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Five more books to read for a (fictional) summer holiday

Helena Game

Keen to travel but it’s just not an option at the moment?

Books are an excellent way to imagine you’re somewhere exotic, while you’re actually stuck in the daily grind.

Here are five books to help you pretend that you’re somewhere else for a little while. And who knows, it just might give you some inspiration for when you do get away…

TURN RIGHT AT MACHU PICCHU: REDISCOVERING THE LOST CITY ONE STEP AT A TIME BY MARK ADAMS

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Re-trace Hiram Bingham III’s discovery of Machu Picchu in 1911, as Mark Adams takes his first real adventure, after years of just writing about them. A great read for anybody who has ever dreamed of seeing Machu Picchu and wants to learn more about it, in an engaging and funny way.

KITCHEN BY BANANA YOSHIMOTO

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Transport yourself to Japan, and get lost in a story of love, tragedy and family, through two women finding their way through life’s challenges.

The comforts of home, especially the kitchen, are centre stage in this novel, along with themes that transcend the boundaries of any country.

LOVE WITH A CHANCE OF DROWNING BY TORRE DEROCHE

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This is the story of Torre DeRoche, and how she overcomes a morbid fear of deep water so that she can accompany her partner on a year-long sailing trip across the Pacific Ocean.

This one is perfect for those who want romance, adventure and humour all in one, and maybe even something a little relatable, as we follow DeRoche as she encounters the challenges (and reaps the rewards) of taking a risk.

THE GREAT RAILWAY BAZAAR BY PAUL THEROUX

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Image via penguin.com.au

Transport yourself back to the seventies, and follow Theroux as he travels from London, across Europe, and through Asia and India, on iconic trains such as the Orient Express, the Mandalay Express, and the Golden Arrow.

Read this book to immerse yourself in the romanticism of railway travel – before it was cool.

VENICE BY JAN MORRIS

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Image via www.faber.co.uk

Find yourself in Venice as Morris opens up the city, its people, and its architecture in beautiful detail, describing her experience of the famous city from World War II onwards. An oldie but a goodie, this one is often lauded as the best travel book ever written, so give it a go and see for yourself! (Get ready to be obsessed with Venice though).

Read the first of our ‘Five Books for a (Fictional) Summer Holiday’ here

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Helena Game

Helena is a wannabe journalist studying Communications and Journalism at the University of Canberra. Canberra born and bred, she is hopelessly in love with writing, stories and travel. She recently wrote her way around Japan for a creative writing study tour, and spent another two weeks in the Middle East on a journalism exchange, both of which have left her with a proper case of the post-travel blues. While she plots her next adventure, Helena is hoping to gain as much industry experience as humanly possible, and somehow finish her degree at the same time. More about the Author

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