Melbourne Writers Festival 2014 – Reading list of Tony Wheeler and Don George

I made the great decision of attending a few sessions of the Melbourne Writers Festival over the weekend, and being obsessed with books, writing and travelling, it was money very well spent. There were a heap of sessions that I wanted to attend, but time and budget constraints meant I had to narrow down the pretty long list I originally had. I was most keen on food and travel writing sessions, but because the food writing sessions were at times I couldn’t attend, I ended up choosing two travel writing sessions – Reading On The Road, and the morning Book Passage session.

On Friday night, I attended the Reading On The Road session with Tony Wheeler (co-founder of Lonely Planet) and Don George (travel writer extraordinaire), discussing their favourite travel writers and books. It was the perfect session for me, because I’ve been collecting and reading a ton of travel books lately, and was so excited to find out what some of the greatest minds in travel writing had been reading. More coming on that session over the next few days, but what I thought I’d post this morning was something special I took away from that session – the reading lists of Tony Wheeler and Don George. I have this list now saved to my phone so that I can start to hunt these books down when I visit my favourite book stores. Also, I must add that this is not the complete list – I’m pretty sure I missed a couple of books while I was furiously scribbling away, but I did my best!!

  • Naples ’44 – Norman Lewis
  • The Snow Leopard – Peter Matthiessen
  • Swallows & Amazons – Arthur Ransome
  • Le Petit Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Paddle To The Sea – Holling C Holling
  • The Great Railway Bazaar – Paul Theroux
  • A Walk In The Woods – Bill Bryson
  • Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe – Bill Bryson
  • The Lost Continent – Bill Bryson
  • A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush – Eric Newby
  • The Inland Sea – Donald Ritchie
  • The Lady and the Monk – Pico Iyer
  • Pass the Butterworms – Tim Cahill
  • The Road to Oxiana – Robert Byron
  • Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  • Blood River – Tim Butcher
  • Radio Congo – Ben Rawlence

11 thoughts on “Melbourne Writers Festival 2014 – Reading list of Tony Wheeler and Don George

  1. The Melbourne Writers Festival is great, I’ve been to other sessions. This travel one sounds fantastic. Interesting he put Le Petit Prince on the list, I studied this in French class at school, a fantastic book!

      1. I went to Anita Heiss’ writer’s talk this time and have a few more on the list to go to. It was really interesting and a fantastic event. I’ve also done a travel writing session with Tom Doig (also at the festival) which was great. I love travel and writing 🙂

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