Passage To Juneau

Jonathan Raban

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24 January 2019
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A luminous and entrancing travelogue from celebrated writer, Jonathan Raban.

First published in 1999, Passage to Juneau is an account of Raban's personal journey from Seattle to the Alaskan Capital by boat through the meandering sea route, the Inside Passage, told in parallel to the same voyage taken by Captain George Vancouver in the late eighteenth century.

Described by Ian McEwan as 'Raban at his best' this is extraordinary travel writing, told from two very different perspectives. A book about the idea of loss, Raban is home but still, he is very much still at sea.

This is Raban at his best, which is saying a great deal

Ian McEwan

Raban is, for my money, one of the key writers of the past three decades - not only for his immense stylistic showmanship, but also for the way he has taken that amorphous genre call "travel writing" and utterly redefined its frontiers . . . Passage to Juneau is his finest achievement to date.

Douglas Kennedy - Independent

Extraordinary . . . Passage to Juneau is far more than a meditation on the sea and its meanings; it is also an unsparing self-examination, written with mordant humour and forensic ruthlessness

Justin Cartwright - Daily Telegraph