The story goes that there’s an extra dinner guest at every meal. He’s invisible, but always there. He has a plate, glass, knife and fork. Every so often he appears, casts his shadow over the table, and erases one of those present. The Dinner Guest is a great novel, with the feel of documentary non-fiction.
Today’s BOTW is a passionate contribution to the debate on race, privilege and nationality. Go, Went, Gone showcases one of the great contemporary European writers at the height of her powers.
We have another Australian book for today’s Book of the World. It’s Salt by Bruce Pascoe who is the author of Dark Emu. This is a collection of essays and short stories. Definitely worth a read.
Because we can’t travel, let’s live vicariously through others. Today’s Book of the World is Stephen Fry in America. Have you read it?
Today’s Book of the World is a cheerful and amusing story of Bill Bryson travelling around Australia. It’s Down Under. Have you got a favourite Billy Bryson book?
The Only Way is West is a travel book that draws you in from page one. It’s a story of befriending fabulous people and witnessing the kindness of humans. Do you have a favourite travel book?
I remember when this book came out, it took the world by storm, everyone was reading it and made many think about their life choices. It’s Eat Pray Love. Which was your favourite part?
The Whale Rider is a story of ancient customs, birthrights and breaking with convention. This New Zealand story by Witi Ihimaera still resonates in our world today. Have you read it?
Through an epic journey through a land of tribal superstition and modern prejudice a boy learns the power of words, the power to transform lives, and the power of one. Today’s Book of the the World is The Power of One. Have you read it?
Okay, so we know today’s Book of the World is a little bit of a tease as we are all staying safe at home and not travelling, but if you fancy a bit of travel writing, then this is for you. The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.