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27 May 2006 

SOUTH AMERICA

Sandi Toksvig heads to the north of South America, the top left hand corner of the continent that includes Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Three travellers to that part of the world, novelist Anthony Horowitz; writer and presenter Manchán Magan and travel writer Polly Rodger Brown have written about their journeys in three very different books. 


Presented by Sandi Toksvig

Machu Picchu, Peru - South America


This week's guests:

Anthony Horowitz is an author and television scriptwriter whose credits include creating and writing the series Foyle's War and writing several episodes of Midsomer Murders.  He is also the author of the successful Alex Rider series of adventure novels for children. For his newest novel, Evil Star, Anthony travelled deep into the Peruvian jungle and to the world famous historical site of Machu Picchu.  Matt Freeman, the hero of Evil Star, is a teenager who goes to Peru and gets into all sorts of spy type scrapes.

Evil Star
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
ISBN: 1844286207 

Manchán Magan is a writer and tv presenter.  For eight years Manchán and his brother Ruán have travelled the world making a series of documentaries titled Global Nomad.  They have filmed in India, Europe, the Middle East, South America, North America, Greenland and China.  His book Angels and Rabies, depicts Manchan's own experiences on his journey through the Americas, from a screaming commune in the Colombia to contracting rabies in Ecuador.

Angels and Rabies
Publisher: Brandon/Mount Eagle Publications Ltd
ISBN: 0863223494

Polly Rodger Brown is a travel writer and is co-author of First Time Latin America.  Polly first went to South America in 1991-92, visiting Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia and Mexico.  With a friend she first went to Brazil where they did everything wrong; taking too many travellers' cheques which she kept losing; taking a rucksack that was too big to carry; swimming in the Amazon (not to be advised for a host of reasons), walking barefoot and getting a nasty worm based skin disease in her feet so she couldn't walk... Polly's book First Time Latin America is based on all those mistakes.

Rough Guide - First-time Latin America
Polly Rodger Brown & James Read
Publisher: Rough Guides
ISBN: 1843535858 

Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel advice to South America 

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