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The Virago Book Of Women Travellers

Mary Morris

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The Hungry Student, Prose: non-fiction, Travel writing

'A volume in which rich and unexpected seams of precious materials await discovery' - The Guardian

Some of the extraordinary women whose writings are including in this collection are observers of the world in which they wander; their prose rich in description, remarkable in detail. Mary McCarthy conveys the vitality of Florence while Willa Cather's essay on Lavandou foreshadows her descriptions of the French countryside in later novels. Others are more active participants in the culture they are visiting, such as Leila Philip, as she harvests rice with chiding Japanese women, or Emily Carr, as she wins the respect and trust of the female chieftain of an Indian village in Northern Canada. Whether it is curiosity about the world, a thirst for adventure or escape from personal tragedy, all of these women are united in that they approached their journeys with wit, intelligence, compassion and empathy for the lives of those they encountered along the way.

Features writing from Gertrude Bell, Edith Wharton, Isabella Bird, Kate O'Brien, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and many others.

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Praise for The Virago Book Of Women Travellers

  • A truly wonderful gift book for all armchair travellers 300 years of wanderlust are captured by women who travelled the world. BOOKS

  • Attractive and engrossing anthology of women s travel writing INDEPENDENT

  • A terrific anthology of women as warm in all corners of "abroad" SCOTSMAN

  • 'An excellent collection.' SUNDAY TIMES

  • 'A volume in which rich and unexpected seams of precious minerals await discovery.' GUARDIAN

  • 'From the acerbic wit of Freya Stark to the raw courage of Dervla Murphy, over three hundred years of the best and bravest women's travel writing is gathered here in a collection of stunning journeys we can all take- on the page and in the imagination.' TIME OUT

  • 'As fascinating for its eccentric social anecdotes as its geographical observations, this is a witty and poignant collection.' THE TIMES

  • 'Editor Mary Morris has cast her net wide and made an admirable selection.' DAILY TELEGRAPH

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