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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Front Page - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

WHATa busy and tal­ented bunch of reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tors we have at T&I. Ev­ery­thing seems right with the world when Pico Iyer has writ­ten our cover es­say, but have you caught up with his lat­est book, The Man Within My Head: Gra­ham Greene, My Fa­ther and Me ( Knopf), pub­lished last year? It was Greene, he writes, ‘‘who, al­most in spite of him­self, taught me . . . how to move around the world and even how to haz­ard trust’’. So, at the very least, we should feel grate­ful to the au­thor of (par­tic­u­larly) The Quiet Amer­i­can for in­spir­ing Iyer’s con­tin­u­ing and eventful quests.

Lon­don-based AZB (Af­saneh) Knight con­trib­utes ho­tel re­views to T&I but, when not test­ing mat­tresses and menus, she writes nov­els. Her sec­ond, The Sun­shine Years (Random House), is just out and is set in Syd­ney, a city she knows well. It’s a per­cep­tive if some­times un­set­tling look at Gen Xers who have good jobs, full lives and all the usual First World petty prob­lems but are en­ter­ing mid-youth cri­sis ter­ri­tory and all those what-if dilem­mas have taken hold. Are old friend­ships hold­ing them back? Is it time to com­mit to a re­la­tion­ship?

Travel an­tholo­gies al­ways make great dip-into reads, ideal as in­surance against the pesky de­lays that can be­set even the best-laid hol­i­day plans. Do­minic Dunne of­ten writes In­ci­den­tal Tourist col­umns for T&I and his re­cent Ad­ven­tures of a Com­pul­sive Trav­eller (Tran­sit Lounge) is full of keen-eyed es­says, as is con­trib­u­tor Bren­dan Shana­han’s new Mr Snack and the Lady Water (MUP). Shana­han is one for merry ti­tles (his first travel book was In Turkey I Am Beau­ti­ful), thus invit­ing com­par­i­son with US ad­ven­turer Tim Cahill, whose works in­clude A Wolver­ine Is Eat­ing My Leg.

Stephen Scour­field’s lat­est novel, As the River Runs (UWAP), is set in the Kim­ber­ley but sounds un­ad­ven­tur­ous. It is not. T&I is awestruck by the prolific Scour­field, travel ed­i­tor of The West Aus­tralian. His new book be­gins: ‘‘The snake moves like mer­cury poured on the fe­ro­ciously red gravel. It grips the back of the lizard’s neck and sy­ringes venom in cal­cu­lated over­doses.’’ Ir­re­sistible.

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