Travel books round-up - June 2012

New books from Hardeep Singh Kohli, Samanth Subramanian and Terry Darlington

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Travel books round-up - June 2012

He may be a man of Glasgow, but Hardeep Singh Kohli knows a thing or two about travelling around London. In The 38 Bus: A Love Song to a Bus Route (Unbound) he pours out the emotions he has for the route which has served the capital for a century, taking in the East End, Soho and Covent Garden. In Samanth Subramanian’s Following Fish: Travels Around the Indian Coast (Atlantic), her journey has her investigating everything from the use of fish to treat asthmatics in Hyderabad to the ancient art of building fishing boats in Gujarat. The book aims to reveal an unknown India.

Terry Darlington’s Narrow Dog to Wigan Pier (Bantam Press) features the quest undertaken by the author and his similarly septuagenarian wife Monica as they popped into a new canal boat and headed north to Liverpool, Lancaster, the Pennines and Wigan Pier. Among the supporting cast are their dogs, Jim (with his broken ear like a flat cap), and Jess (known with good reason as the Flying Catastrophe).

UK folk legend Mike Harding shunts his way into the travel section with The VW Camper Van: A Biography (Aurum). He tells the tale of the vehicle which was invented immediately after the war and became the transport mode of choice for West Coast hippies and Australian surf bums. Sophie Kinghill and Jennifer Westwood’s area of interest is The Fabled Coast: Legends and Traditions from the Seas and Shores of Britain and Ireland (Random House). They ask such questions as: did the monstrous Kraken ever exist? Did a Welsh prince discover America centuries before Columbus? And what happened to the missing crew of the Mary Celeste?

Aboyne and Deeside Festival

A small yet diverse festival that offers an eclectic selection of classical, folk and contemporary music, politics, thought, art, drama, literature and film. The 2016 festival includes Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis, the Deeside orchestra, local poet Eddie Gibbons, travel writer Malachy…

Indian Takeaway with Hardeep Singh Kohli

Hardeep mixes food, chat and comedy in a delicious show, during which he orders a curry live on stage, then races against time to cook his own before the takeaway arrives.

Hardeep Singh Kohli: The Nearly Naked Chef

Broadcaster, writer, cook and Glaswegian Sikh Hardeep Singh Kohli combines comedy and anecdotes with inventive cuisine in an extended version of his earlier show The Nearly Naked Chef, which debuted at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He started his career on the radio and still dominates the airwaves, making…

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