Posted by: Ciaran | January 24, 2010

In my case – A good book

When you’re travelling, you’ve often got plenty of time on your hands.  Whether you’re waiting for a connecting flight or stuck on a train for six hours, a good book will always nullify the pain of the time spent hanging around.  Below are my ‘top ten’ books that I’ve read whilst travelling; feel free to add some of your own in the comments below.

  1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  2. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  3. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  4. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  5. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
  6. Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
  7. On The Road by Jack Kerouac
  8. The Sound of Laughter by Peter Kay
  9. Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss
  10. House of Dolls by Ka-Tzetnik 135633


  1. I read A Passage to India while actually in India. It was incredible, really brought the whole book to life being there as a tourist. On The Road while teaching in a Spanish seminary didn’t quite hit the same spot..

  2. I usually read something light-hearted when I’m on holiday, but the most memorable travel book I’ve come across yet is “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini. It is all-consuming and transports you to another world; you’d be hard pressed not to become emotionally involved in the characters’ stories.

    I’ can also strongly recommend Hosseini’s first novel, “The Kite Runner”.

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