The Travel Writer’s Bookshelf: books about place

Jonathan Lorie shares some of his favourite travel literature from his very own bookshelf.

12 places that inspired the UK’s greatest writers

We take a virtual tour of the UK’s literary landscapes.

To hear a skylark?: An extract from The Country of Larks

Join Gail Simmons on the last leg of her walk to Tring, as she searches for the elusive call of the skylark.

The eye of the storm: an extract from The Country of Larks

Gail Simmons laments the impact the maelstrom of HS2 will have on the Chilterns AONB.

A most pleasant country: an extract from The Country of Larks

Join Gail Simmons as she follows in the footsteps of Stevenson, exploring the lanes that lead to the chalky uplands of the Chilterns.

Layers of history: an extract from The Country of Larks

Gail Simmons describes her journey through Holmer Green, a sleepy little village that still reflects traces of its agricultural history.

Setting out: an extract from The Country of Larks

Gail Simmons recalls her journey following in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson, almost 150 years after he first alighted from the train at High Wycombe station.

In search of Africa: an extract from ‘The Big Cat Man’

The moment Jonathan Scott became ‘the bloke the cheetah crapped on’

One man and a book

If any single book has immortalised the Thames in literature, it’s Three Men in a Boat (1889). 

A master storyteller

Author Rosie Whitehouse tells the story of Italo Calvino, one of Italy’s greatest novelists.