About the book

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“it’s better to travel” is a series of 20 interconnecting stories featuring 20 people from 20 countries that I have visited in the last 10 years as both a diplomat, writer and DJ. 

“its better to travel” (note lowercase) links a squat party in Hanoi to a graffiti artist in New York to a lock-in Paris and through 17 other countries through the varied people I have met. The book digs a little deeper on some amazing places from the vast expanse of the Amazon to the tiny rock that is Pitcairn.

About myself, I have been writing since the early nineties primarily as a music journalist, having started a fanzine ‘Left on the Jazz Side’ in 1991. I worked for Blues and Soul magazine between 1996-2001 including writing the monthly jazz column between 1999-2001. My work has also appeared in Shook magazine and online for BBC Music and Fly Global amongst others. In 2005 I set up The Secret List series of record shop guides and travelogues, one of the first to cast a light on both buying records and record shops. I published the first edition to Los Angeles (2013), Paris (2014) and London (2016).

I hope you enjoy “it’s better to travel” and is suitable inspiration to seek out the new and the different.