Thursday, March 4, 2010

Peter Mayle's six favorite travel books

The Vintage Caper, Peter Mayle's latest novel, "begins high above Los Angeles, at the extravagant home and equally impressive wine cellar of entertainment lawyer Danny Roth. Unfortunately, after inviting the Los Angeles Times to write an extensive profile extolling the liquid treasures of his collection, Roth finds himself the victim of a world-class wine heist."

Mayle told The Week magazine about his six favorite travel books. One title on the list:
West With the Night by Beryl Markham

Beryl Markham was the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west, but her life and adventurous times in East Africa—as a child in the wilderness, as a racehorse trainer, and as an intrepid flying explorer—are even more exciting. A reminder, in epic fashion, of the good old days.
Read about the other books on Mayle's list.

West With the Night also appears on Midge Gillies' top six list of books on pilot pioneers.

--Marshal Zeringue