Author(s): Bill Colegrave
Of all the world's books, the best stories are to be found between the pages of a passport. Scraps of Wool is a celebration of the Golden Age of travel writing, bringing together in one volume inspirational and classic passages that have enthralled and excited generations of readers. Compiled by editor Bill Colegrave, its excerpts have been carefully selected by today's greatest living travel writers, those whose adventures have fulfilled them and their readers alike. Contributors include Dervla Murphy, Anthony Sattin, Tony Wheeler, Rory MacLean, Pico Iyer, Sara Wheeler, Nick Danziger, Colin Thubron, Artemis Cooper, John Keay and many, many more on journeys - on foot, or by bike; through thick equatorial jungle, or across vast Siberian plains and the icy wastelands of the far north - to every corner of the globe. Scraps of Wool is not a travel reference book, but a book to be read from cover to cover- each piece, each story, each memory will take you on a journey through the finest of travel literature, and inspire you to plan your own great adventure.
Bill Colegrave is a travel writer and explorer. He was publisher of Cadogan Guides, which he bought in 1989, and also a Director of Everyman's Library. His book Halfway House to Heaven (Benefactum, 2011) tells the story of his expedition to find the source of the River Oxus in the Wakhan Corridor and Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan. He is also co-creator of Not The Times, a parody of The Times during its year-long strike. He has an extensive travel book library and has travelled to 110 countries and counting. He has three grown children and one grandchild, and lives in London.