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Travel by Cookbook: 8 of the Year’s Best

Posted on 17 December 2013

Reviewed by Bobbie Leigh Some books deserve to get gritty with spills and smudges of oil and parmesan cheese. But that is not the case with Colman Andrews’ new THE… Continue reading »

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West on Books: 5 Best Travel Books of 2013

Posted on 03 December 2013

By Richard West December finds us retro-riffling pages of the 35 or so travel narratives read during the year to choose the Fifth Annual EPTR Best Travel Books of 2013…. Continue reading »

West on Books: Ode To Lawrence Osborne

Posted on 08 October 2013

By Richard West The British novelist and travel writer, Lawrence Osborne, writes in The Naked Tourist, “Few writers have a real voice, and when one does, the effect is nothing… Continue reading »

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West on Books: Paul Theroux’s African Valediction

Posted on 07 May 2013

Reviewed by Richard West “Perils he sought not, but ne’er shrank to meet:   The scene was savage, but the scene was new;   This made the ceaseless toil of… Continue reading »

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West on Books: Colombia Rediscovered

Posted on 15 April 2013

Reviewed by Richard West Perhaps you’ve noticed the recent spate of travel articles on Colombia, hitherto a pariah country of ab ovo civil war and bad Karmageddon-esque drug creation, using,… Continue reading »

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West on Books: 5 Best Travel Books of 2012

Posted on 11 December 2012

Reviewed by Richard West Employing retrospective clairvoyance, i.e. Monday-morning quarterbacking, we find that, with the exception of our number one walkaway hit,  this year’s nonfiction travel narratives have not been… Continue reading »

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West on Books: “Hidden Gardens of Paris”

Posted on 04 December 2012

By Richard West My 2012 Too-Hip-To-Grip Marketing Award goes to those amusing hommes and femmes at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome hotel. Here’s why. You’re not there very long, eyeing the… Continue reading »

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West on Books: Cultural Trails

Posted on 17 July 2012

By Richard West This month I come to praise the University of Chicago Press’s series, Cultural Trails: Adventures in Travel.  Here’s their manifesto from the website: “Whereas most travel books… Continue reading »

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West on Books: Scandinavian Bookshops

Posted on 14 May 2012

By Richard West In Scandinavia, unlike America,  independent English-language bookshops do not seem to be going the way of the last Tasmanian, the Dodo, the final passenger pigeon, politicians with… Continue reading »

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West on Books: A Bibliomanic’s Appreciation

Posted on 29 February 2012

  Richard West As surely as Hardy follows Laurel, the most attractive books that cross my desk year after year come from Haus Publishing’s The Armchair Traveller series. It’s not… Continue reading »

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