The Mountain Shadow: book review

The Mountain Shadow Book Cover

The Mountain Shadow is the sequel to the epic Shantaram by David Gregory Roberts The Mountain Shadow: is a book I was looking forward to read for many years. If you’ve read my review for Shantaram then you’ll know I felt it was one of the best travel books I’ve ever come across. By proxy …

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Thamel: Dark Star of Kathmandu book review

Thamel - Dark Star of Kathmandu book cover

A book about one of Kathmandu’s most famous destinations Thamel: Dark Star of Kathmandu is not a travel book as such. It’s more a part memoir part narrative of memories from people who have lived in and experienced this iconic location over the years. Written by Rabi Thapa, from Kathmandu, it’s an insightful, thought provoking and well …

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Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest by Mark Horrell: book review

Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest Cover

A hillwalkers ten year journey to climb Mount Everest There’s something wonderfully apt about reading a book largely based around the country you’re currently traveling in. Likewise there’s something addictive about the pinnacle of mountaineering that is the summit of Mount Everest. Who hasn’t thought about climbing Everest at least once in their lives? I’ve known Mark …

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Has Lonely Planet lost its way? Or found a new path? (Updated 2018)

Lonely Planet Thorn Tree

Not so recent changes at Lonely Planet have made my world a little smaller It’s been a while since I had a good rant. And in writing this I had every intention to rant. But I am struggling to do so. The best I can do is feel a little sad at the slow passing …

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Book review: Shantaram – one of the most enjoyable travel books I’ve read

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Shantaram the travel book review that mirrored real life I first read Shantaram way back in 2007 and even did a small review of the book on my travel related books, DVD’s and guides review page. Of all the books I’ve read in my near 8 year no-return journey this book made the most impact. …

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Slow Journey South: Walking to Africa by Paula Constant: book review

Slow Journey South by Paula Constant

One woman’s dream to walk across the Sahara The very first thing I have to write about this book is that it’s the first of two/three books – as the journey is not over yet. I got this book from someone else who didn’t know this and was disappointed after reading it. The biggest disappointment was that there’s no desert …

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