Books to inspire your travels

Like a good book, private aviation can take you anywhere you want to go

VistaJet has commissioned leading bookshop Heywood Hill to curate a library for all tastes and time frames for each one of our aircraft – a collection of literature from authors of the past and present.

Today, we have chosen 8 books from our library to inspire your travels.

Fishing Stories, Henry Hughes
Around the World in 80 Days

Jules Verne

One night in the reform club, Phileas Fogg bets his companions that he can travel across the globe in just eighty days. Breaking the well-established routine of his daily life, he immediately sets off for Dover with his astonished valet Passepartout. Passing through exotic lands and dangerous locations, they seize whatever transportation is at hand – whether train or elephant – overcoming set-backs and always racing against the clock.

Fishing Stories, Henry Hughes
Going Solo

Roald Dahl

The action-packed sequel to ‘Boy’ is a tale of Dahl's exploits as a World War II pilot. Told with the irresistible appeal that has made Roald Dahl one the world's best-loved writers, ‘Going Solo’ brings you directly into the action and into the mind of this fascinating man.

Fishing Stories, Henry Hughes
William Morris in Iceland: Questions of Travel

Lavinia Greenlaw

Lavinia Greenlaw's selection from Morris's Icelandic Journal (possibly the best musings on travel written by an English poet) is interposed with her own 'questions of travel', following the footprints of Morris's prose and responding to its surfaces and undercurrents, extending its horizons. The result is a composite work which brilliantly explores our conflicted reasons for not staying at home.

Fishing Stories, Henry Hughes
Poems for Travellers

Paul Theroux

A collection of travel poetry composed by real travelers, weekending tourists, feverish fantasists, bluffers, dreamers, brave adventurers and resolute stay-at-homes. It succeeds in what poetry does best – inspires and consoles, reminds us of who we are, where we’ve been, and where we might want to go next.

Fishing Stories, Henry Hughes
Shadow City: A Woman Walks to Kabul

Taran Khan

For most Indians, Kabul is a city that is near, yet far-familiar, yet unknown. When Taran Khan arrived in Kabul in the spring of 2006, five years after the overthrow of the Taliban regime, she was earnestly cautioned never to walk. Her instincts compelled her to do the opposite: to take that precarious first step and enter the life of the city with the unique, tactile intimacy that comes from being a walker. She didn't stop until 2013, when she returned to India.

Fishing Stories, Henry Hughes
Great Cities Through Travellers’ Eyes

Peter Furtado

This entertaining new anthology includes travelers’ tales from thirty-eight cities spread over six continents, ranging from Beijing to Berlin, Cairo to Chicago, and Rio to Rome. Each account provides both a vivid portrait of a distant place and time and an insight into those who journeyed there. The result is a book that delves into the splendors and stories that exist beyond conventional guidebooks and websites.

Fishing Stories, Henry Hughes
On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Road Trip

Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux has spent his life crisscrossing the globe in search of the histories and peoples that give life to the places they call home. Now, as immigration debates boil around the world, Theroux has set out to explore a country key to understanding our current discourse: Mexico.

Fishing Stories, Henry Hughes
Journeys in the Wild: The Secret Life of a Cameraman

Gavin Thurston

From journeys into the deepest depths of the Antarctic Ocean and the wide expanse of the Saharan deserts, to the peaks of the Himalayas and the wild forests of the Congo, Gavin's experiences describe much more than just the incredible array of animals he's filmed. He invites you to come inside the cameraman's hidden world and discover the hours spent patiently waiting for the protagonists to appear; the inevitable dangers in the wings and the challenges faced and overcome; and the heart-warming, life-affirming moments the cameras miss as well as capture.

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