Recommended reads for armchair travellers

If you like reading travel memoirs, here are some recommendations! I am definitely an ‘armchair traveller’ as I don’t travel much but enjoy reading about different places.

The End of the Road by Jack Cooke is a quirky adventure around Britain in a hearse, visiting unusual people, both living and dead.

Step by Step and Journeys to Impossible Places by Simon Reeve are great reads with a mix of memoir, adventure and journalism. His earlier book Tropic of Capricorn is also a good read.

The Lost Pianos of Siberia by Sophy Roberts is an amazing and powerful journey around Siberia searching for pianos.

Seashaken Houses by Tom Nancollas is an interesting and atmospheric history of the rock lighthouses of Britain and Ireland.

The Land Where Lemons Grow by Helena Attlee is a citrus-obsessed journey around Italy.

Ghostland by Edward Parnell is a haunting literary trip around the British Isles.

Visit Sunny Chernobyl by Andrew Blackwell describes some jolly holidays to the world’s most polluted places.

Not Cool: Europe by Train in a Heatwave by Jules Brown is a madcap adventure inspired by Interrailing.

High and Dry in the BVI by Lally Brown is an amusing memoir of living in the exotic British Virgin Islands.

Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane is an extraordinary though wordy exploration of underground locations.

Don’t Need the Sunshine by John Osborne is a nostalgic celebration of British seaside towns.

I would also recommend Michael Palin’s and Bill Bryson’s travel books, although I haven’t reviewed any on the blog.

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