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Books: Travelers’ Tales Best Travel Writing of …


The Best Travel Writing 2011 is the eighth volume in the annual Travelers’ Tales series, launched in 2004 to celebrate the world’s best travel writing.

The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass high adventure, spiritual growth, romance, hilarity and misadventure, service to humanity, and encounters with exotic cuisine.

In the Best Travel Writing 2011you are with the writers as they:

VIVA Travel Guides Guatemala book released


Viva Travel Guides have just released their latest guidebook, following on from their success with guides to Colombia, Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador and more. This time we’re treated to an insightful and original guide to Guatemala. And I wrote a lot of it so I know it’s going to be good!

Cuban revolution; freedom of expression; four amazing actors


I first read ‘Before Night Falls’ (Antes Que Anochezca, 1992)while studying for myunder-grad degree. Then I discovered the movie, andif Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn and Olivier Martinez (plus a small partby thethen unknown Diego Luna) aren’tfour reasons-enough to watch the film then there’s alsothe amazing black and whiteactual footage of Castro triumphantlyentering Havana in 1969.An autobiography of the Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas,both paper and celluloid describe vividly hislife under the repressive socialist régime,his sexual experimentation, stints in and out of prison, the danger and importance in defending freedomof expression and thelife-threatening lengths people will go to in order to find liberty.

Murakami classic finally makes it onto the big screen


Anybody interested in Japanese culture has read at least one Haruki Murakami novel, and it is likely that one novel would be the emotional and nostalgic Norwegian Wood (1987) -the tale of sex,loss and mental illnessthatbrought Murakami world-wide success.

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As Eat Pray Love has just opened in the cinemas it got me thinking about all the stories which have made it from printed page to celluloid and how much more I prefer the personal journey found within the smooth cover of a book to the Hollywood interpretations (however much I adore Javier I will not spoil my relationship with a such an irresistible story of philosophical enlightenment, even if it was a little weak in the middle and often too self-conscious).