Better Than Fiction

Better Than Fiction

True Travel Tales From Great Fiction Writers

Book - 2012
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher*

A collection of original travel stories told by some of the world's best novelists, including Isabel Allende, Peter Matthiessen, Alexander McCall Smith, Joyce Carol Oates, Tea Obreht and DBC Pierre.

Exhilaratingly varied in place, plot, and voice, these tales all share one common characteristic: They manifest a passion for the precious gifts that travel confers, from its unexpected but inevitably enriching lessons about other peoples and places to the truths - sometimes uncomfortable but always enlarging - it reveals about ourselves.

"...a brilliant collection of travel stories...threaded with great warmth, as readers are invited to travel in the company of these famous authors and experience their passions and revelations." BOOKSELLER + PUBLISHER

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places where they travel.

TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

*#1 in the world market share - source: Nielsen Bookscan. Australia, UK and USA. March 2012-January 2013

Publisher: Footscray, Vic. ; London : Lonely Planet, c2012
ISBN: 9781742205946
Branch Call Number: 910 .4 BET
Characteristics: 320 p. ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: George, Donald W.


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Sep 28, 2015

Good mix of stories. they are not professional travel writers and some were more boring/emotional than others, but overall kept my attention

Sep 29, 2014

Most authors were not travel writers and their stories seemed either forced or dull.

Mar 31, 2013

Was expecting better travel writing but these are not travel writers but people sharing personal experiences. Some more interesting than others but a demonstration of how hard it is to write travel fiction.

Mar 10, 2013

Travel. What does it mean? Is it going to the National Parks in the rear of my parent's station wagon? Well. yeah... What about sunny Hawaii? Yes again.. What about a job in Antarctica? Yes again!

In reality the concept of travel encompasses so much more than just 'vacation' that we look forward to two weeks out of every year. Each of the over thirty stories that make up this book explore destination as varied as an ice bound camp in Alaska to Tahiti. You travel along with the travel guides (instead of writers) who bring you along as a passenger on their jaunts.
The stories are incredibly different as befits the idea of travel. You might not love every place you visit.

You need a sense of adventure to travel You don't just want the same old thing. But it's still fun to go.Experience the unexpected. I'm glad I did!

ChristchurchLib Feb 13, 2013

"Would you like to take a few short trips with literate, observant guides? Have we got the book for you! In Better than Fiction, acclaimed fiction writers such as DBC Pierre, Joyce Carol Oates, Charles Finch, Alexander McCall Smith, Nikki Gemmell, Téa Obreht, and 25 others "describe their most meaningful non-fictional journeys." The evocative essays in this gem of a book take readers everywhere from popular tourist locales (Mexico, Rome) to unexpected places (a prison cell in San Quentin), and many points in between. If you love both travelling and reading about writers, this engaging, diverse collection should be on your must-read list." February 2012 Armchair Travel newsletter

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