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“I read;  I become;  I travel” – Derek Walcott

For those of you who love travel and literature, here are some recommendations of books **  that I have really enjoyed reading recently:



Amy Tan: Saving fish from Drowning

“On an ill-fated art expedition of the Southern Shan State in Burma, eleven Americans leave their Floating Island Resort for a Christmas’ morning tour – and disappear.” This is really a fun novel and – a book that it is “easy to read and hard to forget“- Newsweek.  A great book for those of you interested in travelling to Burma /Myanmar.




Zadie Smith: NW London

Zadie Smith’s latest novel has been highly praised and received many awards  (National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, one of the “New York Times” Ten Best Books of the Year, a Best Book of the Year for the “Wall Street Journal”…).  “NW” is north-west London, and is a brilliant and tragicomic book about 4 Londoners and their city. The Guardian has published an extensive and interesting review about this great novel.



J.M. Coetzee: Disgrace

Published in 1999, Disgrace won the Booker Prize, and J. M. Coetzee was also awarded the Nobel Prize just four years after its publication.  Disgrace is an excellent novel about Cape Town in post-apartheid. A must-read for any traveler interested in South Africa!




V.S. Naipaul: An area of Darkness. His discovery of India

This book is considered a classic of modern travel writing and probably one of the most passionate books ever written about India. Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul’s discovery of India is a “profound reckoning with his ancestral homeland and an extraordinarily perceptive chronicle of his first encounter with India“.




Murakami: Norwegian Wood

You know I have a big passion for Japanese literature, and Murakami is one of my favourite authors.  Norwegian Wood is the story told by an adult looking back on his time at Tokyo University (1969-1970). A dark, realistic and complex novel about Tokyo!



** Please remember this section is for parents. For recommendations of travel books for children please visit WorldKids- Inspiration.

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