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Give me the world
Hadley, Leila.
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First St. Martin's Press edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
viii, 343 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
Originally published: New York : Simon and Schuster, 1958.

"Thomas Dunne Book."
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G440 .H13 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
G440 .H13 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The author of many travel books, along with her six-year-old son Kippy, share their experiences as they set off for the Far East, and around the world on a sailboat named California.

Author Notes

Travel writer Leila Hadley grew up in Greenvale, N.Y., graduated from St. Timothy's School in Stevenson, Maryland, and declined a scholarship to Radcliffe in order to get married. After divorcing her first husband, she found work in the public relations field first with the cartoonist Al Capp and then for The Howdy Doody Show. In 1951, she left on a two-year trip around the world aboard a schooner, which provided her with the material for her first book Give Me the World. She went on to write a series of guidebooks for travelers with children including How to Travel with Children in Europe (1963), Fielding's Guide to Traveling with Children in Europe (1972) and Traveling with Children in the U.S.A. (1976). She also wrote A Journey with Elsa Cloud, Tibet 20 Years after the Chinese Takeover, and A Garden by the Sea. She was an editor at Diplomat magazine and a cartoon editor at The Saturday Evening Post. She died on February 10, 2009 at the age of 83.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In the 1950s, Hadley (A Journey with Elsa Cloud), then a disaffected 25-year-old New Yorker, set off to see the globe with her six-year-old son. This memorable book, out of print for more than a quarter century, records in clear, attentive, deliberately personal prose Hadley's impressions ofÄand misadventures inÄHong Kong, Manila, Bangkok and Singapore, for starters. The emotional core of the book emerges when Hadley signs on to the four-man schooner California, and so learns about seamanship and camaraderie. Hadley, her son, the men of the schooner and their big dog make their way across the waters to Malaysia, where Hadley witnesses Thaipusam, the Tamil festival of repentance and body-piercing. A voyage ensues to the South Pacific islands, where "the first European lady to set foot on the shores of Nancowry" observes beautiful polychromatic corals, bored Indian traders and the "plump and pleasant-looking" queen. In India, Hadley encounters Buddhist ascetics, ancient spires, the Taj Mahal andÄdisarminglyÄthe young Indira Gandhi: "Her toenails were unblemished and smooth, glossily pink like the inside lip of a seashell." Pakistan, Dubai, Iraq, Lebanon and Malta complete the remarkable odyssey. Offering both an impressive panorama of Asia in the '50s, and a briskly engaging account of self-discovery, Hadley's memoir strikingly anticipates the current genre of women's adventure-travel books, and stands with the best of them. B&w photos. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved