boss Had a quick look at the website, and it looks funny Looking forward to reading it all tonight with a little whisk(e)y ........


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Here are some of my favourites, I have purposefully not included the better known biking books as you undoubtedly know about them already:

1: Anything by Eric Newby.

2: First Overland, by Tim Slessor. A bunch of Oxbridge students drive Landies from London to Singapore, apparently the first to do so in a oner. An interesting picture of the world in the fifties. You may have to be British to fully appreciate the eccentricities of these likeable toffs.

3: An Unexpected Light, by Jason Elliot. A trip in Afghanistan, incredibly knowledgable and very entertaining.

4: Eastern Approaches, Fitzroy MacLean. Pre-war travels in the Stans and relating MacLeans experiences fighting with Tito against the Jerries. Top quality adventure, funny and evocative. A real 'classic'.

5: Seven Years in Tibet, Heinrich Harrer. Dunno if you'll be able to go here overland, but this books a classic. Relates Harrers' experiences during the War as the Dalai Lamas personal tutor. Also includes his exciting escape from a British Internment camp and perilous trek across Northern India to get to Tibet. Grand.

If I think of any more I'll let you know!


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Thanks Matt too

Hi Matt,

I'm getting goose bumps just reading your reply let alone the books

Thanks for taking the time to reference your favorites for me, much appreciated.




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