USE­LESS HAND­BOOK

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel -

Trav­eler’s Ad­vi­sory Jes­sica Lehrer, Rick Light­stone and Alice Murray (Mark Batty-Thames & Hud­son, $29.95) THE use of the US spell­ing for trav­eller gives the game away. Pub­lished in New York, the book is not, as one may ex­pect, a se­ri­ous cau­tion­ary guide to the world’s no-go zones but a small pic­ture book that prob­a­bly fits the hu­mour cat­e­gory, even though it’s not very funny. All it con­sists of are full-page pic­tures with fac­ing cap­tions. For in­stance, two men in a street, which looks as if it is some­where in the Mid­dle East, are seated by the road­side with a ta­ble stacked with US ban­knotes. The cap­tion: ‘‘ Be wary of un­of­fi­cial bank­ing in­sti­tu­tions.’’ There’s a rusty tin toi­let shed on a bar­ren hill­side with the cap­tion: ‘‘ Take your jour­nal ev­ery­where you go . . . you might need the pa­per.’’ And th­ese are two of the more amus­ing. Break­ing ad­vi­sory from Travel& In­dul­gence: put that $29.95 to bet­ter use. Susan Kuro­sawa

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