Europe

Germany

Harald Braun

Are other authors’ ideas off-limits or is this just a bad book?

In 2011, German journalist Harald Braun feels inspired by Michael Holzach and comes up with his own version of the idea of walking pennilessly through Germany…

China

Richard Halliburton

This author has been called the “grandfather of travel writing” – but is he really that good?

In the early 1920s, young American graduate Richard Halliburton feels bored. He decides to go traveling on a shoestring budget, so he hops on a ship to Europe and takes it from there…

China

Nadine Hudson

Why does too much often mean too little?

In the early 1990s, Nadine Hudson from Switzerland is struggling with mental health issues, most notably an eating disorder. She decides to embark on a backpacking trip through Asia…

Henry Rollins - "Get In The Van"
Canada

Henry Rollins

Is this book going to be any good for you even if you’re not a fan of hardcore punk?

it’s 1980, and a young punk enthusiast called Henry Lawrence Garfield from DC gives himself a new last name, thus becoming Henry Rollins. When his favorite band Black Flag asks him to become their new lead singer, he accepts…

Huang Nubo - "Herr Huang in Deutschland"
China

Huang Nubo

Can this be a new way to write travel literature, or will it always turn out terrible?

in the early 2010s, Huang Nubo, a Chinese billionaire who climbs mountains and writes poetry, gives to charity, and supposedly tries to protect cultural relics in China, decides to embark on a mission that is supposed to last him ten years: a visit to each and every World Heritage Site on the face of the earth…

Brian Dawtrey's "Voyage To Wild Africa"
Tanzania

Brian Dawtrey

What’s the difference between telling anecdotes and writing a book?

we’re at the end of World War II, and Brian Dawtrey is a young man from England who is crazily in love with a girl. He writes her a ton of letters…

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

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? Well, Nicole Roetheli is his wife, and she kept him company on her motorcycle during the trip. This is the book she wrote, which is supposed to tell the story from her perspective. Obviously, we are reminded of Ella Maillart and Peter Fleming, both of whom were very good writers…

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

Serge Roetheli

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

we’re in 1997, and Swiss Athlete 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 now that this “American Challenge” is now behind them, they decide to embark on a world tour…

Xiao Peng's "Ten Years Of Backpacking"
Austria

Xiaopeng

If this guy writes so well and goes to so many cool places, then just why is this book he wrote so bad?

in the early 2000s, Xiaopeng is a young Chinese white-collar worker who decides to see the world. He travels around China, then ends up as an exchange student in the Netherlands. From there, he sets out to do the Grand Tour of Europe…

Tony Hawks' "Round Ireland With A Fridge"
Ireland

Tony Hawks

How far can British humor carry a story that otherwise revolves entirely around itself?

We’re in the late 1990s, and Tony Hawks is a British music composer and comedian who frequently gets mistaken for a pro skater. In 1997, he sets out to lug a refrigerator around Ireland. You might have already guessed it: he is trying to win a bet…

Colette Modiano's "Twenty Snobs and Mao"
China

Colette Modiano

What happens when a fashion-conscious European woman visits China at the height of socialism?

in 1966, Colette Modiano is working as a travel coordinator in France when she decides to assemble a group of wealthy Europeans and take them on a trip to China. This is a rare opportunity, as the country is pretty much sealed off from the outside world at the time…

Ben Donald's "Springtime for Germany"
Germany

Ben Donald

Who came up with the idea to spoil an otherwise fine travel book with a bunch of nonsense?

in the mid-2000s, British journalist Ben Donald has grown sick of traveling. This changes when he runs into a guy who claims to be a travel coach and who sends him to Germany. Germany doesn’t sound like fun at first, but Donald starts enjoying it after a while, and he returns for some more visits later on…

Carol Kloeppel's "Dear Germany"
Germany

Carol Kloeppel

Is this author trying to show us how to alienate ourselves from our surroundings?

in the early 1990s, American journalist Carol Kloeppel works for German foreign correspondent Peter Kloeppel. The two get into a relationship, and in 1992 she returns home with him. Home to Germany.

They settle down in Cologne, get married and have a daughter. Peter goes on to become one of Germany’s best-known anchormen, and Carol works as a journalist. Then she writes this book about her life in Germany…

Cem Gülay's "No Döner Country"
Germany

Cem Gülay

If migration basically means people moving from one place to another, can it really be a bad thing per se?

Cem Gülay is a German of Turkish descent who has published an autobiography about his abortive attempt at a “career” as a criminal. While promoting his book, he travels all over Germany, reading mostly at schools and

Gunther Plüschow's "The Adventures of the Aviator of Tsingtao"
China

Gunther Plüschow

Can we read about warfare as if it was just an adventure?

at the outbreak of World War I, Gunther Plüschow, a young pilot in the German air force, gets dispatched to the German colony of Qingdao (they call it “Tsingtau” back then). He is supposed to be one of only two pilots on guard against the Japanese and the British there…