Great travel reads

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - FRONT PAGE - Com­piled by Tonya Turner

The Well at the World’s End

$ 32.95, Black Inc

THE best­selling author of The

Un­likely Voy­age of Jack de Crow is back with an­other charm­ing travel mem­oir. This time A. J. Mackin­non quits his job in Aus­tralia to go in search of a le­gendary pool of eter­nal youth on a re­mote Scot­tish is­land. Mak­ing his way by land and sea, he sur­vives a bus crash in Aus­tralia, mar­ries a princess in Laos and does time in a Chi­nese jail along the way.

Where to buy: book­stores

Mars: A Sur­vival Guide

$ 29.99, ABC Books

SPACE – the fi­nal fron­tier. Get off the beaten track in this book by the co­founder of the Mars So­ci­ety of Aus­tralia, Guy Mur­phy. A com­pelling read, Mur­phy’s guide leaves no moon­stone un­turned in this en­ter­tain­ing story about the fourth rock from the sun. If it sounds rad­i­cal, just re­mem­ber US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama this year an­nounced plans for a hu­man mis­sion to Mars. A trip there might be closer than you think.

Where to buy: book­stores

Hello Dubai

$ 35, Simon & Schus­ter

IN A few decades, Dubai has grown from a sleepy desert town to a hub of global trade and fi­nance. Author Joe Ben­nett once called it ‘‘ the spir­i­tual home of the suit man’’, but af­ter re­al­is­ing he knew very lit­tle about the place, he set out to find out more about the city where east meets west in the most ex­tra­or­di­nary way. He re­counts his dis­cov­er­ies in this sur­prise-filled mem­oir.

Where to buy: book­stores

Len Bead­ell’s Legacy

$ 34.99, Bas Pub­lish­ing

IN 1955, Len Bead­ell and the Gun­bar­rel Road Con­struc­tion Party started cre­at­ing a net­work of roads stretch­ing 6500km through Aus­tralia’s cen­tral western desert. Author Ian Bayly gives an in­for­ma­tive ac­count of the highs and lows of their eight-year ad­ven­ture. This glossy hard­cover is com­plete with pho­to­graphs taken along the tracks mostly ex­plored these days by grey no­mads and 4WD en­thu­si­asts.

Where to buy: book­stores

Reach for the Skies

$ 35, Ran­dom House

RICHARD Bran­son dreams of a view of Earth from space. As the ad­ven­turer and en­tre­pre­neur gets set to launch the first com­mer­cial space flight through Vir­gin Galac­tic, his lat­est book takes a pas­sion­ate look at the his­tory of flight. Bran­son weaves funny and per­sonal sto­ries with those of fa­mous in­ven­tors and ad­ven­tur­ers in­clud­ing the Wright broth­ers and Steve Fos­sett as well as pi­o­neers such as ‘‘ bird-man’’ Leo Valentin.

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