Virago Travellers List

Hi, folks!

The Virago Travellers series was launched in 1982 with the publiation of A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella Bird and Travels in West Africa by Mary Kingsley. The series reprinted some of the greatest nineteenth and early twentieth-century Women travellers. In 1988, the series started to be co-published by Virago and Beacon Press.

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I am turning this list into a long-term reading project, and, as always, I will update this post as I go along. You will be able to find a link to this post in my projects page.


  • Read books are marked as (✓)
  • Favourites are marked as (✨)
  • DNFed books are crossed off
  • Books I own are in bold
  • My reviews, when available, will be linked below


  • Start Date: 14.06.2021
  • Current score: 02/ 30
  • Virago List: here and here

The List

  1. A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella L. Bird
  2. Autobiography of Storm Jameson: Journey from the North, Volume 1 and 2
  3. China to Me by Emily Hahn
  4. ✨The Cruel Way by Ella Maillart
  5. Death’s Other Kingdom by Gamel Woolsey
  6. The Desert and the Sown: The Syrian Adventures of the Female Lawrence of Arabia by Gertrude Bell
  7. ✨Dust Tracks on a Road, by Zora Neale Hurston
  8. Farewell Spain by Kate O’Brien
  9. The Gobi Desert by Mildred Cable
  10. High Albania by M. E. Durham
  11. In The Vine Country by E. OE. Somerville
  12. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan: including a summer in the Upper Karun region and a visit to the Nestorian rayahs. Vols. I, II by Isabella L. Bird
  13. Letters from Egypt by Lucie Duff Gordon
  14. The London Journal of Flora Tristan by Flora Tristan
  15. Love Among the Butterflies: The Travels and Adventures of a Victorian Lady, by Margaret Fountaine
  16. My Journey to Lhasa by Alexandra David-Néel
  17. North-West by North by Dora Birtles
  18. The Passionate Nomad: The Diary of Isabelle Eberhardt by Isabelle Eberhardt
  19. Peregrinations of a Pariah 1833-1834 by Flora Tristan
  20. Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
  21. Station Life in New Zealand by Lady Barker
  22. Through Connemara in a Governess Cart by E. OE. Somerville & M. Ross
  23. Travels in West Africa by Mary Kingsley
  24. The Turkish Embassy Letters by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
  25. Unbeaten Tracks in Japan by Isabella L. Bird
  26. Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys: A Midsummer Ramble in the Dolomites by Amelia B. Edwards
  27. Up the Country: Letters From India by Emily Eden
  28. The Virago Book of Women Travellers, ed. Mary Morris
  29. West with the Night by Beryl Markham
  30. Yangtze Valley and Beyond by Isabella L. Bird

Other Virago lists

That’s it for now, folks. Do you have any recommendations? Please let me know. 🙂

Yours truly,


Portrait of Maria Adelaide of France in Turkish-style clothes, by  Jean-Étienne Liotard, 1753
Portrait of Maria Adelaide of France in Turkish-style clothes, by Jean-Étienne Liotard, 1753

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