Some of the extraordinary women whose writings are included in this collection are observers of the world in which they wander; their prose rich in description, remarkable in detail. Mary McCarthy conveys the vitality of Florence while Willa Cather's essay on Lavandou foreshadows her descriptions of the French countryside in later novels. Others are more active participants in the culture they are visiting, such as Leila Philip, as she harvests rice with chiding Japanese women, or Emily Carr, who wins the respect and trust of the female chieftain of a village in Northern Canada. Whether it is curiosity about the world, a thirst for adventure or escape from personal tragedy, all of these women are united in that they approached their journeys with wit, intelligence, compassion and empathy for the lives of those they encountered along the way.
'A volume in which rich and unexpected seams of precious minerals await discovery' Guardian 'Attractive and engrossing anthology of women's travel writing' Independent
Mary Morris and Larry O'Connor have both travelled extensively throughout the world, both alone and together. They live together with their daughter, Kate.