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A Castle in Spain (Catalunya)

Advantages: Interesting history about the castle and the role it has played
Disadvantages: Look for this book second hand, its RRP is expensive

Matthew Parris and a small group of family and close friends bought a ruin of a castle called L’Avenc in the Catalunya region of northern Spain in 1997. This book is about the problems and triumphs he encountered whilst renovating it, the hurdles he had t ...

StewwyB 03.11.2014 · Read full review
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Review of A Castle in Spain - Matthew Parris

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Buying this might just be the number one 'Must Don't'

Advantages: Some good ideas of things to do
Disadvantages: Some very poor listings on places to go

Is that really all you need to do for an e-book? ‘India: 55 Must See Places and 50 Must Do Things’ by Destination Infinity is the sort of book whose sheer mediocrity inspires me. It inspires me to think “Hell’s teeth! Someone thought this was worth an ...

koshkha 22.07.2014 · Read full review
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Review of India: 55 Must See Places & 50 Must Do Things - Destination Infinity

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It felt like Kevin and ME in India

Advantages: Dripping with authenticity and honesty
Disadvantages: I have to give it back as it was only a loaner

Give me a good travel book and you can shut me up for days I am susceptible to the temptations of good travel writing especially if it’s about a journey in India. Sadly, I’ve read a lot of bad travel writing too but my June freebie from the Kindle Own ...

koshkha 29.06.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Kevin and I in India - Frank Kusy

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The Mule Gun Is On The Yak

Advantages: Very readable account of a place that is only now changing
Disadvantages: None

Michel Peissel was a Frenchman. I automatically wrote "was" on the bland assumption that he is probably dead by now. He is, I checked. He died in Paris in 2011 at the age of 74. None of which is of interest. What is of interest is that one da ...

hiker 15.06.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Mustang A Lost Tibetan Kingdom - Michel Peissel

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Riding the Rails the Indian Way

Advantages: A very readable and honest account of her travels
Disadvantages: Needs a map to put things into context

Going Back to Her Roots Monisha Rajesh’s parents left India and moved to the UK where she and her brother were born. The family attempted to move back to India whilst Monisha and her brother were children, two decades before the book is set, but it di ...

koshkha 27.04.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Around India in 80 Trains - Monisha Rajesh

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