Mary Moore Mason

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Travel with a book

I don’t need to tell you that there are various ways of travelling. And with concern about the climate and environment, more people are looking to stay local where possible. Irrespective of your views on travel and the climate, you can always go on a journey with a book – there’s a diverse choice at TSL.
However, if you’re more interested in types and means of travel or stories about travelling, here are a few to whet your appetite:

Train Alive – the train blueprint for what became known as the Dwight Eisenhower after WW2. During the war it was the train which transported Eisenhower around England.
If trains are not your thing, perhaps boats are:
How to be a popular crew by Dave Robson gives good advice on how to get along with fellow sailors on a yacht. I think it’s good advice for any team work scenario while also helping confirm whether you are suited to life working in confined spaces with others for a period of time.
Mary Moore Mason was involved in USA-British aviation history – read about it and other travel encounters in her memoir Goodbye Hoop Skirts – Hello World!.
Another travel memoir is that by Margaret Moore who shares how she saw Sri-Lanka over a number of visits in From Sri Lanka with Love.
Not all about travel but a fascinating insight into how people left Germany in 1934 for other countries, there’s From the Reich to Rhodesia by Peter Sternberg which also tells of how a young boy adapted to a new country.
Then there’s always time travel – something Nick Horgan embarks on in his collection of poetry and short stories – Memories of Time Travel
And, as we know travel encounters can be rather obscure – this is brought home in Rajeshwar Prasad’s play – The Travellers.
Other journey stories are the Tow Path series by Beatrice Holloway, and John Samson’s A donkey called Oddsock.
This is just a taster – there’s always Ray Wooster, Robbie Cheadle, Linda Kane and others who all have travel as a feature in their catalogues.

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Mary Moore Mason – appreciation

Mary Moore Mason

Another author to join TSL thanks to Arnie Wilson, has been Mary Moore Mason, a travel writer of US American origin. I’m regularly reminded of the incredible experience and life TSL authors have led. Mary is no exception.

Her memoir, Goodbye Hoop Skirts, Hello World! tells of her growing up as a Southern belle before making the transition into a male dominated world which journalism was at the time. Mary was there to interview the neighbours after JFK’s assasaination and was involved with the launch of Pan-Am and its inaugural flight to the UK. Spanning a period of five decades, one can see how travel journalism has changed, yet Mary or Mary Moore to her US American readers remains an energetic force, continuing to edit Essentially America which she launched in 1994 and to travel. It’s quite easy to see how she came to chair the British Guild of Travel Writers without being British. Be inspired, take a read!