The BBC travel shows with Michael Palin are among the most well-produced mainstream narratives out there. He has made several trips made into books and TV series. This one describes a lap around the Pacific Ocean, a quite original itinerary.
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This is a collection of short stories by Swedish journalist Staffan Heimerson. He is a big jolly guy, like a Swedish version of Bill Bryson. Many of the episodes are downright hilarious, such as the hunt for Bin Ladin in Falun and his road trip on the Karakoram Highway which connects China and Pakistan. He also describes being taken prisoner in Zimbabwe, where they put classified documents in the outdoor toilet to avoid suspicion.
Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain is a great movie and one of the most romantic Paris movie ever made. Unfortunately the authors Anna-Lena Brundin and Katrin Jakobsen pun the successful movie without any particular reason.
This is the classic eye-witness account by Jon Krakauer of the tragedy that unfolded on the slopes of Mount Everest in 1996. I read it about ten years ago and recently got inspired by an adventuring friend to re-read it.
Elliott Hester sold everything he owned in 2002 and has been travelling around the world ever since. This book tells the tale of his first year on the road, spanning six continents and a countless number of weird encounters.
Ryszard Kapuscinski passed away some years ago but his legacy stays with us. He is perhaps better known for The Soccer War, an account of tensions in Central America. It is also a good read but in my opinion not as inspiring for travelling as Imperium.
I have been subscribing to Swedish travel magazine Vagabond for more than a decade and Johan Tell used to be one of my favorite regular writers. He often wrote in a funny way, describing hilarious issues on the road. I met him once but was disappointed since he was quite different in real life. In fact, I wouldn’t have guessed he was the same person as the author in a million years. But the writing is however quite entertaining.
Shantaram was one of the most hyped books a few years back. It tells the tale of former bank robber Gregory David Roberts, who escapes from a high-security prison in Australia. After a while he arrives in Mumbai and fall in love with the city. The whopping 900 pages initially describes his early encounters with the locals at infamous bar Leopold and how he fall in love with a mysterious woman at first sight.
Per Hagman is probably best known for his debut book Cigarett from 1991 where he managed to achieve some sort of cult status among many people. This book tells the tale of a young man trying to find his place in a world full of hangovers, decadence and broken dreams.
This book by Imogen Edwards-Jones tells the tale of a character who works on a big airline. It actually feels like a collection of anecdotes tied together by something vaguely resembling a storyline. For instance, we get ironic puns about how to get Semtex bombs aboard, details about the irritating boy band who sneaks away with the hosties in first class and how rude people gets tagged at check-in and later served food spiced with laxative.