The Irresponsible Traveller

by Ben Fogle, Michael Palin, Jonathan Scott, Hilary Bradt, Simon King and Simon Calder

The Irresponsible Traveller

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Publishing to coincide with Bradt's 40th anniversary, The Irresponsible Traveller is a light but edgy collection of travellers' tales. Travel writers and celebrities alike recount their exciting, and often dangerous, adventures which include being chased by a sea lion, accosted by Brazilian kidnappers and a midnight raid to free turtles on the Amazon. Over 40 years Bradt has built a reputation for publishing books covering the road less travelled, and this collection celebrates exactly the sort of writing and storytelling about 'unusual' travel experiences that has helped to establish the company as a firm favourite amongst adventurous travellers. Featuring contributions from Hilary Bradt, Michael Palin, Ben Fogle and Jonathan Scott, the title is a perfect tome to dip in and out of.

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'A fitting way to celebrate this intrepid publisher's 40th anniversary'
Wanderlust Magazine

'A tongue-in-cheek collection covering disasters that have happened to travel writers - but did not make it into the official guidebooks.'
Bookseller

'These stories are not the stuff travel brochures are made of, and are all the truer for it.'
National Geographic Traveller

'One of the most delightful travel books to be published in a generation. It reminds us that the joy of travel lies in the thrill of discovery when things, thankfully, don't go to plan.'
Travel Africa Magazine
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Contents

THE IRRESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER
Tales of Scrapes and Narrow Escapes


Introduction by Hilary Bradt............................................................... v
A Stranger's Smile Zoe Efstathiou........................................................ 1
The Ups and Downs of Bhutan Ben Ross.............................................. 4
Bedtime Stories in Little Tibet Dervla Murphy.................................. 12
Negotiating on a Knife-Edge Paul Davies.......................................... 22
The Locked Trunk in the Forest Adrian Phillips................................. 25
The Letter Z Catriona Rainsford....................................................... 32
Camel Mustering in the Outback Michael Palin................................. 38
No Return from Nigeria E T Laing.................................................... 42
Close Encounter with an Elephant Brian Jackman.............................. 51
The Virtue of Ignorance Tim Cahill.................................................. 54
Tak Jadi Jude Marwa......................................................................... 58
Commando Raid John Harrison......................................................... 62
Eyes Closed, Full Speed Ahead Claire Morsman................................. 65
Pavel and the Beige Fleece Lyn Hughes.............................................. 68
Surviving Life in the Wild Jonathan and Angela Scott.......................... 75
US versus the Broad Oppressed Masses Hilary Bradt.......................... 82
Walking the Border Jonathan Lorie.................................................... 88
Road Trip Alex Robinson................................................................... 95
A Pestle and Mortar in Paradise Ella Pawlik.................................... 104
Something to Declare Mike Unwin.................................................. 107
Stranded in the Skerries Nicky Gardner............................................ 114
The Casualty and the Priest Ben Fogle............................................. 120
The Long March Jennifer Barclay.................................................... 125
April 13: Kangchung Himal Camp 17,700 feet Phil Deutschle........... 131
The Rum Diary Phoebe Smith.......................................................... 137
A Narrow Escape Liam Lambert...................................................... 146
At the Border, Four Months after Gaddafi Tom Chesshyre................. 149
Intrigue Under the Big Screen Rolf Potts.......................................... 158
Scary Biker Polly Evans................................................................... 164
An Incident on the Road Stuart Forster............................................ 168
Lost in the USSR Janice Booth......................................................... 176
Up the Airy Mountain Matthew Parris............................................ 183
The Girl Who Washed Her Hair Kelly Randell................................ 191
Cheetah Attack Simon King............................................................ 195
The Forbidden Bottle Christina Ammon........................................... 202
Trusting my Instincts in Tanzania Donald Greig............................... 208
The Whale Jo Forel......................................................................... 214
Jebel Marra Nick Redmayne............................................................. 217
Diving into Danger Emma Thomson...............................................224

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