A Trip of One’s Own

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If Joan Didion was right, and we do tell ourselves stories in order to live, then a travel story is the best story of them all. And I had form for escaping in stories…

Kate Wills wasn’t expecting to be divorced after less than a year of marriage. She hadn’t anticipated restarting a life that had, for the last 12 years with her partner, seemed so stable. Luckily, her job as a travel journalist offered her the perfect opportunity to escape from it all. But this time, her jet-setting felt different. Kate felt more alone, particularly against a backdrop of never-ending hen dos, weddings and baby showers.

So she began to search history for female travellers to inspire her. From a 4th-century nun to a globe-girdling cyclist, Kate discovers that throughout history, there have been astonishing women who’ve broken free from more burdensome expectations, clearing the path for us to do the same.

A Trip of One’s Own is a funny and heartfelt invitation to take that trip: to Paris, to Whitstable, and maybe down that street you’ve always wondered about.

Critics Review

  • The perfect piece of non-fiction to curl up and have a cocktail with. I absolutely loved it

    Candice Brathwaite, author of I Am Not Your Baby Mother
  • Wise, fun and exquisitely executed

    Catherine Gray, author of The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober
  • Relatable, practical and inspiring. A joyful must-read for anyone wanting to take a trip of one’s own

    Francesca Specter, author of Alonement
  • Captivating, compelling, and beautifully written, Kate Wills’ powerful memoir explores the notion of truly being free

    Samantha Vérant, author of Seven Letters from Paris
  • This paean to traveling alone offers inspiration, humor, and generally great reading

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  • A deep dive into the eternal appeal of solo travel, no passport required

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