Colin Thubron gave a class on the evocation of place at Somerset House.

Top Tips

  • In travel, leave behind – as far as you can – all prejudice. Shed your own culture.
  • Take full notes as you go. The vitality of description lies in its detail.
  • Don’t be too dutiful. Follow your obsessions.

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Robert Byron The Road to Oxiana
Patrick Leigh Fermor A Time of Gifts
Nicholas Bouvier The Way of the World
Bruce Chatwin In Patagonia
James Morris Venice
Italo Calvino Invisible Cities
William Dalrymple From the Holy Mountain
Redmond O’Hanlon Congo Journey
Pico Iyer Video Night in Katmandu
Jonathan Raban Old Glory