John Gimlette: Madagascar, and ‘walking the dead’ (EPISODE #6)

John Gimlette

John Gimlette is the author of five books, including Wild Coast and At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig

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.

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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.

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