Ten books for armchair travelling:

1. A Journey in Ladakh

(Picador, pounds 5.99) by Andrew Harvey

2. Plain Tales From the Raj (Abacus, pounds 6.99) by Charles Allen

3. Portrait of a Turkish Family (Eland, pounds 8.99) by Irfan Orga

4. A Winter In Arabia (Arrow, pounds 5.99) by Freya Stark

5. The Great Game: Secret Service in High Asia (OUP, pounds 7.99) by Peter Hopkirk

6. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate Classics, pounds 9.99) by Rebecca West

7. Alone Through the Forbidden Land (Ian Faulkner, pounds 9.95) by Gustav Krist

8. Transit of Venus: Travels in the Pacific (Minerva, pounds 5.99) by Julian Evans

9. Pecked to Death by Ducks (Fourth Estate, pounds 7.99) by Tim Cahill

10. Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Travelling Alone (Paladin, pounds 4.99) by Mary Morris

*Information supplied by The Travellers' Bookshop, 25 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ (071-836 9132). The shop has a stand at the BBC Holiday Live show (071-373 8141) at London's Olympia today (10am-6pm) and tomorrow (10am-5pm). Admission pounds 7; under-14s, senior citizens pounds 6; one free child with every paying adult.