Which are the best travel books? What makes a good travel book? Below you’ll find reading recommendations from and interviews with some of the world’s best known travel writers, including Paul Theroux and Colin Thubron, on what they regard as the best travel books. In cases where the travel writer has died, we have the best books about him or her (eg Bruce Chatwin).
One morning in early June, Laurie Lee said goodbye to his mum at the garden gate and went off on an adventure. Is now the moment for you to do the same? Bestselling author and adventurer Alastair Humphreys recommends five books written by adventurers that can’t fail but inspire you to ‘go simple, go solo, go now.’
by Jan Morris
Hong Kong Noir: Fifteen true tales from the dark side of the city
by Feng Chi-shun
by the Hong Kong Writers Circle
The Heritage Hiker’s Guide to Hong Kong
by Pete Spurrier
Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong
by Gordon Mathews
Hong Kong continues to simmer with tension, years on from the ‘Umbrella Protests’ that made news around the world. But will it lead to advances in democracy or crackdowns by Beijing? Jason Ng, lawyer and author of Umbrellas in Bloom, chooses five of the best books for understanding China’s ‘foster child’ city.
Robert Macfarlane, author of an acclaimed trilogy of books about landscape and human thought tells us about the intrepid, sometimes misanthropic writers who inspired his own investigation of wilderness. He chooses some of his favourite books of nature-writing.