The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

I HAVE just been with Jan Mor­ris in Tri­este and Lau­rens van der Post in the Kala­hari. I have been con­sort­ing with Freya Stark, Rosita Forbes and Ge­of­frey Moor­house while mo­tor­ing up and down the F3 from Syd­ney to my week­ender. The Spo­ken Word: Travel Writ­ers (BBC/In­books, $29.95) is a fan­tas­tic set of two CDs pro­duced by the Bri­tish Li­brary and in­cludes record­ings from 12 great ad­ven­tur­ers. Some tracks are ex­cerpts from talks, oth­ers are from ra­dio or pub­lic read­ings; but one (Lau­rie Lee in Spain, 1955) was never broad­cast as the author was ‘‘not very happy with the re­sult’’. Al­most all have been sourced from the BBC Sound Ar­chives and it’s amus­ing to see Eric Newby (pic­tured) and Wil­fred Th­e­siger all but rub­bing shoul­ders in this col­lec­tion. The for­mer, and com­pan­ion Hugh Car­less, were dis­missed by Th­e­siger as ‘‘a cou­ple of pan­sies’’ dur­ing an en­counter on the jour­ney Newby wrote of in A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush. One hun­dred and fifty min­utes of to­tal es­capism.

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