A round-up of books published of late that I’ve co-authored or contributed to is, I fear, a little overdue…
Already out on the shelves is the latest edition of Lonely Planet Peru, a title I’ve been working on since 2009 – over three editions. I produced the Amazon Basin and Central Andes chapters of the guide this time round.
And perhaps for the first time, the Central Andes in particular really feels like a viable and vibrant destination for tourists. Why? Well, there’s a great new back route up into the middle of the mountains that’s just become way more accessible, and the chapter now includes previously overlooked destinations such as Andahuaylas. As for that rainforest, writing about all things jungle-related is one of my greatest passions, and there are plenty of new adventures awaiting in the book on the Peruvian Amazon, I can assure you!
This month has also seen the publication of a couple of new reference books I’ve contributed to.
First up is the wonderful Food Trails – published by Lonely Planet and featuring 50 of the best culinary-themed tours in the world. I was privileged to contribute to this with an entire chapter devoted to the foodie delights of the UK’s West Country. I was, after all, reared in Somerset, and it’s been great to observe how the food scene has exploded there over the last decade. Being able to showcase this in an experiential journey to the most iconic culinary enterprises in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall was the “icing on the cake” or, let’s say, the cream on top of the cream tea.
The second title out this month that I’ve written a section of is Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017. I’ve contributed to this annual title epitomising the latest travel trends for each of the last seven years. My work in this year’s edition is on Moscow’s preparations for celebrating 100 years since the Russian Revolution.