Magazine article Geographical

Top 10 Writer's Reads

Magazine article Geographical

Top 10 Writer's Reads

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1. Chronicle of the Guayaki Indians by Pierre Clastres (Faber and Faber, 9.99 [pounds sterling]) A sympathetic and intelligent depiction of a forest people; a superb counterbalance to the anthro trash currently so popular on TV

2. The Marsh Arabs by Wilfred Thesiger (Penguin, 7.25 [pounds sterling]) It's often overshadowed by Arabian Sands, but I prefer this other poignant classic

3. The Farthest North by Fridtjof Nansen (Gibson Square Books, 7.19 [pounds sterling]) The great tale of how the Norseman my polar hero deliberately lodged the Fram in the Arctic ice in an attempt to reach the North Pole. He was one of the first Europeans to understand the importance of humility in the high latitudes

4. Almost Like A Whale by Steve Jones (Anchor, 8.99 [pounds sterling]) I love Jones's audacity: the subtitle is 'The Origin of Species Updated'! A gorgeous romp through modern evolutionary theory

5. Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow (Penguin, 7.19 [pounds sterling]) The misguided hero tries to find a home in Africa and causes destruction along the way. Witty, tragic, glorious--and by my favourite author

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