The Rayburn Book Club – Recommended Reads for Geography Lovers

Jul 28, 2017


RECOMMENDED SUMMER READS FOR GEOGRAPHY LOVERS

The summer holidays are here and now’s the time to escape: to the beach, to the mountains or to the world of a good book!

As a team of geography enthusiasts, we’ve always got a good geography book on the go and we wanted to share some of our favourites with you.

So put the kettle on, pull up a chair and tuck into one of our top summer reads…

THE SNOW LEOPARD, PETER MATTHIESSEN

Writer and explorer, Peter Matthiessen, set out with field biologist George Schaller to journey 250 miles through the Himalayas to the Crystal Mountain on the Tibetan plateau in the hope to catch a glimpse of the elusive snow leopard. The Snow Leopard is not only an exquisite book of natural history but is an extraordinary account of an inner journey.

JAZZ, TONI MORRISON

Jazz fluctuates between 1920s Harlem and mid-19th century American South in an exploration of migration and identity. The novel encapsulates a sense of ‘homelessness’ and fluidity of place as characters struggle to establish their roots and connection to their habitat.

LANDMARKS, ROBERT MACFARLANE

Landmarks is a fantastic meditation on words, landscape and the relationship between the two. Travelling from Cumbria to the Cairngorms, Macfarlane explores the power of language in shaping our sense of place.

NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND,

BILL BRYSON

Comical, witty and outrageously British, Notes from a Small Island is a social commentary that explores the whole gamut of modern-day Britain, representing its charms and absurdities in equal measure. If you haven’t already travelled around Britain with Bill Bryson, we encourage you to do so.

THE GRAPES OF WRATH, JOHN STEINBECK

Set during the Great Depression, The Grapes of Wrath follows a family of tenant farmers driven from their home in Oklahoma by drought, economic hardship, agricultural industry changes and bank foreclosures forcing tenant farmers out of work. Setting out for California, along with thousands of others, they seek jobs, land, dignity and a future.

Find more of our recommended reads on our blog!