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An enthralling anthology of the Golden Age of travel writing, with selections and contributions from today’s greatest living travel writers.

For more than forty years I have collected and read travel books... I marked passages that enthused me and so gathered a library that was annotated by triangular corner-folds and barely decipherable jottings. This was my own inadvertent wool-gathering...

Scraps of Wool is a celebration of travel writing, bringing together in a single volume passages that have enthralled generations of readers, encouraged them to dream of exploration and set off on journeys of their own.
Compiled by Bill Colegrave, its excerpts have been selected by today’s travel writers and journalists, who have revealed the books that influenced them: Dervla Murphy, Tony Wheeler, Rory MacLean, Pico Iyer, Jan Morris, Colin Thubron, Artemis Cooper, Sara Wheeler, Alexander Frater and many more.

Each of these scraps is a document of the writer’s passion for place – thick equatorial jungle, the soft ergs of the Sahara, Patagonian steppe – and each story, each memory will transport you to a different corner of the globe, and maybe even inspire you to plan your own great adventure.


A remarkable achievement ... these pages contain some of the finest prose in the English language

Alexander Frater

These are the high peaks of travel writing, each one a revelation or a memory revived ... a stirring collection

Tony Wheeler

If you love travel, then you will love this book

Timeless Travels

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  • Hardback


    November 15, 2017


    RRP $49.99

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    November 16, 2017

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The Year Everything Changed
The Fatal Shore
The Shepherd's Life
The Dangerous Art of Blending In
The Art Of Travel
You Think It, I'll Say It
The Meaning of Rice
Far and Away
Without Reservations
The Rings Of Saturn
ISS 23 Heroes, villains and the muslim exception
I Can't Breathe
Long Road from Jarrow
Depends What You Mean by Extremist
ISS 22 Indian Muslims
The Marches
Beautiful Failures