A collection of original travel stories told by some of the world's best novelists, including Isabel Allende, Keri Hulme, Peter Matthiessen, Alexander McCall Smith, Joyce Carol Oates, Tea Obreht and DBC Pierre.
Exhilaratingly varied in place, plot, and voice, these tales all share one common characteristic: They manifest a passion for the precious gifts that travel confers, from its unexpected but inevitably enriching lessons about other peoples and places to the truths - sometimes uncomfortable but always enlarging - it reveals about ourselves.
'... a brilliant collection of travel stories ... threaded with great warmth, as readers are invited to travel in the company of these famous authors and experience their passions and revelations.' Bookseller+Publisher
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Perceptive Travel, September 2013 A fine anthology, with numerous fiction writers from Australia and New Zealand joining their colleagues from the UK and the US. Alaskan Apple Users Group Blog, February 7, 2013 "Better Than Fiction" is a fun collection of travel tales, that I enjoyed reading a few at a time, each joyously took me away from the daily world into a far away place with a few laughs along the way. A Traveler s Library, January 18, 2013 The best of the essays are very personal experiences with meticulous description of place. Gadling, January 7, 2013 For anyone who considers themselves a voracious consumer of travel writing, "Better Than Fiction" will make for a refreshing and illuminating read. . . . Great travel storytelling, like the work showcased in "Better Than Fiction", reminds us that ultimately discovering the truth about the places we visit involves more than just restating the facts. Midwest Book Review, January 2013 Isabel Allende, Joyce Carol Oates, and more provide warm and lovely stories from an account of an adventure off the beaten path in Malawai to visiting San Quentin Prison and chasing missionaries in far-away regions of Asia. The result is a powerful survey highly recommended for any literary travel collection.
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