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Whether you’re trekking to Machu Picchu or taking in the sun - and football – in Rio, take your pick from these inspirational and useful reads, chosen by Stanfords, the travel information specialists

King Creosote

Music review: King Creosote, The Slaughtered Lamb, London

King Creosote is one of the great outsiders. He occupies the margins in both the songs he sings and in the way he sends his songs out into the world. This short residency in a downstairs room in a pub in Clerkenwell coincided with the release of an album that was previously only available at his live shows, and then only in vinyl form.

The bizarre tale of the 'North Pond Hermit' takes another twist as he receives marriage proposal and an offer to bail him out of jail

Christopher Knight, who has become known as the North Pond Hermit, reportedly spent 27 years in the woods of Maine

Axa warns of house market ruin

Insurance boss claims many homes will be 'unsellable' if ministers fail to agree flood deal

Paperback review: The Green Road into the Trees, By Hugh Thomson

Hugh Thomson sets off to walk through England by ancient pathways from Dorset to Norfolk.

Travel Agenda

From pub apps and Venice in Peril to family camping festivals

Get me out of here - Caribbean, the Azores, camping in France

Now... If you're hankering for some heat, Thomas Cook has a week in the Caribbean for £939pp, departing between 13 April and 30 June. The package includes room-only at the Halcyon Cove By Rex Resorts in Antigua with Virgin Atlantic flights from Gatwick. Tcsignature.com

Rahul Gandhi's India – a beehive of buzzing thoughts

Gandhi’s problem is that he is starting from a very low base in his current bid to win public acceptability

Quiz Show by Rob Drummond

Quiz Show, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

The first memory which might be stirred by this complicated but ultimately gripping psychothriller about truth and perspective from rising star Rob Drummond is a faded one of evenings watching garishly designed quiz shows on a four-channel television in the 1980s.

Anatomies, By Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Many people have experienced the odd feeling that although we are our body's "owner-operator", as Hugh Aldersey-Williams puts it, the body is actually a strange appendage: not really us at all, more like one of our plug-ins – a car or computer. Cultures have veered wildly in their attitude to the body. Aldersey-Williams, an excellent, versatile science writer, pitches his book at just the right level of amused and curious enquiry.

The opposition candidate Henrique Capriles at an antiviolence protest on Monday

Violence - and Hugo Chavez - loom large over race for power in Venezuela

The battle to succeed El Comandante has begun

Get me out of here - Madrid, Nepal, Norway

Now... Throughout April, Kirker Holidays is offering three nights in Madrid for £549 per person. The deal includes B&B accommodation at the Vincci Centrum Hotel, tickets to the Thyssen and Prado museums, transfers and BA flights from Heathrow. Kirkerholidays.com

DVD review: Sightseers

Two cosy, cagoule-clad serial killers (played by the film's co-writers Alice Lowe and Steve Oram) pootle around the north of England in Ben Wheatley's dark comedy, tramping through drizzly abbeys and drizzly tram museums, while occasionally bashing strangers over the head with rocks.

Cotswold Outdoor's new range includes the roomy Gelert Sleeping Pod (£45), and the BioLite wood-burning camping stove (£150), which can charge USB-friendly devices (cotswoldoutdoor.com).

New Horizons: Upmarket to Tenerife

Arrivals & departures

Open Jaw

Ultimate European rail journeys

I agree about the Glacier Express journey – beautiful. In spring, you go past houses covered in snow; in summer, Alpine meadows and flowers; while autumn brings the different tree colours. If you can afford it, travel first class. A totally different experience!

Jeanne

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