Magazine article Geographical

Top Ten Writer's Reads

Magazine article Geographical

Top Ten Writer's Reads

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1. HUCKLEBERRY FINN by Mark Twain (PENGUIN CLASSICS, 2.50[pounds sterling])

The first book I remember reading--my grandfather's well-used copy, which I still possess

2. VILLETTE by Charlotte Bronte (PENGUIN CLASSICS, 7.99[pounds sterling])

For a time, I was romantically in thrall to Charlotte Brontes tear-jerker

3. TRAVELS IN ARABIA DESERTA by Charles Doughty

(Abridged version, IBTAURIS, 14.99[pounds sterling]) Not only one of the greatest of all travel books, but an eccentrically lyrical masterpiece, too

4. EOTHEN by Alexander Kinglake (DODO PRESS, 9.99[pounds sterling])

I came early to the delights of Eothen; all I ask for in mid-Victorian Englishness

5. A TIME OF GIFTS by Patrick Leigh Fermor (JOHN MURRAY, 9.99[pounds sterling])

All I ask for in 20th-century Englishness is contained in A Time of Gifts

6. TRISTAM SHANDY by Laurence Sterne (WORDSWORTH CLASSICS, 1.99[pounds sterling])

Tristram Shandy was in my uncle Geraint's pocket when he was killed in France in 1917, and I have always loved it, too

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