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The back of beyond : travels to the wild places of the earth
Yeadon, David.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [1991]

Physical Description:
449 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
General Note:
Maps on lining papers.
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G440.Y42 Y42 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
G440.Y42 Y42 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

Yeadon's travels, whether in New Jersey or on the other side of the globe, never seem to lack for adventure or a colorful cast of extras. A romantic traveler, Yeadon is often driven by an image from a book or the inspiration of a fellow voyager. A ramble along the bog-strewn Pennine Way of middle England, a visit to the Hebrides, an incursion into the Amazonian jungles, and boar hunting in Iran are among the journeys he describes. These 20 pieces, each accompanied by a sketch by the author, are full of excitement, marvelous sights, and exceptional people who have aided--or hindered--Yeadon on his travels. Among the author's previous enticing travel books is Secluded Islands of the Atlantic Coast. ~--Denise Perry Donavin

Publisher's Weekly Review

The author of Backroad Journeys of Southern Europe here offers a selection of his ``personal best'' adventures in travel diary form. Yeadon is a seeker of ``places that possess an essential integrity and centeredness''--but he's often content to stop for a chat in a pub in Yorkshire or tea in a yurt in Inner Mongolia or in a Haitian voodoo shrine. The 20 destinations in this collection yield decidedly native thrills in (mostly) Asia, the British Isles and the Caribbean. Like-minded adventure travelers will enjoy getting there with Yeadon, who journeys with a cheerful, transcendent eye and a steady spirit. Illustrated. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This British writer now living in the United States has compiled a number of guidebooks. Here he collects 20 accounts of his visits to mostly remote destinations on four continents. He writes of cockfighting in Haiti, train rides in India and China, a camel journey in Morocco, and some jungle hiking adventures. He tells a good story and is particularly adept at capturing the dialog of interesting people he meets along the way. Included are Yeadon's own pen-and-ink sketches. The only element lacking is some kind of unifying theme or focus; no attempt is made to link these accounts. Skillful travel writing suitable for larger travel collections.-- Harold M. Otness, Southern Oregon State Coll. Lib., Ashland (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.