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Off the Beaten Track: Three Centuries of Women Travellers Hardcover – 7 Jul 2004

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: National Portrait Gallery Publications; 1st edition (7 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185514526X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855145269
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 921,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Off the Beaten Track takes us on an exhilarating journey through three centuries of travel, in the company of such women voyagers as Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Vita Sackville-West, Isabella Bird and Freya Stark. Not only did women from Britain travel to the Americas, Russia and Turkey, Arabia and the Middle East, Africa and South-east Asia but women from all corners of the globe also visited Britain. This book records their experiences - where they went, what they looked like, how they evoked other lands and cultures in words and images, and what they brought back with them. The common link between these women travellers is that their lives are celebrated in the National Portrait Gallery collections. While they all travelled for different reasons, collectively they illuminate Britain's relationship with other cultures and challenge assumptions about women's achievements.

About the Author

Dea Birkett is a distinguished broadcaster and writer. Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, she has also been shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. She is author of several books including Mary Kingsley and Serpent in Paradise, as well as being the co-editor of the best-selling Amazonian: The Penguin Book of Women's New Travel Writing. Jan Morris's many books include works of history, travel, biography and fiction, and she has travelled herself in many parts of the world during a half-century's literary career.

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