A Merry Dance Around the World With Eric Newby

by Eric Newby

On Sale: 28/03/2013



About the Book

A collection of writing from Britain's best-loved travel writer, ‘A Merry Dance around the World’ is the culmination of a lifetime of adventure.

A collection of writing from eleven books by Britain's best-loved travel writer, A Merry Dance around the World is the culmination of a lifetime's adventures, from the birth of Eric Newby in 1919 at the 'ghastly hour' of 3.45am, to Herculean cycling escapades in his seventies through the wiles of the Irish winter. An astonishing catalogue of disasters and misunderstandings, Newby's compassionate grace and sharp wit ensure that every adventure is as charming, hilarious and wild as his last.

Including extracts from his masterpiece of love and courage in wartime, Love and War in the Apennines, travelling epiphanies against the breathtaking backdrop of A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush and the memorable excursions of the long-suffering and truly heroic Wanda Newby on bikes, in boats and planning daring prison escapes. A brilliant introduction for any Newby newcomer, or handy collection for the intrepid Newby veteran traveller, A Merry Dance around the World is a whirlwind tour around the globe, guided by the forefather of the modern comic travel book.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780007404186
  • ISBN 10: 0007404182
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 28/03/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • List Price: 10.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: Lifestyle, sport & leisure / Classic travel writing


Born in 1910 he made his first journey in 1938 when he sailed as an apprentice in the last Grain Race from Europe to Australia. He was captured during World War II and was a POW from 1942-5. After the war he entered the fashion business and book publishing. Whatever else he was doing, he always travelled on a grand scale, either under his own steam or as Travel Editor of the Observer.

More about the author

Other Works by Eric Newby

The Last Grain Race

by Eric Newby

What the Traveller Saw

by Eric Newby

Departures and Arrivals

by Eric Newby

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