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Fabian Sixtus Körner - "Journeyman"
Australia

Fabian Sixtus Körner

Do photos, a lot of countries and a slick design make for a good book?

It is the turn of the first decade of the 21st century, and Fabian Sixtus Körner is a young designer from Germany who wants to see the world. He hears of the German tradition of the “journeyman years”, where young men, after completing their apprenticeship in the crafts, set out to roam about the country and learn from other masters. A sort of medieval “work & travel” if you will, a tradition that is still…

Nicole Roetheli's - "Nicole's Diary: Running the World... Losing Our Marbles"
Africa

Nicole Roetheli

Is this in any way comparable to the works of Ella Maillart?

Remember Serge Roetheli, the guy who fabulously ran around the world and wrote a book about it that just wasn’t that good? Well, NR is his wife, the person who kept…

Serge Roetheli's - "The 25,000 Mile Love Story"
Africa

Serge Roetheli

How can a book about a man running around the whole world be so… bad?

We’re in 1997, and Serge Roetheli has just returned from running all the way from South America to Alaska. He was accompanied by his wife on a motorcycle, and since this “American Challenge” is now behind them, they decide to…

Yu Ying's "Go Out And Talk To People About Their Dreams"
Australia

Yu Ying

Does the Chinese literary world need to train tougher editors?

Yu Ying is a 20-something girl from Southwest China who lives and works as PA for a fashion model in Beijing. In 2009, she applies for the “Best Job In The World”, a project hosted by Tourism Queensland that places…

Bruce Chatwin's "Songlines"
Australia

Bruce Chatwin

Is this travel book classic from the 1980s as awesome as they say, or is it just a tiny bit whacky?

British writer Bruce Chatwin roams through the Australian outbacks in order to find out about Aboriginal songs and their use as cultural “maps” for the nomadic people. He drifts all over the place, befriends the locals and conducts interviews here and there, talks to immigrants, activists, cops…