The Times’ 20 Best Travel Books of the Past Century

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  09.21.09 | 5:17 PM ET

The venerable London daily has an excellent roundup, with plenty of attention to some lesser-known (these days) names from several decades past. Wilfred Thesiger, Freya Stark, Apsley Cherry-Garrard, Paul Theroux and Jonathan Raban hold down the top five slots. As a bonus, each entry includes links to the original Times reviews, interviews, excerpts and other archived material.

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

3 Comments for The Times’ 20 Best Travel Books of the Past Century

Book it now 09.22.09 | 2:54 AM ET

Eva, thanks for the link to the London Daily

Cheap Plane Tickets 09.25.09 | 3:43 AM ET

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Jorrit Jorritsma 10.05.09 | 10:00 AM ET

A great list, and so right that “The Worst Journey in the World” is up there at No.2.  But I’m gutted that my favourite travel book of all time, “Songlines” by Bruce Chatwin, doesn’t even make the list.  This part-travelogue, part-confessional, part spiritual meditation is one of the pearls of travel writing and offers a unique window into the mystery of Australia.

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