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University of Hull

Travel writer

Jonathan Raban


14 June 1942 (age 73) (
Hempton, Norfolk, UK

New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year, National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction

Passage to Juneau: A Sea and I, Soft City, Bad Land: An American, Coasting, Old Glory: An American

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Jonathan Raban (born 14 June 1942, Hempton, Norfolk, England) is a British travel writer and novelist. He has received several awards, such as the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Royal Society of Literature's Heinemann Award, the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, the PEN West Creative Nonfiction Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, and a 1997 Washington State Governor's Writer's Award. Since 1990 he has lived with his daughter in Seattle.


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Though he is primarily regarded as a travel writer, Raban’s accounts often blend the story of a journey with rich discussion of the history of the water through which he travels and the land around it. Even as he maintains a dispassionate and often unforgiving stance towards the people he meets on his travels, he does not shirk from sharing his own perceived foibles and failings with the reader. Frequently, Raban’s autobiographical accounts of journeys taken mirror transformations in his own life or the world at large: Old Glory takes place during the buildup to Ronald Reagan’s victory in the 1980 presidential election, Coasting as the Falklands War begins, and Passage to Juneau as the failure of the author’s marriage becomes apparent. Similarly melancholic and personal themes of turmoil and loss can be detected in his novels.

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  • Heinemann Award, 1982
  • Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, 1981 and 1991
  • National Book Critics Circle Award, 1996
  • The Stranger newspaper "Genius Awards", 2006 Article
  • Inspiration and writing style

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  • Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  • Summer Lightning by PG Wodehouse
  • Put Out More Flags by Evelyn Waugh
  • The Whitsun Weddings and High Windows by Philip Larkin
  • Collected Poems by Robert Lowell

  • Jonathan Raban In Seattle with Jonathan Raban Travel The Guardian


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