Magazine article Geographical

Top Ten Writer's Reads

Magazine article Geographical

Top Ten Writer's Reads

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Beau Riffenburgh is a historian and writer who specialises in polar exploration. After earning his PhD at the University of Cambridge, he edited the Polar Record for 14 years. His latest book, Polar Exploration, is out now

1. FOREIGN DEVILS ON THE SILK ROAD by Peter Hopkirk (JOHN MURRAY, 9.99[pounds sterling]) I don't know of anyone who has ever written more enjoyable accounts of travel and exploration

2. STANLEY: THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE OF AFRICA'S GREATEST EXPLORER by Tim Jeal (FABER AND FABER, 9.99 [pounds sterling]) More than 30 years after his unrivalled biography of Livingstone, Jeal produced a worthy counterpart about Stanley

3. ENCYLOPEDIA OF EXPLORATION TO 1800 by Raymond John Howgego (HORDERN HOUSE, AU$295) The first of four volumes of what is the most significant overview of exploration ever produced

4. THE WHITE NILE by Alan Moorehead (OUT OF PRINT) The tour de force of a mar] who was unsurpassed both as a teller of tales and for his masterful use of English

5. BLOOD AND MONEY by Thomas Thompson (OUT OF PRINT) Greed, violence, obsession, revenge and murder: one of the first 'true crime' stories about life and death in Texas

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