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    By: Paul Theroux

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    A literary traveller's handbook from one of our finest travel writers

    Paul Theroux celebrates fifty years of wandering the globe by collecting the best writing on travel from the books that shaped him, as a reader and a traveller. Part philosophical guide, part miscellany, part reminiscence, The Tao of Travel enumerates 'The Contents of Some Travellers' Bags' and exposes 'Writers Who Wrote About Places They Never Visited'; tracks extreme journeys in 'Travel As An Ordeal' and highlights some of 'Travellers' Favourite Places'. Excerpts from the best of Theroux's own work are interspersed with selections from travellers both familiar and unexpected, including:

    Vladimir Nabokov
    Samuel Johnson
    Evelyn Waugh
    Charles Dickens
    Henry David Thoreau
    Mark Twain
    Bruce Chatwin
    Freya Stark
    Graham Greene
    Eudora Welty
    Isak Dineson
    James Baldwin
    Anton Chekhov
    Peter Matthiessen
    Ernest Hemingway
    and more.

    The Tao of Travel is a unique tribute to the pleasures and pains of travel in its golden age.

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