It's been a bright and busy British summer - from the almost unbearable heatwave to the courts of Wimbledon and the arrival of the Royal Baby. Now autumn is about to settle in and as the temperature cools down, we venture inside in search of warmth - and nothing warms you up more than a good book. Our Top 5 Autumn Reads will ensure that your evenings are filled with intrigue, thrill and great literature.
The Light Elsewhere: Encounters With The Elemental World
Leading outdoor photographer and author, David Pickford, gives a photographic essay set out in three parts, which chronicles some of the most exciting places on Earth for adventure travel. For those who love the outdoors and especially mountaineering and climbing, The Light Elsewhere: Encounters With The Elemental World is a great addition for you. It illustrates the work done by Pickford, with the first part focusing on the changing nature of wilderness landscapes, while the second part documents his daredevil motorbike rides over rocks, snow and ice. The third section is a personal portrait of resistance and survival. This is a great autumn read for anyone who appreciates nature and enjoys the outdoors.
Available: September 23 2013
Eating Italy: A Chef's Culinary Adventure
For the travel foodies, Eating Italy: A Chef's Culinary Adventure, which can be described as part innovative cookbook and part travel narrative by chef Jeff Michaud, takes us through his journey as a culinary apprentice. He spends three years in Northern Italy learning and immersing himself in the culture and cuisine. Each chapter of the book is a delicious, funny and personal account of the little towns he visits and the recipes he learns from some of the most skilled chefs in the country. You won’t want to leave your kitchen once you start reading and become immersed in Michaud's spirit, passion and tales of the cuisine and cultures of Italy.
Available: September 24 2013
Blind Masseuse: A Traveller's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia
Alden Jones' book honours the wandering spirit in all of us and brings out the motivation to travel abroad in search of the unfamiliar. She chronicles her experiences as a young traveller and her role as an outsider in the cultures she temporarily inhabits. In the line of travel literature, this book offers an adventure story, detailing Jones’ personal journey as well as her journey across Costa Rica, Cambodia, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Cuba, Burma and Cambodia.
Available: October 22 2013
Ivory, Apes and Peacocks: Animals, Adventure and Discovery In The Wild Places Of Africa
Alan Root is described as one of Africa’s most bitten men, having been mauled by a leopard, silverback gorilla and a hippo. This book is a memoir of Roots’ incredible life and looks at Africa’s wonders through the eyes of a renowned wildlife filmmaker. For those interested in wildlife photography Root's memoir is a must-have. Journey with Alan as he tracks wildebeest migration from a hot-air balloon, looks at the African ecosystem and goes diving with hippos and crocodiles. Even if you aren't into wildlife you'll find this a fun read with all the hair-raising adventures Alan embarks on.
Available: September 6 2013
How Now Brown Frau
Merridy Eastman handles new experiences and fitting in to different cultures with a charming, humorous and endearing persona. This travel memoir takes you through Eastman's life. Coming from an Australian background, she settles in Bavaria without knowing a word of German. Four months pregnant and having to deal with in-laws, she takes us through the challenges of adjusting to a completely different life; from the unusual food and language barriers to getting through customs and even the weather. This is a laugh-out-loud book and an all round entertaining read. If you've ever travelled anywhere where you didn't speak the native language, you’ll be able to relate to Eastman’s confusion, embarrassment and hilarity, which she manages to capture so well.
Available: September 1 2013
Last Updated: September 2013