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A traveller's year

It's the same sort of thing that people do when you give them a new pen to try. They write their name. With a book like this, almost certainly the first date you will turn to is your birthday. What did someone write for MY day? Most people just have to find out.

For lovers of travel writing, there will be a second step in which they flip to the back and read the list of contributors. And what a roll-call of expertise and talent that is! Louisaa May Alcott, Dickens, Mary Shelley, Thomas Arnold and so many more, have been pressed into service to create, as the compilers say 'a book that invites the reader to head off on fresh excursions each and every day of the year'.

Go on, you know you want to. Check out the listing for your special day. Mine? Well, quite appropriately, it has something about food.

A Traveller's Year, by Travis Elborough & Nick Rennison, published by Murdoch Books, 2016, paperback, rrp A$35.

- reviewed by Sally Hammond


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