Travel Writing – What Shoreditch thinks

This week’s feature focuses on travel writing. To kick things off we took to the streets around Frontier HQ and questioned people on their favourite, most inspirational travel reads. So what did they say:

Name: Robert Phoenix
Occupation: Artist
Choice: Wanderlust: A History of Walking
Author: Rebecca Solnit
What he said: “It interprets walking as a wider activity than just putting one foot in front of the other”

Name: Pia Chaudhuri
Occupation: Art Director
Choice: Midnight’s Children
Author: Salman Rushdie
What she said: “Set in the time of India gaining independence, he uses magical realism to portray people’s struggle in a really surreal way”

Name: Claudia Schroegel
Occupation: Graphic Designer
Choice: The Various Flavours of Coffee
Author: Anthony Capella
What she said: “It’s set in London and Africa. It describes the different flavours of coffee, like perfume. It’s amazing”

Name: Daniel Gilbert
Occupation: Social Media
Choice: Kafka on the Shore
Author: Haruki Murakami
What he said: “It’s just an amazingly descriptive book, evocative of traveling by train in Japan”

Name: Matteo Merla
Occupation: Contemporary Artist
Choice: Peer Gynt
Author: Henrik Ibsen
What he said: “It tells the story of Peer Gynt who leaves home in search of his fortune. His adventures take him to places like Morocco and Italy. It’s a very good story.”

Name: Hannah Wray
Occupation: Teacher
Choice: For Whom the Bell Tolls
Author: Ernest Hemingway
What she said: “It evokes a different and interesting period”

Name: Vidak
Occupation: Inventory Manager
Choice: A. A. Gill is Further Away
Author: A. A. Gill
What he said: “A collection of different travel accounts. It’s just good writing”

Name: Jake Brewer
Occupation: Graphic Designer
Choice: Long Way Round
Author: Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman
What he said: “It’s definitely inspiring. I like it because what they did was such a simple idea. I don’t think it’s anything to do with the fact that Ewan McGregor is involved; it could be anyone and still be just as good. It’s just so real and personal”

Name: Billy Holland
Occupation: Marketing
Choice: Less Than Zero and Imperial Bedrooms
Author: Brett Easton Ellis
What he said: “Not the most beautiful picture of LA, but intriguing nonetheless”

Name: Rhianna
Occupation: Research intern
Choice: Down and Out in Paris and London
Author: George Orwell
What she said: “It’s just a really good book”


Name: Tom Vaughn
Occupation: Film Distributor
Choice: A Sport and a Pastime
Author: James Salter
What he said: “It really made me want to go to the south of France”

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2 Responses to Travel Writing – What Shoreditch thinks

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  2. Mark C says:

    Paul Theroux’s latest book on the subject entitled “The Tao of Travel” is a really worthwhile purchase… Includes lots of excerpts of his own favorites, which happen to include an incredible selection. Has made me write out a dozen-long list of to-reads, including Werner Herzog and many authors I’d never heard of in the slightest – Dervla Murphy, Ffyona Campbell, Dougal Robertson…

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