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Sunday, 1 July 2012

The GAP YEAR and BACKPACKER experience via novels, set in more places than can be counted

Descriptions of several beautiful countries in our selected books are enough to get you jumping onto the next plane, though some of the stories might have your hair standing on end........

China  Burma  India  Indonesia  Koh Pha-Ngan  Australia  Hong Kong

Are you Experienced? by William Sutcliffe will have you in stitches. The protagonist is Dave, a 19-year-old Londoner on a gap year before starting university. He had no intention of leaving Europe, until his best mate James, who's about to go on a trek through the Himalayas, challenges him. "Do you want to learn Fwench David? Something pwactical for your CV?" he taunts when he hears Dave is going to be a waiter at a Swiss ski resort. So Dave is persuaded to head off on the gap year experience of his life in India...

Border Run by Simon Lewis.......Bored of the ‘mango smoothie’ trail and keen to spice up their Facebook albums, and maybe their sex lives, Jake and Will take a tour into China’s jungle borderland with Burma. Their guide, however, has his own agenda and gradually the two gap-year students slip into a nightmarish spiral of murder and moral decay, their chance of survival determined by a game of hide and seek played out with deadly crossbows.
A fast paced, adrenaline ride of a novel: Deliverance meets Lord of the Flies.

The Backpacker by John Harris - The author's trip to India starts badly when he finds himself looking at the sharp end of a knife in a train station cubicle. His life is saved by the enigmatic Rick, who persuades John to abandon his mundane plans for the future for much, much more. Fast forward to the Thai island of Koh Pha-Ngan where they pose as millionaire aristocrats in a hedonistic Eden of beautiful girls, free drugs and wild beach parties. Soon pursued by Thai Mafia, they escape to Indonesia, Australia and Hong Kong, facing danger at every turn.

As ever, if you have a title you think we could feature - a book that is set in and evocative of a location - then just let us know via the Comments Box

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