The Spoken Word: Travel Writers

Travel Writers and Explorers in Their Own Words

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The Spoken Word: Travel Writers
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2 compact discs with 1 booklet | © 2012
Compact Disc $25.00 ISBN: 9780712351096 Published August 2012 For sale in North and South America only

This two-disc set features some of best known literary adventurers and explorers of the twentieth century in their own words. The recordings—mostly sourced from the BBC Sound Archive and never before published—are a mixture of radio broadcasts, live talks, and readings. In one of the earliest recordings, made in 1943, Leonard Hussey recalls Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition of 1914–17. In the most recent, from 1973, Geoffrey Moorhouse speaks about his near fatal attempt to cross the Sahara by camel. Others included are Peter Fleming, Laurie Lee, Ella Maillart, Eric Newby, Sacheverell Sitwell, Freya Stark, Wilfred Thesiger, Laurens van der Post, Rosita Forbes, and Jan Morris.

Disc One
1. Leonard D. A. Hussey—Marooned on Elephant Island
2. Rosita Forbes—Speaking Personally
3. Freya Stark—The Philosophy of Exploration
4. Sacheverell Sitwell—Nuptials of the East and West
5. Ella Maillart—Interview at her home in Chandolin
6. Laurens van der Post—On the Bushmen of the Kalahari
Disc Two
1. Peter Fleming—The Time of My Life
2. Wilfred Thesiger—The Empty Quarter
3. Laurie Lee—The Last Fiesta
4. Eric Newby—Turning Points
5. Jan Morris—Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere
6. Geoffrey Moorhouse—By Camel Across Sahara

Total Duration: 150 Minutes
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