Thursday 20 Dec, 2007

Greatest travel books

Looking for a last-minute holiday gift? Or maybe just a good read? How about a classic book? Gadling just reminded us of Condé Nast Traveler‘s list of The 86 Greatest Travel Books of All Time.

Compiled by a jury of 45 writers, the books aren’t ranked numerically; they’re only listed alphabetically—everything from Along the Ganges by Ilija Trojanow to Wrong About Japan by
Peter Carey. The list is historically comprehensive, spanning The Histories by Herodotus (circa 440 B.C.) to this year’s Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman’s Skiff by Rosemary Mahoney.


Our hero, Mark Twain, landed three books on the list: The Innocents Abroad, Life on the Mississippi and Roughing It. But, to our extreme disappointment, our namesake, Following the Equator, didn’t make the cut.

Also, be sure to check out some of the other links that Condé Nast Traveler offers: The New Classics, All Booked Up (a list of places and the books that changed or made their fortunes), The Nine Commandments of Travel Writing and Bookstores Worth a Trip.

Speaking of international bookstores, National Geographic Traveler‘s Intelligent Travel posted Rolf’s Very Subjective Guide to Bookstores, in which travel writer Rolf Potts ranks his 10 favorite bookstores. No. 1? Powell’s Books on Burnside in Portland, Oregon. The world-famous Shakespeare & Company in Paris came in second.

And, on the same topic, Globespotters just wrote about Moscow’s Bookstore Cafes.