Granta, 2001 - Fiction - 256 pages
Some travel is vital to the traveller. Sometimes you need to get home or get away. Sometimes this is far from easy. This issue of Granta contains compelling stories about journeys which needed to be made. You might call it necessary travel writing.
Ian McEwan's powerful piece of fiction, taken from his new novel-in-progress which is not scheduled for publication until 2002: a gripping account of unpatriotic events on the beach at Dunkirk in 1940.
Simon Winchester in Diego Garcia on the story of how all the original inhabitants of this tiny tropical island -- right down to the dogs -- were expelled by London and Washington.
John Ryle in Addis Ababa to witness the exhumation and state funeral of the world's chief Rastafari, Haile Selassie, ex-Emperor of Ethiopia.
Francis Spufford on the rise and fall of Concorde.
Ian Jack rides the British railway network, and finds out why trains crash.
Isobel Hilton's trip through China's new cultural landscape.
Nicholas Shakespeare is bitten by the biography bug again, in Tasmania - this time in search of his own unlikely ancestors.
Plus: in an astonishing piece of detective work. James Campbell succeeds in getting the FBI to release dog-eared original documents and handfuls of smudged photographs testifying to their decades-old pursuit of American writer James Baldwin.
What people are saying - Write a review
Manuel Bauer YANGDOLS JOURNEY
Ian Jack THE 12 10 TO LEEDS
John Ryle BURYING THE EMPEROR
6 other sections not shown