The New Granta Book Of Travel by Liz JobeyThe New Granta Book Of Travel by Liz Jobey

The New Granta Book Of Travel

byLiz Jobey

Paperback | November 1, 2012

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Granta has long been known for the quality of its travel writing. The 1980s were the culmination of a golden age, when writers including Paul Theroux and Bruce Chatwin, James Hamilton-Paterson and James Fenton set out to document life in largely unfamiliar territory, bringing back tales of the beautiful, the extraordinary and the unexpected. By the mid 1990s, travel writing seemed to change, as a younger generation of writers that appeared in the magazine made journeys for more complex and often personal reasons. Decca Aitkenhead reported on sex tourism in Thailand, and Wendell Steavenson moved to Iraq as foreign correspondent. What all these pieces have in common is a sense of engagement with the places they describe, and a belief that whether we are in Birmingham or Belarus, there is always something new to be discovered.
JONATHAN RABAN'S writing has won many prizes including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Heinemann Award, and the Thomas Cook Award. He is the author, most recently, of Driving Home: An American Scrapbook (2010). He lives in Seattle.
Title:The New Granta Book Of TravelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.82 × 7.42 × 1.14 inPublished:November 1, 2012Publisher:Granta PublicationsLanguage:English

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Read from the Book

MISSISSIPPI WATER by Jonathan Raban Flying to Minneapolis from the West, you see it as a theological problem. The great flat farms of Minnesota are laid out in a ruled grid, as empty of surprises as a sheet of graph paper. Every gravelled path, every ditch has been projected along the latitude and longitude lines of the township-and-range-survey system. The farms are square, the fields are square, the houses are square; if you could pluck their roofs off from over people’s heads, you’d see families sitting at square tables in the dead centre of square rooms. Nature has been stripped, shaven, drilled, punished and repressed in this right-angled, right-thinking Lutheran country. It makes you ache for the sight of a rebellious curve or the irregular, dappled colour of a field where a careless farmer has allowed corn and soybeans to cohabit. But there are no careless farmers on this flight path. The landscape is open to your inspection – as to God’s – as an enormous advertisement for the awful rectitude of the people. There are no funny goings-on down here, it says; we are plain upright folk, fit candidates for heaven. Then the river enters the picture – a broad serpentine shadow that sprawls unconformably across the checkerboard. Deviously winding, riddled with black sloughs and green cigar-shaped islands, the Mississippi looks as if it had been put here to teach the god-fearing Midwest a lesson about stubborn and unregenerate nature. Like John Calvin’s bad temper, it presents itself as the wild beast in the heart of the heartland.  

Table of Contents

Introduction by Jonathan Raban
Arrival by Albino Ochero-Okello
Congo Dinosaur by Redmond O'Hanlon
The Road to Ouidah by Bruce Chatwin
Mississippi Water by Jonathan Raban
The Life and Death of a Homosexual by Pierre Clastres
How It Ends by Andrew O'Hagan
Siberia by Colin Thubron
Serampur by Ian Jack
Going Abroad by W.G. Sebald
The Lazy River by Ryszard Kapuscinski
Lovely Girls, Very Cheap by Decca Aitkenhead
Dervishes by Rory Stewart
Trespassing by Paul Theroux
When I Was Lost by James Hamilton-Paterson
Captain Scott's Biscuit by Thomas Keneally
This is Centerville by James Buchan
Osama's War by Wendell Steavenson
Airds Moss by Kathleen Jamie
Sri Lanka: December 28, 2004 by John Borneman
Nightwalking by Robert Macfarlane
The Paris Intifada by Andrew Hussey
Kashmir's Forever War by Basharat Peer
Arctic by Lavinia Greenlaw

Editorial Reviews

Jonathan Raban's introduction is an overture, weaving themes while underscoring the common elements in many of the collection's 23 pieces ... The New Granta Book of Travel a lethal companion to take to the bedside. You'd never sleep -  Scotsman This inspiring anthology celebrates the genre's literary aspirations, as well as reminding us of the myriad ways in which exploring difference, even for armchair travellers, broadens minds -  Independent on Sunday Lavinia Greenlaw conjures haunting poetry in her piece on the snowbound immensity of the Arctic Circle. John Borneman, an American caught up in the Sri Lanka tsunami over Christmas 2004, gives a knuckle-whitening account of the disaster and its aftermath ... suitable armchair escapism for the New Year -  Ian Thomson, Spectator Jobey's judicious selection includes many pieces by newer writers such as Decca Aitkenhead and Kathleen Jamie -  Giles Foden, Conde Nast Traveller A hefty collection taken from the last 14 years of Granta magazine, featuring a selection of travel literature's greats, including Colin Thubron, Paul Theroux, Bruce Chatwin and Jonathan Raban -  Traveller A collection of short stories by a select band of acclaimed writers, turns the excitement in taking a vacation 180 degrees, and holds a mirror up to a world of fear and violence, escape and disaster, and sex and desire -  Edinburgh Evening News Collecting the best of the magazine's travel writings from the last 20 years, this is steely eyed, post safari shorts travel writing - and with a forward row boasting the likes of Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux and Colin Thubron, you know you're getting some heavy lifters ... As greatest hits packages go, this is all killer, no filler -  Tom Hawker, Wanderlust