Tim Ecott asks fellow travel writers which books are helping them to spread their wings and escape the lockdown – in their imaginations at least
Editor of The Faber Book of Exploration
I’m rereading William Fiennes’ The Snow Geese, a glorious quest by the author, who had been confined by poor health, in search of the strangely enigmatic birds. “I wanted to spread my wings,” he writes, and so begins his flight from his sick bed. Slowly, his journey with the migrating flocks brings him back to life. I’m also enjoying Epic Continent: Adventures in the Great Stories of Europe by Nicholas Jubber. He takes us on a fascinating excursion through the epic poems that have knitted together European history, from Beowulf to the Icelandic sagas to the Odyssey, and it’s compelling stuff.