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The Traveller's Daybook
Author: Fergus Fleming

ISBN: 9781848878129
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1 November 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.8 x 15.8 x 4.3
A masterly anthology of extracts from the journals and writings of travelers, explorers, and adventurers throughout history, taking the reader on one unforgettable journey for each day of the year.

Inviting readers to cross ocean, desert, mountain, and ice cap in the company of the world's greatest explorers, wanderers, and writers, this day-by-day anthology of travel writing ranges widely across time as well as place: from Christopher Columbus's "discovery" of the West Indies in 1492 to Anton Chekhov's journey through Siberia in the 19th century and on to Wilfred Thesiger's wanderings in Arabia's "empty quarter" in the 1940s. Each quoted extract is accompanied by a brief commentary that introduces the writer and establishes the context of the excerpt, while integrated paintings and black-and-white etchings chime with the period of the chosen extracts.

The itinerary offers the astonishment of the 17th-century diarist John Evelyn on beholding the size of women's shoes in Venice; the stoic courage of Captain Scott facing death at 40 degrees below zero; the exasperation of Dylan Thomas at finding himself in a "stifflipped, live...

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