Magazine article Geographical

Top 10 Writer's Reads

Magazine article Geographical

Top 10 Writer's Reads

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Nicholas Jolly is a writer and painter. Under the guise of his alter ago, Vic Darkwood, he co-founded The Chap magazine and has co-written several books, including The Chap Manifesto and Around the World in Eighty Martinis. His first solo volume, The Lost Art of Travel, is out now

1. The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton (Constable and Robinson, 7.99 [pounds sterling]) A comedy of desperation. A neglected classic from a neglected novelist.

2. The Happy Traveller: A Book for Poor Men by Rev Frank Tatchell (Out of print)

An eccentric but, ultimately, wise handbook for the youngster preparing to go abroad for the first time

3. Against Nature by Jolts-Karl Huysmans (Penguin, 8.99 [pounds sterling])

Synaesthetic experimentation of disturbingly Gallic hue. Enjoyable to the point of voluptuary

4. The Traveller's Oracle by William Kitchiner (Out of print)

A volume that hails from a time when having no truck with Johnny Foreigner was regarded as perfectly reasonable behaviour

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