Our directory of things of interest

University Directory

THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS: Travel Stories That Make Your Heart Grow

  • Written by  Chris Fitch
  • Published in Books
THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS: Travel Stories That Make Your Heart Grow
05 Oct
2018
edited by Fearghal O’Nuallain • Summersdale • £9.99 (paperback)

The generosity of people who selflessly aid foreign travellers (often then refusing payment) is a familiar component to many travelogues and expedition journals, and perhaps one that is too often glossed over. It is only when those specific moments are carefully snipped out from the wider journeys in which they occurred, and laid out back-to-back in a book such as this, that the essential role these ‘kind and generous strangers’ play in all manner of travel experiences becomes truly apparent.

Sometimes, kindness comes from being given chocolates and a roof over your head in an alien country (as happened to Levison Wood). Sometimes it’s providing vital companionship that you didn’t even realise you needed (Ed Stafford), welcoming you into a tight-knit community despite obvious language barriers (Pip Stewart), or rescuing you from a dire situation in an extreme environment with vital care and affection (Rebecca Lowe). Sometimes, it’s even as simple as a warm bowl of tomato soup to start your day (Steve Fabes). ‘They say that travel broadens the mind, but travel also opens the heart,’ notes Fearghal O’Nuallain in the introduction. ‘Our brave adventurers were aided on their quests by kind strangers who were uneasy seeing others in distress and discomfort.’

The book is packed with stories of kindness from all around the world, in all imaginable circumstances. Overwhelmingly, the kindness comes from people who have less, given to people to have more, in the grand scheme of things. However, the one situation that is repeatedly returned to is the refugee ‘jungle’ in Calais, where the boot is on the other foot, and those who have more are asked whether they can stomach providing that same kindness to those who quite obviously have less. The continued existence of the camp suggests the answer may not necessarily be in the affirmative, a situation this book – in raising funds for Oxfam's work with refugees – aspires to change.

 Click here to purchase The Kindness of Strangers by Fearghal O'Nuallain from Amazon

geo line break v3

Free eBooks - Geographical Newsletter

Get the best of Geographical delivered straight to your inbox by signing up to our weekly newsletter and get a free collection of eBooks!

geo line break v3

 

Subscribe to Geographical!

geo line break v3

Free eBooks - Geographical Newsletter

Sign up for our weekly newsletter today and get a FREE eBook collection!

geo line break v3

University of Winchester

geo line break v3

EDUCATION PARTNERS

Aberystwyth University University of Greenwich The University of Derby

TRAVEL PARTNERS

Ponant

Silversea

Travel the Unknown

DOSSIERS

Like longer reads? Try our in-depth dossiers that provide a comprehensive view of each topic

  • Natural Capital: Putting a price on nature
    Natural capital is a way to quantify the value of the world that nature provides for us – the air, soils, water, even recreational activity. Advocat...
    The human game – tackling football’s ‘slave trade’
    Few would argue with football’s position as the world’s number one sport. But as Mark Rowe discovers, this global popularity is masking a sinister...
    Essential oil?
    Palm oil is omnipresent in global consumption. But in many circles it is considered the scourge of the natural world, for the deforestation and habita...
    The Money Trail
    Remittance payments are a fundamental, yet often overlooked, part of the global economy. But the impact on nations receiving the money isn’t just a ...
    London: a walk in the park
    In the 2016 London Mayoral election, the city’s natural environment was high on the agenda. Geographical asks: does the capital have a green future,...

MORE DOSSIERS

NEVER MISS A STORY - Follow Geographical on Social

Want to stay up to date with breaking Geographical stories? Join the thousands following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and stay informed about the world.

More articles in REVIEWS...

Books

by William A. Ewing and Holly Roussell • Thames and…

Books

by Ben Coates • Nicholas Brealey Publishing • £12.99 (paperback)

Books

by Nicholas Crane • Weidenfeld & Nicolson • £12.99 (hardback)

Books

by Mary Robinson • Bloomsbury • £16.99 (hardback)

Books

by Pieter van der Merwe and Jeremy Michell • Bloomsbury • £18.99…

Books

by Simon Reeve • Hodder & Stoughton • £20 (hardback)

Books

by Michael Palin • Hutchinson • £20 (hardback/eBook)

Films

Powerful expedition film, screened at the 2018 Adventure Uncovered Film…

Books

by Laura Locker and Julia Scheele • Icon Books • £12.99 (paperback)

Books

by Patrick Nunn • Bloomsbury • £16.99 (hardback) • £14.99 (eBook)

Books

by Oliver Bullough • Profile Books • £20 (hardback) • £14.99 (eBook)

Books

by Thomas Reinertsen Berg • Hodder & Stoughton • £25 (hardback)

Books

by Adam Rutherford • Weidenfeld & Nicolson • £18.99 (hardback) • £9.99 (eBook)

Films

Ever since 1984, when the first TED conference took place,…

Exhibitions

Annual photography competition at the Natural History Museum celebrates the…

Exhibitions

We all have to live with buildings, but getting the…

Books

by Bruno Latour • Polity Books • £12.99 (hardback)

Books

edited by Fearghal O’Nuallain • Summersdale • £9.99 (paperback)

Books

by Francis Fukuyama • Profile Books • £16.99 (hardback) • £14.99 (eBook)