Books and travel share many similarities. They let us step out of our comfort zone for a space of time, often do not go on long enough and leave us wanting more, and offer something different to each person.
While my team has been busy exploring the world to find you, our clients, brand new destinations and experiences which few travel operators even know exist, they have also been thumbing the pages of some truly magnificent reads. Here you will find their picks from over the last few months.
The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
An inspirational memoir that is a life-affirming story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt, and rediscovered in the most unexpected ways.
Order your book: The Salt Path
Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road by Kate Harris
An enthralling travelogue of a journey along the Silk Road by bicycle, Lands of Lost Borders explores the importance of breaking boundaries, whether physical borders or the ones that we place upon ourselves. There are some real nuggets as the author celebrates our connection to the natural world and to each other, and how the latter transcends any barriers that divide us.
Order your book: Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road
Our Travel Recommendation: Along the Silk Route – Kyrgyzstan to China
The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
A beautifully crafted book about the interlinked lives of two women, an upper-middle-class housewife and her domestic servant. The novel explores the complex relationships between the classes in India. If you enjoyed ‘Kite Runner’ or ‘Cutting for Stone’, you will love ‘The Space Between Us’.
Order your book: The Space Between Us
Our Travel Recommendation: Hampi and the Treasures of the Deccan Plateau
The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places by William Atkins
One-third of the earth’s land surface is desert. Travelling to five continents, visiting deserts both iconic and little-known, William Atkins discovers a realm that is as much internal as physical. In doing so he revives the art of travel writing focusing on the people, history, topography and symbolism of these harsh but captivating environments.
Order your book: The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places
Our Travel Recommendation: Highlights of Oman
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Beautifully observed, this has to be one of my favourite books that I have read recently. The (fictional) life of a Count – Alexander Rostov – in the Metropol Hotel might not sound gripping or engaging but the wit and charm of the Count are just that.
Order your book: A Gentleman in Moscow
Our Travel Recommendation: Highlights of Moscow & St. Petersburg
Wilding by Isabella Tree
Personal and inspirational, Wilding is an astonishing account of rewilding in West Sussex. More particularly, the beauty and strength of nature, when it is given freedom.
Order your book: Wilding
Arabs: A 3,000 Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires by Tim Mackintosh-Smith
A riveting, comprehensive history of the Arab peoples and tribes. This kaleidoscopic book covers almost 3,000 years of Arab history and shines a light on the footloose Arab peoples and tribes who conquered lands and disseminated their language and culture over vast distances.
Order your book: Arabs: A 3,000 Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires
Our Travel Recommendation: Kingdom of the Nabateans
Eyes in the Night by Nomavenda Mathiane
Hopefully, you have all heard Rob Caskie speaking on the Anglo Zulu Wars. This is the other side of the story. Nomavenda Mathiane stumbled upon her grandmother’s story well over a century after the gruelling events of the Battle of Isandlwana; the result is a sweeping epic of both personal and political battles.
Order your book: Eyes in the Night
Our Travel Recommendation: KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife, Coast and Battlefields
Kings of the Yukon by Adam Weymouth
Weymouth’s searing portraits of these people and landscapes offer an elegiac glimpse of a disappearing world. Kings of the Yukon is a dazzling, empathetic portrait of this river, written from the perspective of one who has kayaked its length.
Order your book: Kings of the Yukon
Our Travel Recommendation: 5 Things to do in the Yukon
The Konyaks: The Last of the Tattooed Headhunters by Phejin Konyak
This is the first time such intensive research and documentation on Konyak tattoo art has been undertaken. It is beautifully photographed and illustrated, making for a fascinating insight into the Konyak people, their society and way of life.
Order your book: The Konyaks: The Last of the Tattooed Headhunters
Our Travel Recommendation: Tribes of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh
*Links have been added to purchase books on Amazon as we deem that to be the safest way to do so in this current period of isolation.