Looking for some literary inspiration. I read quite a wide range of genres though not keen on chick lit or those crime scene type ones. I love reading John Irving, Anne Tyler, Haruki Murakami and Iris Murdoch and other contemporary fiction. Also love travel writing (News From Tartary by Peter Fleming my all time favourite). Would love to have your recommendations!
Have a look through the 50 Book threads on here. You'll find masses of recommended books on there and then you'll be back moaning that your tbr pile is out of control - like the rest of us . Seriously, though, I've picked up loads of ideas from there.
Have you tried Gerald Durrell's books? The serious travel ones are fascinating, and the ones with his family in, telling about his childhood, are hilarious. Gervaise Phinn is good for literal "laugh out loud" autobiography too, but be warned his fictional "all the lonely people " is heartbreaking so don't get them mixed up!
In which case you might like Maggie O'Farrell's This must be the place, as it is a good story, well written, with lots of travel.
The last book I read was Eden Gardens by Louise Brown which I really enjoyed - set in Calcutta at the end of the Raj, really well written and just a good story. And it just transports you in time and place....