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Top 5 Travel Reads for Autumn

Top 5 Travel Reads for Autumn

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

The Light Elsewhere
The Light Elsewhere

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

Eating Italy
Eating Italy

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

Blind Masseuse
Blind Masseuse

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

Ivory, Apes and Peacocks
Ivory, Apes and Peacocks

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

How Now Brown Frau
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

Guest Travel Writer

Your Essential Travel Experts can't be everywhere all the time, so we often welcome guest travel writers. This article was written by one such visiting travel enthusiast whose experience of different places and advice for travellers makes for an interesting read. Enjoy!