One title on his list of five great American journeys in literature, as shared with Telegraph readers:
Jonathan Raban also knows a thing or two about melancholy. From his years wandering the American landscape, perhaps the most poignant stories came from eastern Montana, where he unearthed the tales of misled pioneers he accumulated into his memorable Bad Land (1997).Read about the other books Winchester tagged.
Bad Land is among Paul Theroux's five top inner-journey travel books and Fred Pearce's top ten green books.
See Winchester's five top novels on U.S. frontier social history and his five top novels on U.S. frontier social history.