Top ten road trips in books
As we move into a new year, our thoughts often turn towards planning for a holiday. Whether you travel by car or on foot, how about a road trip, this year? The following ten books – some fiction, some non-fiction – might give you some inspiration!
- The Remainder (2018) Alia Trabucco Zerán (transl. Sophie Hughes). Set in Chile, one generation after the Pinochet era. Feilipe and Iquela go in search of a coffin. Black comedy with elegiac and sensual language. Literary fiction.
- Company of Liars (2008) Karen Maitland. The Canterbury Tales retold. Each of the motley crew of plague refugees has a story to tell. Each has a secret. Historical fiction.
- Riddley Walker (1998) Russell Hoban. Set in post-apocalyptic England. As 12-year-old Riddley steps outside the confines of his small world, he finds himself caught up in intrigue and a frantic quest for power. Audiobook recommended. Speculative fiction.
- The Salt Path (2018) Raynor Winn. Shortly after the author’s husband is diagnosed with a terminal disease, they lose their home. On impulse, they decide to walk the coastal path from Somerset to Dorset. Memoir.
- The Drive (2013) Tyler Keevil. A call from his Czech girlfriend catapults Trevor into a serious crisis. Desperate to get his mojo back, he blazes down Highway 99 in a rented Dodge Neon. Fiction.
- The Lincoln Highway (2021) Amor Towles. Emmett is released early from a young offenders’ work farm due to the death of his farmer father. With his mother long gone and the farm repossessed, all he has left is his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and a dream to start a new life in California. But Emmett doesn’t reckon on two friends from the work farm with an entirely different plan. A classic tale of friendship and reckoning in Fifties Americana. Literary fiction.
- A Walk in the Woods (2006) Bill Bryson. Bryson steps up to the challenge of walking the 2,190+ mile Appalachian Trail. Humorous Travelogue.
- The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (2012) Rachel Joyce. A letter from a former colleague sets Harold on a trip spanning the length of Britain. Fiction.
- On the Road (1957) Jack Kerouac. Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty roam the United States in a quest for self-knowledge & experience. Quintessential Beat Generation. Autobiography.
- Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (1971) Hunter S Thompson. A drug-soaked weekend rampage. Gonzo journalism.