Colin Thubron’s THE AMUR RIVER and Robert Martineau’s WAYPOINTS are included in The Washington Post’s Best Travel Books of 2021

Writing about travel sounds more glamorous than it is. While readers come for the adventurous literary journey, the writer’s real work takes place while bent over meticulous notes, research materials and unfinished drafts.

Thubron spent the early days of the pandemic polishing a manuscript for his new book, “The Amur River: Between Russia and China,” a tale that takes readers to remote parts of Asia. Fellow Londoner Robert Martineau, who walked 1,000 miles through West Africa for his book “Waypoints: A Journey on Foot,” compared the conditions of pandemic writing to a period he once spent in a mountain monastery. “I found it quite easy to focus,” he noted, wryly, in an email.

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