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ANTHONY QUINN, reviewing Mark Cocker's book Loneliness and Time, describes travel writing as a 'soft touch for any cultural dilettante or voyeur who can hold a pen' (Review, 6 December) and 'blasts off' at travel writers including Lawrence Durrell and Patrick Leigh Fermor. These are not travel writers but writers who travel and have used their experience of journeying and living abroad as means towards ends, not ends in themselves.

John W Gittins, Clwyd

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