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Nigel Barley: The Innocent Anthropologist (Episode #8)

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Nigel Barley Nigel Barley is the author of some 22 books, including White Rajah and A Plague of Caterpillars. He studied Modern Languages at Cambridge before completing a doctorate in Social Anthropology at Oxford. His first book, The Innocent Anthropologist, was based on his fieldwork in west Africa amongst the Dowayo people of North Cameroon. Barley left academia to work as a curator at the...

Jeremy Seal: Modern Turkey and the 1960 coup (Episode #7)

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Jeremy Seal Jeremy Seal is the author of six books, including A Fez of the Heart and A Coup in Turkey. He also contributes to a wide range of publications as a travel writer, journalist, and book reviewer, including the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and the Australian, and runs cultural tours to Turkey.   He’s been described as England’s pre-eminent travel writer on Turkey, a country he’s been...

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

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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...

Sara Wheeler: Russia, Antarctica and how we shape stories (Episode #5)

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Sara Wheeler (photo by Amit Lennon) Sara Wheeler is one of my favourite writers on place. She’s the author of 10 books, including Mud and Stars, Terra Incognita, and Travels in a Thin Country, as well as biographies of polar explorer Apsley Cherry-Garrard and adventurer Denys Finch Hatton. She’s a regular contributor to The Guardian, The Observer, The New York Times, The Spectator, The Telegraph...

Jerry Kobalenko: Searching for ghosts on Ellesmere Island (Episode #4)

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Jerry Kobaleko (Photo found at RMOToday.com) Jerry Kobalenko is one of Canada’s most experienced High Arctic travelers. He’s the author of The Horizontal Everest, and Arctic Eden. His writing and photography have appeared in National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, Canadian Geographic and Time.  He’s also the editor of ExplorersWeb. He was awarded the Polar Medal in 2018 by Canada’s...

Lawrence Millman: the Arctic, technology and saving stories (Episode #3)

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Lawrence Millman serving up arctic tern shit in Iceland… Lawrence Millman is the author of 18 books, including Northern Latitudes, Last Places, An Evening Among Headhunters, and Lost in the Arctic.  His articles have appeared in Smithsonian, National Geographic Adventure, The Atlantic Monthly, Sports Illustrated, and Islands.  He’s made 30 trips to the Arctic and Subarctic...

RORY MACLEAN: Berlin, Bowie and the new Cold War (Episode #2)

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Rory Maclean Rory Maclean is the author of 15 books, including Berlin: Portrait of a City Through the Centuries, Stalin’s Nose, and Pravda Ha Ha.  He’s been called “the outstanding, and most indefatigable, traveller-writer of our time” by the novelist John le Carré. Jan Morris described his work as “a new kind of history, in several dimensions and innumerable moods, that adds up to — across...

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

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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...

Ryan Murdock

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

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