Travel is a leap in the dark, says Paul Theroux – and one that will leave you a different person at the other end. He recommends five travel books that inspired him, from Mark Twain at sea to VS Naipaul in India
David has chosen his books, but he has not done his interview yet. Arranging it is complicated by the fact he seems to be constantly on or near Mt. Everest. While we wait for him to get back, see the stunning photos and excellent work he is doing on Everest's glaciers here
The travel writer casts his net over books about the sea and comes up with a haul including Moby Dick and a naval history of Britain.
The author of “Race for the South Pole” discusses the early history of polar exploration, and gives us some fascinating insights into what made the Norwegians different from their British counterparts
Journalist and author of The Black Nile, who spent six months travelling the famous river, discusses some of the turbulent times that the Nile has witnessed – and praises its extraordinary beauty