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Into Thin Air
Jon Krakauer
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Eastern Approaches
Fitzroy Maclean
A great picture of the era in which it was written
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A Year in Provence
Peter Mayle
Ahh! The wine! The fight over the toilets!
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A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush
Eric Newby
Greatest travel writer ever
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The Great Railway Bazaar
Paul Theroux
A great introduction to travel writing, and a great encouragement to travel!
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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Agatha Christie
Unique, but it could only be done once....
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams
The sequels never measured up to the original book, but the first book in the series might just be one of the best books ever written. Full of inventive ideas and lateral thinking.
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The Day of the Triffids
John Wyndham
Read it as a child, and found it to be a great adventure story for the key characters.
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Watership Down
Richard Adams
The first book I ever read from the point of view of animals. Real animals with real world issues, as opposed to childhood stories. I guess I really didn’t think it could be done, and the result fascinated me!
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The Thirty-Nine Steps
John Buchan
An approachable hero, who has a great adventure!
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Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Led me to believe that children could be independent and have adventures without the prying eyes of parents. Even more relevant in the days of helicopter parenting.
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