Anthropology-lite with Barnaby Rogerson of Eland books (Episode #1)


Barnaby Rogerson (Photo by Tom Bunning, October 2014)

I’m launching my new Personal Landscapes podcast with Barnaby Rogerson, publisher of Eland books.

It’s the only possible way I could open a discussion on books about place.

Eland has been resurrecting lost travel classics and keeping them in print for more than 35 years. 

The legendary travel presenter and Monty Python alumni Michael Palin has said, “It remains for me the quintessential travel publisher.”

It has “one of the very best travel lists,” according to historian William Dalrymple.

The writer Fergus Fleming says, “No British publisher has a list so enticingly eclectic or so consistently rewarding.”

We talk about anthropology-lite, why the post-war period was a golden age for British travel writing, and why some of the 20th century’s most exciting writers were autodidacts.

You can read more about the story of Eland — and find their outstanding catalog — on their website

Eland also offers a helpful subscription service where, for an annual fee, you can get their latest books hot off the presses. Or pick up the entire Eland classics library in one shelf-filling swoop — and donate a set to me. 

I highly recommend signing up to Eland’s excellent free newsletter for excerpts in your inbox and news about their latest titles. You’ll find a sign up box on their home page.

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About the author

Ryan Murdock

Author of A Sunny Place for Shady People and Vagabond Dreams: Road Wisdom from Central America. Host of Personal Landscapes podcast. Editor-at-Large (Europe) for Canada's Outpost magazine. Writer at The Shift. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


  • Really enjoyed it Ryan. Was able to listen to it during my break at work. What a distinguished guest. I want to read some of those books now!

    • Thanks Rob. Eland has a first rate list. I thought I was pretty well read in the genre, but I discovered so many new gems in their catalog. Talking with Barnaby is always a pleasure. Such a wealth of stories.


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