A Book of First Pages

With leaving hearth, home and country in the forefront of my mind, I’m starting a new project based on our beloved bookcase.

I will draw/trace into a book all of the first pages from all the travel or adventure or journey books my partner and I own.  Ranging from true adventure novels to ‘coming-of-age’ journeys, I’ve been fairly inclusive with the titles, and each of these books speaks to me of some sort of change or transformation.  What follows is a list of titles and a couple of explanations … and before you ask, no, I haven’t read them all.

Batting on the Bosphorus, Before the Wind

The Catcher on the Rye (because the first scene is of him running away from school), The Cave of the Cyclops (a single chapter we have (not sure why) from Homer’s Odyssey), The Colour of Heaven

Duck, Death and the Tulip

Great Expectations, The Great War for Civilisation, Gulliver’s Travels

Here Comes Another Vital Moment, The Hobbit, Homage to Catalonia

In Great Waters, It’s All About the Bike (because what better mode of transport?)

Kidnapped, Kidnapped (we have two versions)

The Last Continent, Lolita (because they meander around in the old jalopy), The Lord of the Rings

Mister Pip, Moby Dick, Monstrous Regiment, My Name Was Judas (because Jesus and his disciples were pretty good walkers), Mysteries on the High Seas

On The Road (how could this list be without it?)



Sailing Alone Around the World, Saving Fish From Drowning, The Secret Garden (because the lasting impression I had from this book was the comparisons between India and England), Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Science Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe (honestly, only because it has a cool-looking hot-air-balloon-space-ship on the front), Small Boat Sailing (because it’s another cool mode of transport), Somewhere East of Suez

The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse, Treasure Island, The Two Towers

White Teeth, The Wind in the Willows (because a sense of spring urges Mole from his hole), The Wishing Tree, Witches Abroad

– Gabrielle



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