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01 October 2005

Travel in the imagination

Sandi Toksvig
asks whether a journey in the imagination will ever make up for the real thing.

The fantastical voyages of French writer Jules Verne; a childhood spent dreaming of the 'free world' in the former Soviet Union ; and richly researched planetary travels are just some of the journeys to be made without having to leave home. 


Presented by Sandi Toksvig

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This week's guests:

Professor Tim Unwin, Professor of French at the Department of French

Jules Verne: Journeys in Writing
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
ISBN: 0853234582

Vitali Vitaliev, Born in the Ukraine, Vitali Vitaliev began his writing career in the former Soviet Union with the satirical magazine Krokodil, before the KGB forced him to defect in 1990.

Dreams on Hitler's Couch
Publisher: Richard Cohen Books Ltd
ISBN: 1860660886

Borders Up!: Eastern Europe Through the Bottom of a Glass
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: 0684818108

Little Is the Light: Nostalgic Travels in the Mini States of Europe
Publisher: Pocket Books
ISBN: 0671719254

Dava Sobel, Author and award-winning former science reporter for the 'New York Times'

The Planets
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd
ISBN: 1857028503

Longitude
Publisher: Perennial
ISBN: 0007214227

Galileo's Daughter: A Drama of Science, Faith and Love
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd
ISBN: 1857027124

Harry Pearson, sports columnist for the Guardian and a travel writer.  In his new book Around the World by Mouse: A Journey Round the Baltic, Harry takes a trip round the world entirely by internet, visiting places about 100 miles apart in a line round the world.

Around the World by Mouse: A Journey Round the Baltic
Publisher: Little Brown
ISBN: 0316857335

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