He’s a regular contributor to The Times (London), The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, and Condé Nast Traveller. And he’s won the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize and the Wanderlust Travel Writing Award.
John writes about overlooked places, like the three tiny countries at the top of South America. If you’re like me, its those names that catch your eye on a map rather than the more famous places everyone else seems to go.
He also has a talent for meeting the most interesting characters, from bandits to bums, drunks and witch doctors.
His latest book — The Gardens of Mars — is outstanding, and one of my top reads for 2021.
We spoke about Madagascar, ‘walking the dead’, and writing about places on the margin of the map.
You can read more about John Gimlette on his website: http://www.johngimlette.com/
These are the books we mentioned in the podcast:
- The Gardens of Mars: Madagascar, An Island Story
- Wild Coast: Travels on South America’s Untamed Edge
- At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig
- Theatre of Fish
- Elephant Complex: Travels in Sri Lanka
- Panther Soup