A Traveller’s Year is an anthology of extracts from diaries, journals and letters, two or three for each day of the year, on the subject of travel and exploration. The extracts convey men and women’s experiences of travel and discovery from the sixteenth to the early twenty-first centuries, with an emphasis on the period 1750–1950, the classic era of both European exploration and diary-writing. The authors of the pieces range from famous explorers such as Captains Cook and Scott to modern travel writers journeying through the contemporary world, from people who pushed back the boundaries of geographical knowledge to people who wrote about what they did on their summer holidays.
The book includes an introduction, explanatory notes and mini-biographies of all the contributors.
Gertrude Bell (woman traveller in the Middle East)
James Boswell (travels in Scotland and the Hebrides)
William Cobbett (Rural Rides through England)
Christopher Columbus (journals of his voyages to America)
Charles Darwin (Voyage of the Beagle)
Captain James Cook (voyages in the Pacific)
Washington Irving (American writer travelled in Europe in first decades of nineteenth century)
Edward Lear (landscape painter and nonsense writer produced journals of his travels in Greece, Corsica, Near East etc)
Lewis & Clark (journals of famous journey of American exploration)
William Morris (wrote a journal of a trip to Iceland in 1870s)
Michael Palin (a Python abroad)
Mungo Park (African explorer in early nineteenth century)
Captain Robert Falcon Scott (doomed journey to South Pole)
Evelyn Waugh (diaries of 1930s travels in Mediterranean and beyond)
William John Wills (explorer of Australia)
Travis Elborough is an author and social commentator. His books include A Traveller’s Year, A London Year, The Long-Player Goodbye, Being A Writer and A Walk in the Park: The Life and Times of a People’s Institution. Travis is a regular contributor to Radio 4 and the Guardian, and has penned articles on all aspects of travel and culture, from pirates in the Caribbean to donkeys at the British seaside. He has written for the Times, Sunday Times, New Statesman, BBC History Magazine and Kinfolk among others.
NICK RENNISON has worked as a writer, editor and bookseller for more than twenty years. His London Blue Plaque Guide has been through three editions in the last decade and he has also published The Book of London Lists, described by the London Evening Standard as a book that 'can teach even the most die-hard Londoner something they didn't know'. He lives in Stockport.