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'A wide-ranging and insightful addition to the literature of travel.' -- Colin Thubron
Peter Whitfield is the author of numerous books on a wide range of subjects, including maps, English poetry, and the history of science.
'Subtly written, wide ranging and beautifully produced' -- Philip Hoare * Sunday Telegraph *
'This is a book which every serious reader of travel books will find absorbing; it is probably the most thoughtful study of the subject since Paul Fussell's Abroad in 1980.' -- John Ure * Times Literary Supplement *
'In this landmark book, Peter Whitfield casts his gaze across three millenia of writing ... [it is] a marvel of compactness ... a seamless job of making coherent some sense of development and direction in the genre.' -- Tom Adair * The Scotsman *
'An important book which uncovers the history of travel writing before we learned to call it travel writing.' * Conde Nast Traveller *