Off the Beaten Track: A Traveller's Anthology

Off the Beaten Track: A Traveller's Anthology

by Laura Stoddart (Author)


A book of brief quotations about travel and exploration from those who love to get off the beaten track, and those who wish they'd stayed at home. Here you will read advice to the traveller, and reflections from travellers from many centuries: Captain Cook confidently declaring that no man will ever venture further than he has, Richard Burton musing on how to keep a wife alive in the tropics, and the unreliable Sir John Mandeville spinning his traveller's tales. Intrepid travellers such as Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, Marco Polo, Lady Mary Wortley Montague, Mary Kingsley, Isabella Bird, Captain Scott and Freya Stark- all of them are here, some of them awestruck at the majesty of their surroundings and others distinctly unimpressed. Laura Stoddart's delicious illustrations seize on the unexpected, and make a comment on what the author doesn't say. Her many admirers will find this wittily chosen anthology has all the charm of her very successful first book, Up the Garden Path.


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More Information

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 80
Edition: Hardback
Publisher: Orion Childrens
Published: 17 Oct 2002

ISBN 10: 1842550446
ISBN 13: 9781842550441
Book Overview: A perfect Christmas gift book Travel, art, literature, natural history Laura Stoddart's distinctive work has brought her wide recognition and a devoted following.

Media Reviews
'Whether you are an intrepid adventurer or an intrepid traveller, this new anthology of travellers' quotations will inspire faraway dreams.' Daily Express, 12 Oct 02 'A fine collection of illustrated travel quotes...beautifully illustrated in her own unique's an enjoyable, entertaining and in some cases thought provoking pick up, dip in and put down book.' Adventure Travel, 1 Nov 02 [a] charming collection of wise and witty words about travel and exploration Daily Mail, 20 Dec 02 ...a perfect antidote to winter gloom She Magazine, 1 Feb 03 ...a wealth of wit and wisdom that will inspire and enthral adventurers from the Antarctic to the armchair...a great alternative to heavy travel books...ideal for those quiet moments of contemplation. Global Adventure, 1 Mar 03
Author Bio
Laura Stoddart trained at the Royal College of Art and was the youngest artist ever to be commissioned to design the Christmas stamps for the Royal Mail. Since then her work has appeared in many magazines, on greetings cards and giftwrap, and on packaging for Crabtree & Eveyln and the New York label, Kate Spade.