15 of one of the best books for travel lovers

5. Magdalena: Wade Davis Dream River

Wade Davis has traveled to the ends of the earth as a writer, photographer and cultural historian. Colombia, who first saw him at the age of 14 on a school trip from Canada, gave him “wings to fly”. In Magdalena, he tells the story of the country even with great nerves, from the water to the Caribbean; following Colombian history from the first settlement, through the Spanish conquest, to the modern conflicts that culminated in a peace treaty in 2016. Along the way, they take news on boats and banks: news and dance stories, peace and sudden death; of multibillion-dollar drug dealers, and a herbalist who, without leaving his crab, has discovered more than a hundred new species. (Bodley Head, £ 25)

6. Apocalypse notes by Mark O’Connell

Mark O’Connell, deeply concerned about the country he has brought with his children, is embarking on a “perverted journey” to areas where the end times seem very near. They go secretly drilling in South Dakota and in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. He examines how billions of businesses are living with New Zealand, affiliated with the Mars Society in Los Angeles, and entering their natural habitat in the Scottish Highlands. The result is a complex, intelligent, and humorous book, with all three of them often in the paragraph. (Offer, £ 14.99)

7. Isolarion: Oxford Unique Journey by James Attlee

This is a new book published in 2007, one based on the times we have been beaten. At the time of writing, Attlee was itching to walk, but could not escape. Then he realized that he didn’t have to. A few minutes’ drive from his front door in Oxford was Cowley Road, with businesses that seemed to represent the rest of the world: from Jamaican restaurants, through Ghanaian fish traders, to a Russian supermarket. As he says in his introduction, “Why go to another world when the world is coming to you?” (And Other Articles, £ 9.99)

8. Africa Idea

“Tipo Passe (Passport Photo),” Angolan photographer Edson Chagas calls one of his photographs. Each lesson is exposed, in modern clothing but wearing a Bantu mask. Chagas not only plays with Western ideas of what his masks are (showcasing in antiquities); he hides what his head knows and who he is and instead compares them to his own “African” face. Chagas is one of more than 50 artists from contractors whose work has been compiled in this research study by author Ekow Eshun. Their images of places and people, their interpretation of memory and identity, he says, “expose Africa as a place of madness – a state of mind – as a physical part”. (Thames & Hudson, £ 39.95)

9. Silent Cities

The issue of doing this urgently is missing as it becomes available: people are missing from cities by the end of 2020, when the world is in turmoil. St Mark’s Square in Venice, Charles Bridge in Prague, the evil Rambla tiles in Barcelona all have no footsteps. Traffic lights control over non-Vancouver vehicles, roads leading to Frankfurt are packed with non-stop flights, a single soldier facing the Taj Mahal, and a fox overlooking the curve park skate on the Israeli coast. (teNeues, £ 15)

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