Brief Encounters: stories of love, sex & travel

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Love affairs on the road, passionate holiday romances, erotic encounters, lovers who meet only to part...

A tourist in Peru falls for her handsome guide; backpackers check out who's on offer in the nightclubs of Prague; a couple trawl for adventure in a Mexican bathhouse; a beautiful Italian proposes marriage to the foreigner he's just met...

Twenty seductive stories - for everyone who has dreamt of escape with that perfect stranger.

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SEX: Now that we have your attention ... Maybe Lonely Planet is using one of the oldest tricks in the book to draw your attention to their latest compilation of travel stories, but that doesn't change the fact that it's filled with exotic, erotic tales from some of your favorite pen-packing travelers: Pico Iyer, Mary Morris, Emily Perkins, Mona Simpson, Lisa St. Aubin de Teran, Paul Theroux, and Sara Wheeler to name a few. And Michelle de Kretser has collected these stories for reasons that run more deeply than mere titillation: "The book I had in mind would invite exploration of the imaginative links which turned travel and romance into metaphors for each other: the seductive promises of changes and renewal, the appeal of seeing and being seen afresh. It would encourage reflection on the treacherous potential for disillusionment inherent in the late 20th century's terminal fascination with the new and the exotic." Whether on a train in India, partying in France, hiking in Peru, spending Ramadan in Egypt, nightclubbing in Prague, dining in Italy, or adventuring in a Mexican bathhouse, these stories will touch the heart of anyone who has ever dreamed of the ultimate escape via the perfect foreign stranger. --Kathryn True

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definitive holiday reading' -- Independent on Sunday

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