Why you must read Christine Osborne’s Travels With My Hat
The hat of the title – Travels with My Hat– is a famous hat, quite old for a piece of millinery. It has been on the road for decades, worn by the author, Christine Osborne, an international travel writer and photographer whose many adventures even include one with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
Egypt, Ethiopia, Morocco, Pakistan, Iraq and Yemen are some of the countries I visited after turning my back on nursing for a career in the media. First in Australia, then in England where I used London as a base for more than forty years of freelancing in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.
Tell us about the book.
The book covers the history and geography of these and other places, rarely visited by tourists, at a time when there were no apps and in some of the Arab States of the Gulf, no hotels or maps. But above all it describes encounters with the local people, most friendly, occasionally frightening.
Since you’re a lauded photographer, I guess we can expect photos of your travels?
What kind of readers will it appeal to?
You’ve got a great site too, though, haven’t you? Where is it?
You meet quite a cast of characters on your journeys. Give us a quick roll call.
Oh wow, that sounds like the guest list at an imaginary dinner party!
You’ve won awards for your work.
Travels with My Hat: A lifetime on the Road has been declared best non-fiction, self published book 2014 by the Self Publishing Review in America.
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