Gift books inspired by our destinations
Need a little literary inspiration for your gift-giving? At CIE Tours, we're sprinkling a little travel magic into your gift list, with a book suggestion for each of our amazing destinations. Detailing aspects of heritage ranging from English wit to Iceland's surprising global influence, these books will delight your family and friends and maybe even inspire a new chapter of adventure and discovery.
Scotland: Catch the latest in the Outlander series
Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon
The hotly awaited, ninth book in the Outlander series tells the tale of the reunited family of Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall living together on Frasers Ridge as the American Revolution rages. The book has created quite a stir, along with the recent announcement of the latest in the famed TV series. The author says the latest installment's title comes from an old European custom that made it to the Appalachians: “You always tell the bees when someone is born, dies, comes or goes—because if you don’t keep them informed, they’ll fly away."
Visit the author's website for excerpts and more.
Ireland: Explore history through rejuvenated images
Old Ireland in Colour by John Breslin and Sarah-Anne Buckley
Old Ireland in Colour celebrates Ireland’s rich history through the colorization of stunning images of the land and its people, and the Irish abroad throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Using a combination of cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology and historical research, John Breslin has meticulously colorized these pictures with breathtaking attention to detail and authenticity. With over 170 photographs, accompanied by fascinating captions by historian Sarah-Anne Buckley, Old Ireland in Colour brings the past back to life.
Visit the OldIrelandinColour.com website.
Watch a talk about the book on the Irish-American Heritage Museum's Youtube channel.
Wales: Discover its amazing contributions
Wales, the Welsh, and the Making of America
We often think of immigrants like the Irish and the Scots as having the biggest impact on the making of America - this book is here to correct the erasure of the Welsh from the popular historical record. It’s the first book to recount the contributions of Welsh immigrants - and it explains how the Welsh influenced the colonists to reject British rule, as well as how they affected the establishment and expansion of the new American nation.
Read an extract at the WalesArtsReview.org website.
Read more on the Welsh-American connection.
Iceland: Discover how it's more than just a pretty place
How Iceland Changed the World by Egill Bjarnason
Iceland is most famous for its stunning beauty - but its history is fascinating, and this book tells the tales - how it became a nation whose diplomats and musicians, sailors and soldiers, volcanoes and flowers, quietly altered the globe forever. How Iceland Changed the World takes readers on a tour of history, showing them how Iceland played a pivotal role in events as diverse as the French Revolution, the Moon Landing, and the foundation of Israel. Who knew?
Read an excerpt on the publisher’s website.
England: Have a laugh, British-style
The Wicked Wit of England by Geoff Tibbals
The English sense of humor is like no other: surreal or satirical, dark or sophisticated, bawdy or genteel. This collection of stories quips, and quotes celebrates the range of humor and the things that make English people laugh and that make English entertainment so beloved - even if it’s sometimes mystifying. It showcases the idiosyncrasies: the social awkwardness, the need to apologize, the obsession with the weather, and the stiff upper lip. It might not unlock the secrets of the English, but it will make you laugh along the way.
Italy: Immerse yourself in la dolce vita
Always Italy by Frances Mayes and Ondine Cohane
This is a lush and fascinating travelogue by the world’s favorite expert on la dolce visa, Frances Mayes, the author of Under the Tuscan Sun, and New York Times travel writer Ondine Cohane. It reveals an Italy only the locals know. And it’s gorgeous, with 350 glorious photos from National Geographic. The book reveals everything from the Renaissance architecture of Florence to the best pizza in Rome. It’s the perfect treasury for the armchair traveler - and it will no doubt inspire many a trip.
Read an excerpt from the book.
For the Kids
This is… A classic series by Miroslav Sasek
Miroslav Sasek’s classic collection of picture books about cities and countries around the world will surely delight children and adults alike. Originally published in the 1960s, they have been reissued in facsimile editions by Rizzoli. The charm of the witty, playful narrative and the old-fashioned illustrations are a timeless joy. The collection includes books on Ireland, Britain, Venice, Rome, Edinburgh, London, and more.
And if all that reading gets you inspired, the next step is to book a tour. See below for some more travel inspiration!