5 best hard-to-find books for travelers who love a good read

5 best hard-to-find books for travelers who love a good read

5 best hard-to-find books for travelers who love a good read

The following list of books are excellent hard-to-find books that I have read whilst on the road. All are well worth a read and will help you pass the time whether you’re on a plane, train, bus or beach – the only catch is… they’re all hard to come by. Get your hands on them, however, and I guarantee, you’ll struggle to put them down. If you are lucky enough to bag yourself a copy, then I hope you enjoy reading every age-coloured page as much as I did… Happy book hunting!

1. Triad by Colin Falconer – I read this book when I was working in Taiwan and loved it. Half of the book is set in Hong Kong, the other half is set in Thailand. Colin Falconer is a great writer and you won’t want to put this down – a page turner for sure. The book was first published in 1995 and it’s quite hard to get a hold of. There are a few 2nd hand paperback copies available on Amazon – sadly, like most of these books, it’s not available on Kindle. Bummer!

Triad by Colin Falconer
Triad by Colin Falconer

 2. The Beast of Jersey by Joan Paisnel – This is a gruesome true story that will have you turning page after page desperate for more. The book chronicles the despicable crimes of Edward Paisnel who terrorised the residents of Jersey in the Channel Islands for nearly 11 years before being caught. The book was published in 1972 and was written by his wife. I read this book when I was living and working in Jersey and a quick search on Amazon or eBay will show you that it is a highly sought after book to this day. Another book that I guarantee you won’t be able to put down until you’ve devoured every yellowing, dog-eared page.

The Beast of Jersey by Joan Paisnel
The Beast of Jersey by Joan Paisnel

3. A sense of Freedom by Jimmy Boyle – This book was first published in 1977 but it has been re-released. The fact that it’s been re-released tells it’s own story – it’s because it’s a riveting read. The book chronicles the true life and crimes of Jimmy Boyle – a notorious Glasgow hard man from the 60’s and 70’s. I read this book when I was working in California – like the other books in my list it will keep you occupied well into the wee hours of the morning and more. This one – before it was re-released – was extremely hard to get a hold of, now it’s available on Kindle… Result!

A Sense of Freedom by Jimmy Boyle
A Sense of Freedom by Jimmy Boyle

 4. Midnight Express by Billy Hayes with William Hoffer – This is the book that inspired the 1978 Hollywood Blockbuster ‘Midnight Express’. Based on the true story of Billy Hayes – a New Yorker – who was jailed for 30 years in Turkey when he was captured at Istanbul Airport trying to smuggle two kilos of hashish back to the US. The book – like my other recommendations is a page turner and well worth a read. I read this book when I was working in Egypt. The movie was good but, as is often the case, the book is much better; like ‘A Sense of Freedom’ this book used to be hard-to-come-by but these days it’s available on Kindle too!
note: neither the book nor the movie is the full true story – a more accurate representation of the facts was featured on an episode of ‘Banged Up Abroad’ years later; the book, however, is a great read and will help any plane, train, or bus journey to pass by in a flash.

Midnight Express by Billy Hayes with William Hoffer
Midnight Express by Billy Hayes with William Hoffer

5. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin – Even if you’ve seen the iconic movie starring Mia Farrow, ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ is still well worth reading. Ira Levins classic horror/thriller creation is still a big favourite of mine. I read this in Canada when I was working in Quebec City in the early 90’s and in then in Thailand in 2002. Couldn’t pull myself away from it. There are a few copies of this book floating around eBay and Amazon but it’s not available on Kindle. Well worth the effort of tracking a copy down.

Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

I am aware that we all have different tastes when it comes to reading but I am confident that the books on this list will appeal to all travelers who love a good read!

5 best hard-to-find books for travelers who love a good read

5 best hard-to-find books for travelers who love a good read
5 best hard-to-find books for travelers who love a good read

 

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16 thoughts on “5 best hard-to-find books for travelers who love a good read”

  1. These books are definitely not ones that I’ve heard of before! I think “A Sense of Freedom” would be one that I could see myself getting into. I try to switch things up when I read, alternating fiction with biographies. Thanks for the list!

    1. They’re all great books, Rachelle – A Sense of Freedom is a good choice if you were to pick one. The Beast of Jersey is a captivating true story – Jersey in the channel islands has a history of black magic and witchcraft and the book centres around that. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Isn’t it crazy that there are books out there we can’t get ahold of? I feel like they should all be available at this point! I haven’t read any of these but I think I’d start with Triad – I love a good page-turner.

  3. This is such an interesting post. I love reading, especially when it’s about faraway lands. I really want to get my hands on Triad. Sounds so interesting!

    1. Colin Falconer is a really good writer – his descriptions of Hong Kong and Thailand are great and transport you right there with the colourful characters he creates. Thanks for commenting!

  4. All these books sound like a good read! I think I am more drawn to either Triad as I’m visiting honk Kong and Thailand soon or a sense of freedom as it’s about a man from Glasgow. I live in Scotland so that’s why I’m attracted to that one!

  5. I’m always looking for easy reads that I can bring on the road. Thanks for the list! I will need to check out Midnight Express!

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