To The Lake: A Balkan Journey of War and Peace

Kapka Kassabova is taking us back to the Balkans.

I’ve been looking forward to something new from this wonderful writer since Border, which was my top travel read of 2018.

That earlier book touched on the author’s childhood in Bulgaria, and To The Lake takes us deeper as she journeys to her grandmother’s place of origin in the mountainous Macedonian lake district.

Do you believe in the spirit of place?

The desert is my personal landscape — what’s yours?

The novelist and island writer Lawrence Durrell believed we are each aligned with certain places.

This is where we do our best work because we resonate with the Spirit of Place. 

Will travel writing survive COVID-19?

The travel section of London’s Skoob books…

The future looks bleak for travel writing — at least, for the highly commercialized side — but I don’t think this is true for travel literature. They aren’t the same thing.

Travels With Myself And Another

Travels with Myself and Another by Martha Gellhorn

How did I live for 47 years without reading Martha Gellhorn?

She’s best known in some circles for her brief wartime marriage to the writer Ernest Hemingway, much to her chagrin. But she is better known as a brilliant war correspondent and travel writer, though she wanted to be remembered as a novelist.

The Riverbones

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It’s been a while since I reviewed a recent travel book. This one stood out among the books I read last month.

The Riverbones by Andrew Westoll

Andrew Westoll spent a year as a primatologist chasing monkeys through the jungles of the Central Suriname Nature Reserve. He returned five years later as a writer obsessed with finding the secret soul of this poorly understood country.

Memory Breeds Paper Dreams

Jenny from Sydney, Australia asked: How did you become interested in writing?

I wonder sometimes what came first, the stories or the intention to write them?

Road Wisdom Top 10 Travel Books

 

No one likes a well thought out reading list more than I do. They obsess me, it’s true. But they also serve to focus my efforts, reveal themes and dialogues that pass from author to author, and expose me to new writers I might not otherwise have read.

The Tools of My Trade

notebook.jpgAs a professional travel writer, people often ask me about the tools of my trade. I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you about my notebook.

“Your notebook?” you might ask. “What the hell for? Isn’t one piece of paper as good as the next?”

Getting in to North Korea

This is the first in a multi-part blog on North Korea…

Many readers have asked about my time in North Korea. Why did I go? How did I get in? What was I thinking?

Images of London

We’ll get to North Korea soon, I promise. I’m in London at the moment and wanted to share something with you.

Spent some time searching for the tomb of one of my heroes. He’s buried in a marble replica of a Bedouin tent in a little cemetery in Mortlake…