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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (19 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184668496X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846684968
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you have the slightest curiosity about the world beyond your living room, then this is a collection to die for. What could be a better way to raise funds for Oxfam than to collect these nuggets of worldly wisdom from a galaxy of the very best travel writers. It's impossible to read their contributions without wanting to go and get the rucksack out. (Michael Palin)

Captivating... a collection that is filled with memorable brilliance. (Peter Feely Real Travel 2011-04-01)

Inspiring (John Lewis Edition 2011-05-31)

A colourful suitcase of stories... will whip up your wanderlust. (Sainsbury's Magazine 2011-06-01)

A rare congregation of talent (Lonely Planet 2011-06-01)

This is a collection of sharp tales which take you straight to the point of a place...reading OxTravels is like landing somewhere you haven't been for a while and remembering how much you love the place... a reminder of how much I love travelling safely on the back of someone else's intimate words.... riveting... they leave you moved, long after you've stopped travelling (Sarah Barrell Independent on Sunday 2011-05-22)

Engaging (Sunday Times 2011-05-22)

This book proves that the form (travel writing) can still glow with life. Here is the heart of it, the ability of great travel writers to find magic in the most trying of trips... This book is a small empire of joy... a diamond...

By focusing on encounters, Ox Travels has reinvigorated the form... a serious collection.

(Ruaridh Nicoll Observer 2011-06-05)

These piece capture a character, culture or country with the rough flourish of a charcoal sketch... you can happily feel you're getting something worthwhile in return for your coins. OxTravels is easily digestible, not quickly forgotten. (Tom Hawker Wanderlust 2011-06-30)

An ideal holiday companion (Tom Robbins FT 2011-07-02)

Lie back with a chilled glass of wine and enjoy this page-turner of chance meetings in bustling airports, ambushes in the Amazon and penguins in the Antarctic. (Caroline Jowett Sunday Express 2011-08-21)

This is a rare collection in which the reader eagerly moves from one outstanding piece of writing to the next. (The Age, Australia 2011-09-03)

The result is stories as varied as birds in the Amazon jungle, as colourful as an Indian bazaar, as memorable as a Himalayan sunset. (The Dominion Post, NZ 2011-09-07)

Richly rewarding in content (Country Life 2011-12-14)

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OxTravels is a collection of travel writing, which will act as a focus for the Oxfam Bookfest in 2011 donated by world class travel writers. Proceeds will be given to Oxfam.

Now a Radio 4 Book of the Week starting on the 30th May.


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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M. Ellingham on 19 May 2011
Format: Paperback
You have to go back to the 1980s and Granta's bestselling travel issue to find a book that compares to OxTravels. Introduced by Michael Palin, OxTravels features original stories from twenty-five top travel writers, including Michael Palin, Paul Theroux, Sara Wheeler, William Dalrymple, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Lloyd Jones, Rory Stewart, Jan Morris, Dervla Murphy, Rory MacLean, and others. Each of the stories takes as its theme a meeting - life-changing, affecting, amusing by turn - and together they transport readers into a brilliant, vivid atlas of encounters. This extraordinary collection is published in aid of Oxfam and all royalties from the book will support Oxfam's work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tk Childs on 7 Jun. 2011
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This is an amazing collection of travel stories. I must confess that I don't usually read travel, so it's opened my eyes to some great writers, as well as taking me to places I hadn't expected to go. It's all in here - Africa, the Americas (North and South), Europe, Asia, and even Antarctica! The range of the stories is huge, not just geographically. From Nicholas Shakespear's moving piece on slavery to Sara Wheeler lovely story of a love affair, there's stories here that will make you laugh and others that will break your heart. An absolute joy to read from start to finish. Thoroughly recommended, whether you read on planes, trains, on the beach, or tucked up in bed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ridout on 8 Jun. 2011
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This is a travel book you can gobble up in a couple of sittings or dip in and out of at your leisure. There's an amazing mix of encounters with people from such a range of perspectives and voices. I loved the tale of meeting the miners in Zimbabwe -- a great example of how we can all get caught up in risky situations in a few steps when in a strange place. Palin sums it up perfectly in his foreword: "It ranges right across the world and will hopefully restore your faith in the human race." Well done Oxfam!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Closet poet on 1 Jun. 2011
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Inspiring book of travel tales by some fantastic writers, it transported me to so many other worlds. Highly recommend to anyone who likes adventure, travel, short stories & Michael Palin of course! A great read for holidays, long plane or train journeys.
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I'm enjoying these stories as bedtime reads. Not normally an avid reader of short pieces (other than in the papers), it's been a pleasant change.

One of the surprises has been that I enjoyed some chapters more than I expected to: Victoria Hislop's for instance, looked unpromising given that she hadn't gone to the most obvious sources to research "The Island" (her travel piece describes her encounters with a Spinalonga leprosy victim, the subject of her bestseller). Tricky. But it was quite nicely done and she appeared to have built up a genuine relationship with the man, not to mention going to the trouble of learning Greek. So, hats off after all, Victoria.

Others, by contrast, didn't live up to my expectations. It would be churlish to go through those perhaps.

But it's all in aid of Oxfam, innit, so I've thrown in an extra star for that, and I'd say this would be a good present for anyone when you don't know what to get for their birthday. Even if they don't like to travel, there's always the armchair version. And for people who do travel, it's a no-brainer. They will enjoy it.
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By Michael Ward VINE VOICE on 24 Dec. 2011
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Wonderful. Masterpiece. Exemplory. I am running out of superlatives. This was so much better than I was expecting. Not just travel writing but tales about people who are special in amazing places, or who have lead extraordinary lives. Thank you and can we have more please
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Taking a whole host of travel writers' pieces about places from Soviet bloc Poland to Antarctica, to Greece and an interesting commentary on Somalian poetry among others this collection is diverse, interesting and often moving too. i would say buy it
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