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Jim Perrin writes about landscapes and mountaineering. His latest book is Shipton and Tilman: The Great Decade of Himalayan Exploration (Hutchinson. 25 [pounds sterling])

TOP 10

1. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (late 14th century) by Anon (OUP, 28[pounds sterling]) Fairytale? Moral fable7 Travel narrative? The finest nature poetry in the language? Be sure to read it in the original Middle English

2. Wild Wales (1862) by George Borrow (Bridge Books, 9.99[pounds sterling]) The best travel book about any part of Britain-proto-Sebaldian and teasingly eccentric

3. L'hussar sur le toit (1951) by Jean Giono (Folio, 9.95[pounds sterling]) A romantic adventure set in the Provencal cholera epidemic of 1834 and written during the German occupation of France

4. The Fight and other Writings (2000) by William Hazlitt (Penguin Classics, 14.99[pounds sterling]) Tom Paulin's edition is the best selection of writings from our finest English essayist

5. Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere (2001) by Jan Morris (Faber, 8.99[pounds sterling]) This is our finest living prose-stylist in her elegiac, valetudinarian mode

6. The Rings of Saturn (1998) by WG Sebald (Vintage, 8.99[pounds sterling]) Notes on the incipience of evil and loss, with other desolate East Anglian musings

7. Nanda Devi (1936) by Eric Shipton (Baton Wicks, 10.99[pounds sterling]) Happy-go-lucky vagabondage in the 1930s Himalaya. The authentic adventure article

8. Der Schimmekeiter (1888) by Theodor Storm (Schulbuch, 8.75[pounds sterling]) The most resonant ghost story ever written; marvellously evocative of its Friesland setting

9. Gulliver's Travels (1726) by Jonathan Swift (Penguin Classics, 5.99[pounds sterling]) Imaginary travels among the grotesqueries of human psychology, more relevant than ever

10 The Seven Mountain Travel Books (1937-52) by HW Tilman (Baton Wicks, 18.99[pounds sterling]) Ironically humorous and cultured accounts of extraordinary journeys and adventures

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Date:May 1, 2013
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