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What's your favourite travel books?

I have just ordered River Town by Peter Hessler after a recommendation on this forum and have read other travel literature including Travels with a Tangerine, Googlewhack Adventure by Dave Gorman.

So what are your favourite travel books or books that show a good insight into a country's culture, landscape etc?
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Probably the obvious answer but I really enjoy the Bill Bryson books.
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I just read Lonely planet country guides. Boning up on germany now and the book is pretty informative.
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I quite enjoyed Driving over lemons, and it's sequels to a lesser extent as well as the Peter Mayle books (Toujour Provence)
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Not my favourite (not sure what that would be, thinking about it...!) but something a bit different, and a good read - A Cook's Tour by Anthony Bourdain.
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Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux - great read about his overland journey through Africa, and about how much the various countries have changed since he lived there (and left in a hurry) back in the 1960s.
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Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux - great read about his overland journey through Africa, and about how much the various countries have changed since he lived there (and left in a hurry) back in the 1960s.
Haven't read that one but have read his Old Patagonian Express which details his travels through South America on train and was an interesting read.

Also have read On The Road by Jack Kerouac which was ok but was disappointed actually following all the praise it gets.
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Jupiter's Travels by Ted Simon - rode a Triumph Bonneville round the world; took him four years. Some amazing anecdotes.

Travels With a 2CV by Nicola Earwaker - endearing tale ideal for anyone who loves the tin snail.

For me, however, the ultimate travel book is The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard, a (surviving) member of Scott's last expedition; a long, almost unbelievable, highly detailed and moving account of that expedition and Cherry-Garrard's heroic journey to retrieve King Penguin eggs in the Antarctic winter. Brrrrr....
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