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Nine of the Best Travel Books

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Travel has inspired some of the greatest novels of all time. Here are just some of our favourites. 2016-03-03-1456992260-8678430-iStock_000069397525_XXXLarge.jpg © Provided by The Huffington Post 2016-03-03-1456992260-8678430-iStock_000069397525_XXXLarge.jpg

The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski 2016-03-03-1456993711-6010580-TheShadowoftheSun.jpg © Provided by The Huffington Post 2016-03-03-1456993711-6010580-TheShadowoftheSun.jpg
Kapuscinski was a foreign correspondent in Africa for close to 30 years. The Shadow of the Sun records the end of colonial rule throughout the continent, from Nigeria to Rwanda. During his time in Africa, Kapuscinski immersed himself in the places he visited, living in slums, wrestling snakes and surviving malaria. A fascinating and unique novel, full of vivid description and astute observations, The Shadow of the Sun offers an insight to various groups of people, cultures and politics around the African continent.

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell 2016-03-03-1456993744-192380-HomagetoCatalonia.jpg © Provided by The Huffington Post 2016-03-03-1456993744-192380-HomagetoCatalonia.jpg
Published in 1938, Orwell's account of Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War - in which he fought until a bullet through the throat sent him back home to Britain - is unforgettable. His writing is both political and autobiographical, as well as being tragically prophetic: upon reaching England, Orwell wrote that the country seemed to be 'sleeping' through the growing tension in Europe and he feared 'we shall never wake till we are jerked out of it by the roar of bombs'.

Jupiter's Travels by Ted Simon 2016-03-03-1456994423-1756669-TedSimonauthorofJupitersTravels.jpg © Provided by The Huffington Post 2016-03-03-1456994423-1756669-TedSimonauthorofJupitersTravels.jpg
Simon took four years to cover 45 countries on the back of his Triumph Tiger motorbike. Starting in Africa in 1973, Simon travelled from Tunis to Cape Town before heading over to South America, around Australia, and then up to Asia reaching Europe via India, Afghanistan and the Middle East.

A Passage to India by E. M. Forster 2016-03-03-1456995329-5348020-PassagetoIndia.jpg © Provided by The Huffington Post 2016-03-03-1456995329-5348020-PassagetoIndia.jpg
The relationship between India and the British in the early 1910s is expertly depicted in A Passage to India, which explores the friendship between the Indian Dr. Aziz and the British Cyril Fielding. Forster is scathing of colonialism, though, as a modernist work, the novel examines humankind in a wider sense, too. His writing is highly observational, largely based on his own travels throughout the country.


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