Jan Morris is “Thinking Again”

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Today is World Book Day and one of our most-well-known travel writers, Jan Morris, has a new book out although this is less about travel and more about her thoughts as the world changes around her.

Image – Faber Books

At 93 and a couple of months, she has led a charmed life in managing to be at the right place at the right time for so many events that dotted the twentieth century. She is, for example, the last person from the Everest expedition that made it to the top in 1953. Not that she scaled the mountain with Hillary and Tenzing but she was at base camp and she was the person who sent a coded message to The Times to let them know that Everest had been conquered.

She is one of only four recipients of the Edward Stanford Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing award along with Bill Bryson, Colin Thubron and Michael Palin yet she is in the forefront of travel writers that the UK has produced over the centuries.

Her new book, was published. Thinking Again, is a diary written at her home in Llanystumdwy in North Wales so there is more of the thoughtful, mental traveller than the physical in this book.

Given how many countries through which she has travelled, events that she has witnessed and people she has met, this book is a rather cosy, bedside companion in which to dip rather than read straight through although that is what I have just done.

Whilst this book has snippets on Brexit, and other events of the last couple of years, her current thoughts on how travel has developed, how it has been so badly affected by the current coronavirus epidemic and her thoughts on what is left to explore, visit and understand must wait for the next volume of diaries.

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