Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Kindness of Strangers - Part Two

Despite a very ordinary brown cover, this Lonely Planet travel book is wonderful reading. Lonely Planet - from Melbourne - kindly gave me a free copy to use in a Geelong Writers' gig for Pako Festival. The editor is Don George.
The Kindness of Strangers
Published October 2003
ISBN: 1740595904
US$14.99 - AUS$22.00 - UKĀ£7.99
Part of the series: Journeys: travel literature.

The blurb: A timely collection of inspiring tales, The Kindness of Strangers explores the unexpected human connections that so often transform the experience of travel, and celebrates the gift of kindness around the world.

You are alone in a foreign place, you don't speak the language, you have lost your wallet - probably stolen - you have no money and no documents. You are slightly hysterical and then out of the blue a stranger appears and rescues you for no reason other than goodness, giving you back the trust in mankind that only small children and dogs have. This collection of tales is about those unexpected gifts and how they affect our lives. So kindness isn't extinct after all.
- Isabel Allende


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