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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 5 edition (17 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405389796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405389792
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For as long as I can remember, I've been a writer. Fortunately, not much of my early stuff survives.

I grew up in suburban south London. A family holiday to Jerusalem in 1980, when I was 11, was my first trip outside the UK. Even today, the smell of cumin takes me straight back there. That was also my first time in the desert - I remember standing on a lonely road, feeling the hottest sun I'd ever felt, seeing the longest views I'd ever seen.

Since then, I've lived and worked in Amman, Cairo, Jerusalem and elsewhere, learnt some Arabic and Hebrew, and travelled widely, over twenty years or more, through most of the Middle East.

I'm the author of the Rough Guides to Jordan, Switzerland, the Italian Lakes and - closer to home - the Cotswolds. I also contribute regularly to the national newspapers, as well as magazines from Wanderlust to BBC Wildlife. My website matthewteller.com has more.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By NYC2DUS on 7 Mar 2013
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This is a compassionately written guide about a beautiful country. It gives a good overview, but has also very detailed information if and when you want to know it all. A good example is the fresco by fresco description for Qusayr Amra, one of the desert castles. On a recent trip we had both, the Lonely Planet and the Rough Guide. The Rough Guide was a lot more helpful. One of the most significant differences were the great maps of the Rough Guide, where Lonely Planet provides merely sketches. In a country where good maps are difficult to get by this became a very important part of the guide book for us.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By EcoNabs on 8 April 2013
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As someone who has been working in the tourism sector in Jordan for a few years now, this 2013 edition of the Rough Guide is by far the best and most comprehensive guide book on Jordan out there. It contains updated detailed information on the country and what to do both for mainstream tourists and those who want an off the beaten track experience. Matthew Teller is telling it from the angle of someone who seems to be in constant contact with Jordan and what is going on in the country. The photos, maps, recommendations, structure and up to date detail that the book contains are outstanding. I own both the kindle and print versions. Both are great.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. P. Borley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Feb 2013
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I had read through the previous 'Rough Guide to Jordan' several times in preparation for my trip. It was just okay, not good enough to be the one book that I take with me; this new version however will be. It is superior in many ways, it's written better, more user-friendly, well put together, more informative, and lighter and smaller than the previous version (obviously this is not applicable to readers buying the Kindle version). I will update my review following my trip in a few weeks time but my feeling at the moment is that this is an excellent choice for a travel companion to Jordan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lowfields on 27 Mar 2013
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Having travelled regularly to Jordan both as a tourist and a journalist, Matthew Teller's Rough Guide has been a constant - and constantly credible - companion for the better part of a decade. Moving well beyond a bullet-pointed encapsulation of the principle attractions or historic sites, the book offers unparalleled insight into the often complex social, political and cultural currents that course though the modern country. As this latest edition underlines, Matthew is an empathetic and deeply knowledgeable guide to a country that merits repeated exploration. It is, quite simply, the best book on the country available.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tteearu on 15 Mar 2013
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I found it great bedtime reading - it's got lots of hints and tips if you're going to Jordan - it made me want to go even more, despite the fact that I'm coffee-hater....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phileas_Flogg on 19 Dec 2013
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Great book, stuffed full of all the practical info you need to make informed decisions. There was very little we were told by guides we had at Gerash and Petra that weren't in this book. In a number of respects, significantly better than the Lonely Planet counterpart, which in this case is actually a compliment. Good maps, too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vicky on 9 Nov 2013
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Was very well thumbed during our recent trip! Was used much more than the lonely planet book we also had
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Crowther on 15 Aug 2013
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Spent a week in Jordan based around much of this book. The level of detail inside meant that we found no need for local guides and therefore gained real flexibility in our self-drive visit. The information is current, coherent and concise - even the prices were up to date.
Generally I'd like Rough Guides to include more pictures (a bit like DK) but ultimately its the content that counts and this is one of their best, clearly written by someone with a real knowledge and affection for both the country and its people.
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