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Jan 13, 2020

Most book-lovers would agree that reading is the best way to travel without leaving the comfort of your favorite armchair.

This week, Katy sits down with librarian and world-famous book expert Nancy Pearl to discuss what makes a book a great armchair travel read, as opposed to simply a book set in an unfamiliar place.

Listen all the way to the end to hear Nancy’s scandalous and controversial strategy for dealing with the weight of too many books while traveling. Also, discover the one setting Katy avoids when it comes to travel reads.

Nancy Pearl’s top armchair reads:


The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux

Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown by Paul Theroux

Between Terror and Tourism by Michael Mewshaw

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck


The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Woman who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis

The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay

Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres

The Raj Quartet by Paul Scott


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