‘I love travel books. Aside from my usual crime novels, they’re the only things I read. I am a bit fussy, though…’
Although I’m fond of travel books, I do like something with a sense of humour about it. Something dry and turgid just won’t do it for me. I just can’t persuade myself to read anything that doesn’t grab me. It probably means I’ve missed out on masses of titles that other travel enthusiasts have devoured. This is the first part of a list of the books in my library that I’ve pretty much read to death:
A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson
The Dark Tourist – Dom Joly
Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools – Victoria Twead
Finding Yourself in Seville – Steve Carter
Dave Gorman – Unchained America
Let me say for the record that my love for this book has nothing do to with the fact that Dave shares my maiden surname. That’s just a happy coincidence. I love it because it’s a brilliant tale of road tripping across America. I’ve done a fair bit of that myself and I can relate to the sights and sounds that are depicted throughout the book.
The object of the trip is to travel from coast to coast without giving any money to corporations. Dave must only deal with local, independent, businesses. This involves not buying gas, spending the night, or eating, in any chain owed premises. The results are fantastic and the book is full of hilarious stories, which are smartly conveyed to the reader.