Magazine article Geographical

Top 10 Writer's Reads

Magazine article Geographical

Top 10 Writer's Reads

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Felipe Fernandez-Armesto is Prince of Asturias professor in the Department of History, Tufts University, and visiting professor of global environmental history, Queen Mary, University of London. The editor of the Times Atlas of World Exploration, he is also the author of several books on global history and exploration

1. Noddy and the Tootles by Enid Blyton (Noddy Books, 1.68 [pounds sterling])

The critics have missed Noddy's complexity. This book made me a young liberal

2. Pages glorieuses de l'armee francaise by Anonymous (Out of print)

My oldest possession, this is a crudely colourful book I had when I started school in England. it was such a comfort to know that there were battles the English hadn't won

3. Stiff Upper Lip by Lawrence Durrell (Out of print)

My mother's idea of bedtime stories for a small child and my discovery of comic writing

4. Melincourt by Thomas Love Peacock (Out of print)

A toss-up between this, The Hound of the Baskervilles, PG Wodehouse's The Mating Season and Betjeman's CollectedPoemsto representthe Englishness I came to love. Peacock has the edge because he also sparked my interest in primatology

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