AROUND THE WORLD IN TEN BOOKS
Heading off around the world? Advice for your next holiday: Don’t waste the inevitable excess baggage fare (from those book-filled bags) on novels and books about life in the city when you’re on a Caribbean island, or vice versa. Why not read up on the views, insights and perspectives of authors who have stood where you’re stood, lounged where you lounge? Read a history of what makes a country the way it is today. Gain insight into domestic life abroad. Put simply, try to understand where you are and who you are amongst…
We think everywhere can be improved by a bit of reading, and we’ve started you off with a few of our favourite places to visit in the summer and the books we feel best match them.
My Family and Other Animals
by Gerald Durrell
Intended to embrace the natural history of the Greek island of Corfu, the result is a quirky account of island life.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Diaz
This wacky Pulitzer-prize winner captures the traditions of Dominican Republic and their translation, or mistranslation into today’s social norms.
My Beautiful Friend
by Elena Ferrante
Ferrante’s modern masterpiece is the literary counterpart to Naples’ intriguing, dark alleyways.
Where the Clocks Chime Twice
by Alec Waugh
At the time a world in and of itself, forgotten by most of the world, this description of these tropical islands, their people and their history, ranks among the best of travel writing.
A Moveable Feast
by Ernest Hemingway
A Moveable Feast brilliantly evokes the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the unbridled creativity and enthusiasm that Hemingway himself experienced.
by Elspeth Huxley
An account of the arrival and effects of British colonialists, told through the eyes of four generations of Kikuyu tribesmen in Kenya.
The New York Stories of Edith Wharton
by Edith Wharton
Edith Wharton wrote about New York as only a native can and this enriches our understanding of the haute New York society she both revelled in and reviled.
44 Scotland Street
by Alexander McCall Smith
When the Fringe draws you up to this country’s beautiful capital, accompany it with this joyous, charming portrait of city life and human foibles.
I Like It Here
by Kingsley Amis
Mean, narrow-minded but at times very funny, an intolerant writer who has an “acute prejudice about abroad” graces these pages.
by Patrick White
A love story set against the disappearance of an explorer in the outback, Voss paved the way for a generation of Australian writers to shrug off the