As a self-confessed fresh-air fiend, Paul Theroux has travelled much more widely than even his travel books suggest. In this extensive collection of his shorter travel-writings he writes of sweat shops in Dongguan, massage parlours in Kowloon, jellyfish in Palau and bomb craters on Christmas Island. He visits the King of the Lozis at a bend in the Zambezi River, and the Precious Stone Castle on the Yangtze. He explores the remote island of Palawan in the Philippines and camps in the snow in the woods of Maine. The nature of travel itself is also one of his subjects. The author writes about the past, of time travel; and about his own books and those of other travellers. In 'Fever Chart', he relates the illnesses and diseases he has suffered in half a lifetime of travel; in 'Tasting the Pacific' he recalls great and not-so-great meals; in 'Memory and Creation' he describes his journey to the age of fifty; and throughout this absorbing and inspiring book he writes of startling encounters and memorable scenes - fresh air in every sense.