Paul Theroux, the celebrated travel writer, discusses Dark Star Safari next Sunday at 4pm on Radio 4 book club with James Naughtie. The book is his account of an overland journey from Cairo to Cape Town, which he made 35 years after first living as a volunteer teacher in Malawi in the early 60s.
In the programme he talks about the pleasures and hazards of travelling across countries that many consider no-go areas. He recalls the joy of wild camping by the little known pyramids of the Sudan, the peril of being shot at on the road, and how the continent has changed since he first knew it as a young man. He explains his theories on western aid, and how he manages the rigours of travelling. He says it’s best to travel light and alone, with an open mind, a willingness to make friends – and to never forget a paperback.
The next book to be discussed on the Radio 2 Book Club will be The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.
Set in a world in which the rotation of the earth is gradually slowing down, and periods of daylight and darkness are growing longer, The Guardian describes the book as “a delicate and emotionally sophisticated coming-of-age tale” but laments the “sci-fi oafishness” of the central concept. Intrigued? Find out more about the book, and download an extract, from the Book Club website.
You can catch the book club on Monday 25th June from 18.00, as part of Simon Mayo’s 17.00 – 19.00 Drivetime show. If you missed previous shows, including discussion of Gold by Chris Cleave and Mark Haddon’s The Red House, you can catch up via the website.
The next book to be discussed on the Radio 2 Book Club will be Gold by Chris Cleave.
Gold is set against the run up to the London Olympics, and the gold of the title is being contested by two young female cyclists. It is described by the Booktopia website as being about, “love, friendship, loyalty, ambition, sacrifice and courage”, and by Radio 2 as a “physical and emotional journey.” If that sounds like your cup of tea, find out more about the book, and download an extract, from the Book Club website.
You can catch the book club on Monday 11th June from 18.00, as part of Simon Mayo’s 17.00 – 19.00 Drivetime show. If you missed previous shows, including discussion of Mark Haddon’s The Red House, and Snake Ropes by Jess Richards, you can catch up via the website.