I am an avid reader and alongside travel, books are my main passion so will read anything and everything I can get my hands on about my intended destination whilst in the planning stages. Aside from the usual travel guides, Lonely Planet being the preferred option, travel/history writing by authors such as William Dalrymple I find particularly interesting. I devote most of my spare time to reading fiction, mostly Asian and Middle Eastern authors and find this is the best way for me to become absorbed into a different way of life and thinking.
Here I have compiled a list of fiction and non-fiction books that I’ve found to be inspiring as well as informative which I will continue to add to.
The White Tiger, Adiga, A.
Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women, Brooks, G.
From the Holy Mountain, Dalrymple, W.
City of Djinns, Dalrymple, W.
The Age of Kali, Dalrymple, W.
The Glass Palace, Ghosh, A.
Sea of Poppies, Ghosh, A.
The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie, Halasa, M and Salam, R.
The Historian, Kostova, E.
Into the Wild, Krakauer, J.
Five Past Midnight in Bhopal, Lapierre, D.
A Fine Balance, Mistry, R.
Family Matters, Mistry, R.
Himalaya, Palin, M.
Sahara, Palin, M.
The Dark Side of Love, Schami, R.
A Suitable Boy, Seth, V.
Animal’s People, Sinha, I.
Cleopatra’s Wedding Present: Travels through Syria, Tewdwr Moss, R.