Travel book reviews are an important part of our travel lives, because there's probably a new travel book published every five minutes. And we can't read them all, so someone has to undertake that onerous task with passion.
In our case, that someone is Suroor Alikhan, whose
love of reading and international background makes her the perfect choice to
review books for or about traveling women. Suroor was born in India and started
travelling as a one-year old. This meant that part of her childhood was spent
in Baghdad, Ankara, Santiago de Chile and Kabul (long before some of these
places became trouble spots). She now lives in Geneva.
Reading has always been one of her passions. "Ever since I realized that words opened up pathways to different worlds, I have been an avid and voracious reader," Suroor said. “It’s like having my own collection of magic carpets.”
She's very much old school - she won’t 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 in spite of the fact that there have always been women travellers and women travel writers. 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 make a rare appearance). Women’s travel writing can be inspirational and open a path for others to follow.