Synopses & Reviews
We've all dreamt of escaping to a House Somewhere. In this collection some of the finest names in contemporary travel writing reveal the perils and pleasures of exchanging the familiar for the foreign.
Isabel Allende discovers love and paradise in California, Pico Iyer finds home in Japan amidst the alien and indecipherable, and a dank barge on the Seine opens up a new side of Paris for Mort Rosenblum.
Revealing the flip side to the dream, relocating to the juicy heart of New York proves fiery for Lily Brett, Chris Stewart is frightened for his life in Andalucia, and the plumbing in William Dalrymple's rooftop Delhi flat is held to ransom by his water-conserving landlady.
Whether you yearn to run away and join a Mexican circus or simply settle in a quiet rural village somewhere in a Mediterranean land, the dream of a pied a terre in an exotic locale is almost universal. These true tales -- including original pieces by some of the world's best travel writers -- cast that dream in a whole new light. Delightfully funny or achingly poignant, the experiences recounted in A House Somewhere demonstrate the perils and the pleasures of forsaking the everyday grind for the unknown.
Table of Contents
Home thoughts from abroad / Jan Morris -- A home in 'Paradise' / Isabel Allende -- The alien home, from The global soul / Pico Iyer -- Tiwarik and Kansulay, from Playing with water / James Hamilton-Paterson -- February, from A year in Provence / Peter Mayle -- Festina tarde (make haste slowly), from Under the Tuscan sun / Frances Mayes -- from City of Djinns / William Dalrymple -- from O come ye back to Ireland / Niall Willaims and Christine Breen -- Digging Mr. Benny's dead uncle / Rolf Potts -- Troppo gentile, from Italian neighbours / Tim Parks -- At home on the Seine / Mort Rosenblum -- Tenmangu, from Lost Japan / Alex Kerr -- from Dinner of herbs / Carla Grissmann -- A co-op building, from New York / Lily Brett -- A house in the Casbah / Jeffrey Tayler -- The visit, from On Mexican time / Tony Cohan -- The year Brunetto il Picolo fell in love, from La bella vita / Vida Adamoli -- from Extra virgin / Annie Hawes -- Waiting for Juan, from A parrot in the pepper tree / Chris Stewart -- Lataifa, from In an antique land / Amitav Ghosh -- Aloft in Paris / Karl Taro Greenfeld -- Chinese life, from River town / Peter Hessler -- A love-scene after work: writing in the tropics, from Sunrise with seamonsters / Paul Theroux -- from A house in Corfu / Emma Tennant -- Barefoot at Shanzu / Errol Trzebinski -- Coming home in Massachusetts / Simon Winchester