A Traveller's Year
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'The soap that the French wash their things with smells of aniseed,' wrote Mary Browne in her diary in 1821, 'and gives their beds a disagreeable smell.' This anthology of journals, letters and memoirs draws on five centuries of travel writing to provide two or three quirky, thrilling or wryly funny anecdotes for each day of the year. The contributors include Charles Darwin, Lewis Carroll, Gertrude Bell, Graham Greene, Simone de Beauvoir, Jack Kerouac and Alan Bennett.