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Unfortunately, there are no grand travel plans for me this season. I read The One Who Wrote Destiny Atlantic by Nikesh Shukla, a beautiful, brilliant modern classic, cover to cover on one long-haul flight — take tissues! Every character makes a perfect holiday companion. Go Went Gone Granta, translated by Susan Bernofsky by Jenny Erpenbeck, looking at the plight of asylum seekers as told through a retired university professor, I found very moving. I think the book is telling me to believe in myself, to think at a higher-than-average level, and to not get bogged down with petty things.

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Ideal holiday reading. My own summer holiday will be spent in Sweden doing research for a book. It made me laugh, think and cry. It did exactly what memoirs ought to do: made me want to rush straight back to her fiction. They publish so much clever, challenging and fascinating stuff. Corbin writes sparely, beautifully and with an exquisite fastidiousness about, well… something and nothing: quiet.

I intend to consume all three of the above, at home or on trains, in an atmosphere of gentle reverence. Another that had me in its grip, due to her insightful and direct voice, was Kudos Faber by Rachel Cusk. Cusk has a piercing intellect but demonstrates it through perspicacity, not by showing off on the page. I came to the graphic memoir Persepolis Pantheon by Marjane Satrapi via my year-old daughter. It is set in Iran around the Islamic revolution when the author is We accompany her through her gradual awakening to politics, love, oppression and the complexity of families — and her drawings are enchanting.

Ponti Picador by Sharlene Teo is a sultry, hilarious dissection of mother-daughter relationships, and the effect of time and teenagehood on friendships, against the backdrop of Singapore B-movies. It oozes confidence. Not so much about how to be a poet as how to be in a poem, or even be a poem, it also works as a great book about music.

The book gives you an insight into the intelligent, passionate woman that Angelou undoubtedly is. I have a really old library copy. As a Jamaican woman, that was really exciting. It follows three women: two sisters and their mum. The older sister is navigating sexuality and being a queer woman, the younger is battling identity, being a darker-skinned girl, bleaching.

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Both are wonderful in so many ways. I came away laden with books and have already finished three of them. Holidays may be about escapism, but this fly-on-the-wall unravelling of the election is car-crash exhilarating. Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi Oneworld is a great, big, roaring Ugandan epic that follows the trials and tribulations of the Kintu clan from the s to today. It is a glorious evocation of the rhythm and dynamism of an English woodland, connecting us to a much longer timeframe: a needed balance to the working, urban lives most of us have.

It is a book of our times, not least because it reminds us that current issues of gender, race and power have been being contested, here in incandescent and penetrating prose and poetry, since the s. I will be spending my summer break being very quiet indeed in the Kent countryside.

It maps a secret world, and made me want to live outdoors, at least for a summer. A new complete collection will be published later this month translated by Margaret Jull Costa and Robin Patterson. Visit guardianbookshop. What books are you reading this summer? From Pulitzer prize-winners to Penguin classics, poetry anthologies to the latest page-turners, here are the books to take to the beach this summer Illustrations by Leon Edler If you only read one book this summer … make it this one Part one: Hilary Mantel, Yuval Noah Harari, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and more share their summer reads.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Hot Countries by Alec Waugh. Hot Countries by Alec Waugh. With woodcuts by Lynd Ward. Hot Countries is more than a travel book. It is also an intriguing historical document, a record of the places portrayed and an impression of the attitudes of the time.

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Readers will find it an informative and pleasantly substantial narrative. Get A Copy. Published August 1st by Kessinger Publishing first published January 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions 9. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Hot Countries , please sign up.

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Sort order. Travel writing from the elder brother of Evelyn Waugh, covering a selection of his travels as a young man in , here republished unaltered except for the foreword in In the new foreword, the author states Travel in those years was pleasant, easy and cheap. Railways and steamship lines had recently made accessib Travel writing from the elder brother of Evelyn Waugh, covering a selection of his travels as a young man in , here republished unaltered except for the foreword in Railways and steamship lines had recently made accessible a number of out-of-the-way places that a few years earlier could only be reached with great difficulty and considerable financial cost, while the aeroplane had not yet brought them within range of the nine day vacationist.

There were no currency regulations then. There was no trouble with visas. Ships were not crowded. You could always get a cabin to yourself. The contemporary reader of the book may well imagine me to have been a wealthy person. Far from it. I had no private income and was earning with my pen under twelve hundred pounds a year.

To a fiction writer like myself who had no ties, who could carry his office with him, world travel offered not only glamour, romance, adventure, what you will, but a practical and economical solution of many problems of livelihood. I was lucky to have been born when I was.

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I had access to a great deal of fun during the years when I was most capable of enjoying it. Today, of course, that is all over. The world is divided into zones. There are currency regulations, visa problems, and a lack of transport. Passages can only be booked with great difficulty and journeys made with great discomfort. Every hotel in the world is overcrowded. It will be many years before free and light-hearted travel is possible again.

He goes on to say he had considered updating the text for this edition, but so much had changed in the intervening 20 years and that today in , in a world so different that we might be existing on another planet, I thought it better to offer Hot Countries to a new generation of reader frankly as a period piece, unaltered as I wrote it, a picture of a way of living that exists no longer. When I read the foreword, of which I reproduced over half, I imagined I would really enjoy this book.

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It really started a a five star book, then after Martinique, I think lost its way a little and devolved to a 3. Because of the bits I really enjoyed, I have stuck with 4 stars. Apr 15, Molly Mccombs rated it really liked it. This was a lovely birthday gift from a friend. The Lynd Ward woodcuts are fabulous and temper Alec Waugh's stiff upper lip: his attitudes towards the various "hot" countries he visited taught me almost as much about the British Empire and the British attitude towards race and colonization as Brendon's history of the British Empire in my "read" list.

Also gives one great pause when as of , Waugh declared that Tahiti had been ruined! The aspect of the book I found most interesting is that it This was a lovely birthday gift from a friend. The aspect of the book I found most interesting is that it should create nostalgia for a more elegant traveling time—but the author's racial politics completely negate any feelings of that sort and his attitudes towards women too.

And even tho' Tahiti was over some 85 years ago—think I'd rather visit now than then. So there you have it. View 2 comments.


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