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Read the World (part 2)

Back in August 2022, I published a guide to travelling the world without leaving your favourite reading spot.

This year, I wanted to go a little further, by producing and sharing my reading 'bucket list' - and here it is! How? Why? What next? How can YOU help?

Read on ...


The idea was prompted by the fact that my girlfriend's currently enjoying a few weeks in Australia and New Zealand. I was curious to see which, if any, authors I had read from those countries, and it all snowballed from there ...

I've been keeping off my reading for well over a decade, so a couple of hours delving into that, and some searching, and these are the stamps on my literary passport. my basic criteria is that the author must have been born in that country, or have citizenship of it. For the inquisitive amongst you, I've listed the countries and at least one qualifying author at the end of this post.

So, how can you help? Whilst I'm not setting any hard targets for this, it would be great to be able to update you at the beginning of 2025 with lots of countries ticked off. There are some obvious gaps in Africa and Asia ... which authors do YOU recommend? Get in touch!

Here are the places I've 'visited' so far ...


France - Françoise Sagan

Germany - Patrick Süskind

Italy - Dante Alighieri

Ireland - Seamus Heaney

Norway - Jo Nesbo

Poland - Stanislaw Lem

Russia - Boris Akunin

Spain - Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Sweden - John Ajvide Lindqvist

Ukraine - Andrey Kurkov

UK - William Shakespeare, etc


Canada - Margaret Atwood

Dominican Republic - Junot Díaz

Mexico - Silvia Moreno-Garcia

United States - Raymond Chandler, etc


Brazil - João Ubaldo Ribeiro

Columbia - Gabriel Garcia Márquez

Guyana - John Agard

Peru - Mario Vargas Llosa


China -Cixin Liu

India - Aravind Adiga

Iraq -Jim Al-Khalili

Japan - Seishi Yokomizo


Algeria - Albert Camus

Nigeria - Oyinkan Braithwaite

South Africa - Antony Sher

Zambia -Wilbur Smith


Australia -Germaine Greer

New Zealand - Katherine Mansfield

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