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It's too soon to wave goodbye to the magical art of travel writing | Michael Jacobs

27 August 2011 4:11 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The internet may have made redundant the Victorian type of travel book, full of facts and figures, but it's a form of literature that can still thrive

'Hugh Grant loses his bookshop in Notting Hill" was the headline on an article that appeared last week in my local Spanish newspaper. International interest in London's Travel Bookshop (described as a tourist attraction comparable to Paris's Shakespeare and Company) is entirely due to its central role in a popular film promoting an engaging view of London and the British. In Britain, the news of the bookshop's closure has additional and more serious implications – for the future not only of similar independent establishments, but also, and no less importantly, of travel writing.

Travel writing today has an undoubtedly tarnished image. The casting of Hugh Grant in Notting Hill says much about popular preconceptions of the genre and its practitioners. It is a »

- Michael Jacobs

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