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At the event, the latest in the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Discovering People series, Paul will share his thoughts on the world and the many remarkable places he has visited, including his African adventure that features in his new book The Last Train to Zona Verde.

This latest—and what he claims will be his last—African journey has seen him travel from Cape Town townships, traverse the Namibian bush and cross ‘the Red Line’ of Africa.

Commenting ahead of the event, Martine Croxall said: “Paul makes for a fascinating interviewee. With such a wealth of knowledge on the world and its people, I am fascinated to hear his thoughts on southern Africa and its future prospects, as well as the secrets of travelling well and off the beaten path.”

Discovering People: Paul Theroux, takes place Friday 31 May, 7pm at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR. The nearest tube station is South Kensington.

Tickets are £7 for RGS-IBG members and £10 for non-members. For more details or to book contact or 020 7591 3100. Visit to book online.


Notes to editors

1. Paul Theroux is a critically acclaimed author and travel writer who was born in the United States, His many books include Picture Palace, which won the 1978 Whitbread Literary Award; The Mosquito Coast, which was the 1981 Yorkshire Post Novel of the Year and joint winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and was also made into a feature film; Riding the Iron Rooster, which won the 1988 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award; The Pillars of Hercules, shortlisted for the 1996 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award; My Other Life: A Novel, Kowloon Tong, Sir Vidia's Shadow, Fresh-air Fiend and Hotel Honolulu. Blindness is his latest novel. Most of his books are published by Penguin.

2. The Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers) is the learned society and professional body for geography. Formed in 1830, our Royal Charter of 1859 is for 'the advancement of geographical science'. Today, we deliver this objective through developing, supporting and promoting geographical research, expeditions and fieldwork, education, public engagement, and geography input to policy. We aim to foster an understanding and informed enjoyment of our world. We hold the world's largest private geographical collection and provide public access to it. We have a thriving Fellowship and membership and offer the professional accreditation 'Chartered Geographer’. More details from

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