Welcome to our world and travel book recommendations. The aim of this section is two-fold. Firstly, we have recommendations from some of the world’s best known travel writers (Paul Theroux, 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).
Secondly, we aim to equip our readers who are travelling somewhere with the best books to get a deeper understanding of that country. This can be a transforming experience, as attested to here (a blogpost about how wonderful it is to be a ‘reading traveller’). In this line, we asked Evan Osnos to recommend the best books on China and Pankaj Mishra to recommend the best books on India. We’ve also got reading lists for a number of American and European cities: New Orleans, Paris, London.