Monday, May 17, 2021

Keeping tabs on authors in LINKcat: Geoff Crowther


An author search for 'Crowther, Geoff' in LINKcat produces no results.  Not surprising, as travel books age quickly.  Perhaps the libraries below collect travel titles that have an historical significance.  Crowther's first book for Lonely Planet, Africa on the Cheap (1977), certainly fits this category.

A free spirit from Yorkshire, England, Mr. Crowther studied biochemistry at Liverpool University. But peering through a microscope in a germ-free laboratory couldn’t compare to what his wanderlust delivered to the naked eye in isolated jungles, deserts, mountaintops and savannas, and in jammed souks and camel markets. 
In the mid-1970s he began creating homespun mimeographed recommendations and hand-drawn maps (often embellished by his imagination) for an alternative publisher and underground information service in London. He developed a cult following among shoestring adventurers, who welcomed his street-smart insider tips to navigating a world largely undiscovered by American and European travelers. 
Mr. Crowther aggregated the lowdown from his own travels and — decades before companies like Tripadvisor — from reader volunteers. He might suggest how to score an antibiotic in Bangkok or where to bed down for $2 overnight, even if it meant sleeping on a roof.

The 48 member libraries of LINKcat

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