‘In spite of all hardships, discomforts and sicknesses, the lure of exploration still continues to be one of the strongest lodestars of the human spirit, and will be so while there is the rim of an unknown horizon, in this world or the next.’
- Freya Stark -
Earlier this week The British Library released a new two CD set of recordings, The Spoken Word: Travel Writers. It is a wonderful selection of previously unreleased historic BBC broadcasts of major travel writers discussing their adventures and their art.
Today we live in a world where travel is accessible to almost everyone and consequently, the markets are saturated with so many travel writers and magazines dedicated to the wonders of exploration, that it’s now becoming increasingly rare to find anything fresh and exciting to read. That’s why I particularly love these recordings as they really do capture the spirit of those intrepid individuals determined to overcome every kind of hardship to reach their respective destinations. Speakers such as Peter Fleming, Eric Newby and Freya Stark recount journeys (and occasional near-death experiences) whilst crossing harsh terrains such as the Sahara or the mountains of Afghanistan.
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