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A Writer's World: Travels 1950-2000 [Kindle Edition]

Jan Morris
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In a wonderfully evocative collection of her travel writing and reportage from over five decades, Jan Morris - a constant traveller - has produced a unique portrait of the twentieth century. Ranging from New York to Venice, Sydney to Berlin, and the Middle East to South Africa, Jan Morris was a witness to such seminal moments as the Eichmann trial, the first ascent of Everest, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the handover of Hong Kong.

Offering a tremendously perceptive and highly personal view of the world, she is as much concerned with conveying the 'feel' of these moments as the events themselves. And, as ever, she displays her unique and inimitable literary style, at once funny, wise and sad.

Jan Morris's collection of travel writing and reportage spans over five decades and includes such titles as Venice, Coronation Everest, Hong Kong, Spain, Manhattan '45, A Writer's World and the Pax Britannica Trilogy. Hav, her novel, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

'A glorious compendium of adventure and wisdom' Pico Iyer

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'A matchless collection... Required reading.' Conde Nast Traveller; 'A five-star portrait of our planet.' Daily Express; 'A reminder of just how entertaining, how informative and how thought-provoking a restless, inquisitive, experienced writer can be.' Sunday Times

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In A Writer's World, award-winning Jan Morris takes us through a remarkable collection of her travels - from New York to Venice, the first ascent of Everest to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1402 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Non Fiction; New Ed edition (17 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004PVUP4G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #235,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A retrospective on a long and distinguished career 27 Sept. 2006
Jan (formerly James) Morris is a writer mainly about places. This is a book that takes selections of her writings from the five decades from the 1950s to the 1990s. Although it's a book mainly about places there is also some reportage from a long, exciting and courageous life. The first selection is from her book Coronation Everest and provides some details of her adventures with Sir James Hunt's Everest expedition in 1953 when Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzig Norkay became the first people to successfully climb the summit. This is seen as an imperial adventure and it is apt that the final extract is about the effective end of an empire with a piece about the British handover of Hong Kong to the Chinese government in 1997. The book contains little that hasn't already appeared elsewhere but there are new reflections at the start and finish of the book and also at the start and finish of most extracts which put them into an historical context. The book caused a little controversy on its release as it appeared after Jan's book Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere which she had declared to be her final book. However, as A Writer's World is meant to be a retrospective Jan's publishers have argued that it does not breach her own self imposed no more books rule. To Jan's devoted fans such as myself any new writing by her is most welcome and to hell with any rules! In addition, to the first successful ascent of Everest other events described include a trial in apartheid South Africa in the 1950s, as well as the Eichmann and the Gary Powers trials. There's also an extract from Conundrum her autobiographical book on her change of sexual role in the 1970s. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 11 Mar. 2011
I was given this book before I set off on my travels. I read parts before I left and despite the limitations of space in my rucksack, decided to take it with me, as Morris had written about many of the places I planned to visit on my own journey. I read many books whilst I was away, exchanging each one for my next read. However, I refused to swap A Writer's World and it returned with me. Although the book covers many decades, it is still of the utmost relevance. Morris effortlessly draws the reader into each piece and the descriptions and sense of place conveyed are peerless. I will read it again and again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 5 Jan. 2015
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An interesting read, many of the stories have been read by me before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 Dec. 2014
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Glorious exploration of the planet from one of our finest ever writers.
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