Historic recordings by major travel writers of the 20th century

The British Library releases a collection of historic recordings by major travel writers of the 20th century.

The British Library has  released a new 2CD set of recordings, The Spoken Word: Travel Writers. The latest in the highly-acclaimed series, ‘The Spoken Word’, this set brings together a selection of previously unreleased historic BBC broadcasts of major travel writers discussing their lives and their art, together with two rare live recordings made by the British Library. None of these recordings have been published before.

‘The lure of exploration still continues to be one of the strongest lodestars of the human spirit, and will be so while there is the rim of an unknown horizon, in this world or the next.’

Freya Stark

The collection includes many of the major names of travel writing and exploration in the 20th century. In addition to Hussey and Moorhouse, the speakers include Peter Fleming, Laurie Lee, Ella Maillart, Eric Newby, Sacheverell Sitwell, Freya Stark, Wilfred Thesiger, Laurens van der Post, Rosita Forbes and Jan Morris. Laurens van der Post is heard in a live recording made at the Royal Geographical Society making an impassioned plea on behalf of the Bushmen of the Kalahari and Jan Morris in a live recording reading an extract from her book Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere.

The Spoken Word: Travel Writers is published by the British Library on 28 March 2012, price £16.00. The set comprises 2 discs, containing 12 recordings, duration 150 minutes (ISBN 978 0 7123 5109 6). The recordings are copyright of the BBC or the British Library Board.

The CD set is available from the British Library Shop (tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7735 / e-mail: bl-bookshop@bl.uk) and online at www.bl.uk/shop as well as other bookshops throughout the UK.

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