Still thinking of what to give your friends this Christmas? You can never go wrong with books, especially if your friends love to travel. The Guardian has a feature article today about the best travel books according to some of the leading travel authors today. You can’t get any better than that, can you? Here are some of the books in the list.
Empires of the Indus by Alice Albini
Chosen by William Dalrymple, this book is described as “a fabulously thoughtful, learned, perceptive and stereotype-breaking book which follows the Indus from its delta on the coast of Sindh up to its source in Chinese-occupied Tibet.” He got me at “stereotype-breaking.”
The Man in Seat 61 by Mark Smith
This was chosen by the author of the first book on the list, Alice Albini. Why did she choose this book? “The book is a straightforward guide to taking the train through Europe, and lays out all the cultural, environmental – and sometimes even economical – reasons for doing so. Skimming along the railroads of the world suddenly seems not just morally-superior (and thus off-putting) but also interesting, easy and fun. I am giving it for Christmas to all the short-haul flight addicts I know.” I have always wanted to travel by train so this book seems to be a logical choice for like minded people.
There are other books on the list which may catch your interest but for me, I think that I shall check the local bookstore for these two later on.