My top 5 must have travel books, right now.

Lonely Planet's Best in Travel

My friend and fellow travel nut Laura recently told me about this little beauty: Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2013.  This fab special edition, released to celebrate Lonely Planet’s 40th anniversary, is packed with tons of recommendations for destinations, looks into travel trends for 2013 and showcases some incredible journeys.  Inspirational, and with photos to die for.  I want to do it all.

 Michael Palin's BrazilI love Michael Palin, and even if you didn’t catch his latest epic BBC series, Brazil, I think you’ll adore the book that accompanies the series.  Palin’s writing is very much like his presenting: full of warmth and humour.  A fascinating read.

Wolves in the Land of SalmonIf you were on the edge of your seat watching Liam Neeson in The Grey and, like me, think wolves are just the most incredible, powerful animals, you might like the next one up on my pile of ‘to read’ books by my bedside: Wolves in the Land of Salmon, by David Moskowitz.  Okay, not strictly a travel book, but Moskowitz’s adventure across British Columbia tracking these beautiful creatures promises to be an incredible read.

Fuchsia DunlopFuchsia Dunlop is one of my favourite food writers.  I’m really looking forward to reading her latest book: Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China.  Dunlop studied at a cooking school in China and vowed to eat anything and everything that was offered to her.  I can’t wait to dive into this book: I bet it’s an absolute blast.

CalcuttaLast on my list is Calcutta: Two Years in the City.  I’m desperate to visit India, and this looks incredible.  Amit Chaudhuri was born in Calcutta and this book documents his return (in 1999) and subsequent two years, as the name suggests.  Obviously as it’s not published yet I don’t know exactly what it’s like, but I’ve heard great things about Chaudhuri’s wonderfully moving and descriptive writing.  Out Feb 14th.


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