Travel book reviews are necessary, because there's probably a new travel book published every five minutes. And we can't read them all, so someone has to do it - and tell us about the best.
In our case, that someone is Suroor Alikhan, whose love of reading and international background (of Indian origin, a childhood in Chile and now lives in Geneva) makes her the perfect choice to review books for or about traveling women.
"Ever since I realized that words opened up pathways to different worlds, I have been an avid and voracious reader," Suroor said.
She's very much old school - she wont' read books electronically and as a result the walls of her home are hidden by years of collecting.
Her tastes are eclectic but in our case, she's focused on women's travel, anywhere, everywhere. We've divided up her reviews into continents to make them easier to find:
Travel writing has long been a genre dominated by male writers but there are plenty of fantastic women travel writers, or books about women travelers out there, well-known or less known. This is an attempt to raise their profile and show off some of the wonderful work being undertaken by us (although the occasional male writer does occasionally slip in).
All books are available from my Women's Travel Bookstore.