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Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Upstairs Donkey, and Other Stolen Stories (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Venetian Bestiary (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Coronation Everest (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Road to Huddersfield (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Outriders (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Venetian Empire (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spectacle of Empire (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Manhattan '45 (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
City to City (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Machynlleth Triad (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Princeship of Wales (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Building Hong Kong (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Our First Leader (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Writer's House in Wales (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ciao, Carpaccio! (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Jan Morris Travel Books

Sultan in Oman (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hashemite Kings (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Venice (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cities (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Oxford (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Great Port (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Places (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Travels (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Destinations (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stones of Empire (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Journeys (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Matter of Wales (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Among The Cities (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scotland (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hong Kong (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ireland (With: Paul Wakefield) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Over Europe (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
O Canada (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sydney (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Locations (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Living in a Dream (With: Janet Gleeson) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From the Four Corners (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fifty Years of Europe: An Album (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Europe (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Churches and Cathedrals of London (With: Stephen C. Humphrey) (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trieste and The Meaning of Nowhere (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Coast to Coast (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World: Travels 1950-2000 (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Off the Beaten Track (With: Dea Birkett) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spain (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Market of Seleukia (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
South African Winter (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Contact! (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Battleship Yamato (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Allegorizings (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Biographies & Memoirs

Conundrum (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pleasures of a Tangled Life (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fisher's Face (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lincoln (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Traveled Man on Earth (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In My Mind's Eye (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thinking Again (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Directions Books

Mays of Ventadorn (By: W.S. Merwin) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mr. Jefferson's University (By: Garry Wills) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sicilian Odyssey (By: Francine Prose) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Myself Have Seen It (By: Susanna Moore) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country (By: Louise Erdrich) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Road to Santiago (By: Kathryn Harrison) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crete (By: Barry Unsworth) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Into a Paris Quartier (By: Diane Johnson) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Edge of Maine (By: Geoffrey Wolff) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Southwestern Homelands (By: William Kittredge) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Barcelona The Great Enchantress (By: Robert Hughes) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Desert Memories (By: Ariel Dorfman) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Oaxaca Journal (By: Oliver Sacks) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Among Flowers (By: Jamaica Kincaid) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Hav Books

Last Letters from Hav (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scenes from Havian Life (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hav (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Pax Britannica Trilogy Books

Pax Britannica (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heaven's Command (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Farewell The Trumpets (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Lonely Planet Books

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Lonely Planet Cruise Ports Caribbean (By: Lonely Planet) (0)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Zealand (By: Paul Harding,Carolyn Bain,Neal Bedford) (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lonely Planet Australia (By: Lonely Planet,Brett Atkinson,Anthony Ham,Virginia Maxwell,Lindsay Brown,Jayne D'Arcy,Paul Harding,Charles Rawlings-Way,Meg Worby,Tom Spurling) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Indonesia 5 (By: Virginia Maxwell,Paul Harding,Stuart Butler,Jenny Walker,Trent Holden,Sofia Levin,Mark Johanson,Jade Bremner,Masovaida Morgan,Ray Bartlett,Ashley Harrell,David Eimer,Loren Bell,Bettina Batalla Milesi,Eduard Portas Requena,Rosa María Corrales González,Lucía Díaz Martín) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mexico (By: Lonely Planet,Beth Kohn,Greg Benchwick,Kate Armstrong,Nate Cavalieri,John Noble,Gregor Clark,Freda Moon,EmilyMatchar,Ellee Thalheimer,John Hecht) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lonely Planet Barcelona 12 (By: Lonely Planet) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Finland (By: Paul Harding,Jennifer Brewer,Markus Lehtipuu) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lonely Planet Belize (By: Paul Harding,Alex Egerton,Daniel C. Schechter) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Year of Adventures: A Guide to What, Where and When to Do It (By: Andrew Bain) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lonely Planet Guide to the Middle of Nowhere (By: Kate Armstrong,Sarah Andrews,Andrew Bain) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Iceland (By: Lonely Planet,Paul Harding,Joe Bindloss,Brandon Presser,Fran Parnell,Graeme Cornwallis) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lonely Planet Pocket Paris 7 (By: Lonely Planet) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cooks, Clowns and Cowboys: 101 SkillsExperiences to Discover on Your Travels (By: Andrew Bain) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lonely Planet FlorenceTuscany 12 (By: Virginia Maxwell,Nicola Williams) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lonely Planet Best of Japan (By: Lonely Planet) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lonely Planet East Coast Australia 6 (By: Peter Dragicevich,Andy Symington,Kate Armstrong,Paul Harding,Cristian Bonetto,Charles Rawlings-Way,Trent Holden,Kate Morgan,Tamara Sheward) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lonely Planet Best of New Zealand 3 (By: Andrew Bain) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lonely Planet New Zealand's South Island 7 (By: Andrew Bain) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lonely Planet Best Day Walks New Zealand (By: Andrew Bain) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lonely Planet New Zealand's Best Trips (By: Andrew Bain) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lonely Planet Australia 21 (By: Brett Atkinson,Andy Symington,Anthony Ham,Virginia Maxwell,Paul Harding,Cristian Bonetto,Anna Kaminski,Charles Rawlings-Way,Trent Holden,Kate Morgan,Andrew Bain,Anita Isalska,Samantha Forge,Sofia Levin,Hugh McNaughtan,Fleur Bainger,Rachel Hocking,Tatyana Leonov,Tasmin Waby,Steve Waters) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lonely Planet USA's Best Trips (By: Andrew Bain) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Experience Tasmania 1 (By: Andrew Bain) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lonely Planet Cruise Ports Alaska 2 (By: Lonely Planet) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Oxford Book of Oxford(1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Granta 10(1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Favourite Stories of Wales(1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Favorite Places: a Travel & Leisure Book(1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Should Have Stayed Home: The Worst Trips of Great Writers(1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Voices At The Door: An Anthology Of Favourite Poems(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Desiring Italy: Women Writers Celebrate the Passions of a Country and Culture(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
By the Seat of My Pants(2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Travelers' Tales Prague and the Czech Republic: True Stories(2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Kindness of Strangers(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gifts of Reading(2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Women on Nature(2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

About Jan Morris

Jan Morris was a well-known British historian, an author, and a travel writer. She was raised in Wales and schooled at Lancing College in West Sussex and Christ Church in Oxford. Until 1970, she wrote using her birth name, ‘James.’ She is best remembered for her Pax Britannica trilogy, an extensive overview of the British Empire, and her vibrant descriptions of cities such as Oxford, Venice, Hong Kong, Trieste, and New York City.

She also wrote about many different subjects, including Spanish history, Welsh life, and various aspects of culture. Morris had a distinct way of writing that engaged with her subjects with interesting narratives. Her books were a pleasure to read because of this.

Her writing style brought places to life, whether she was delving into the history of the British Empire or describing bustling cities. From her extensive body of work, it’s clear she had a broad reach and a deep understanding of different subjects. With each word, Jan Morris enticed her reader into her narratives, making them riveting tales for all to enjoy. Overall, her writing has made a significant impact, continuing to delight readers around the globe.

Early and Personal Life

Born on the 2nd of October, 1926, Jan Morris grew into a phenomenal Welsh historian, respected author, and captivating travel writer. Known for the famous Pax Britannica trilogy and her beautifully described city portraits such as Oxford and New York City, she carved out a remarkable writing career. Until 1972, her earlier works were published under ‘James’ prior to her transition.

Jan Morris’s life was filled with adventure. Her participation in the historical 1953 British Mount Everest expedition as the only journalist and her role in announcing the first ever confirmed ascent is just an indication of her adventurous spirit. This unique experience doubtlessly influenced her writing, bringing a freshness and a spark to her work.

Lastly, her heritage played a significant role in her life and writing. Born in Somerset, England, as the youngest of three, her father was a Welsh engineer while her musically-inclined mother trained as a concert pianist. Despite being born and largely raised in England, Morris always identified as Welsh.

From her schooling at Oxford to her service in the 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers during World War II, these experiences shaped her, providing a wellspring of inspiration for her writing. All in all, Jan Morris possessed an engaging combination of life experiences and world knowledge which she masterfully used to create memorable travel literature.

Married to her wife Elizabeth, they would have five children together, living in the village Llanstumdwy in North Wales. She would pass away on the 20th of November in 2020, leaving behind a strong and illustrious legacy.

Writing Career

Jan Morris made her mark in post-war journalism, writing for The Times and serving as the sole journalist on the historic 1953 Mount Everest expedition. Her coverage of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary’s triumph made headlines, closely coinciding with Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.

Later, she revealed pivotal facts about the Suez Crisis for the Manchester Guardian – facts that dramatically shed light on France and Israel’s joint invasion of Egyptian territory. In the years that followed, her reportage also encompassed the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem.

A sense of longevity marked Morris’s commitment to her craft, as seen in her decades-long dedication to a biography about First Sea Lord John Fisher, finished in 1995. Besides her biographical work, Morris achieved fame for her memoirs and travel essays, with ‘Conundrum’—her bestseller likened to fellow transgender pioneer Christine Jorgensen’s memoir—attracting significant attention.

Through her prolific output, Morris offered profound insights into transition, nature, travel, and history. Her desire, however, was not to be solely seen as a travel writer, but rather, recognized as an author who unearths the intrinsic character of places and their inhabitants. Winning numerous awards throughout her career, her work continues to live on, with readers around the world discovering it every day.


Jan Morris penned the travel book ‘Venice,’ which was first published in 1960. The publishing house Faber and Faber produced the book. It continues to be a testament to Morris’s vivid style and insightful travel writing.

Jan Morris’s book on Venice is highly regarded as one of the most authentic narratives about the city. With an exciting blend of humor, wit, and appreciation, it stands out as an impressive modern account of a city, according to Geoffrey Grigson.

As highlighted by the Sunday Times, this absorbing read features vibrant prose and sharp humor. The Guardian suggests that this expansive text, covering a millennium of Venice’s history, is a timelessly captivating read for anyone interested in this unique city.

Jan Morris’s ‘Venice’ is a treat for all book lovers, not just travel enthusiasts. The text beautifully paints a vivid picture of the city through authentically engaging narratives. Its blend of humor, wit, and appreciation captivates readers — making it a must-read.

Covering a millennium of Venice’s history, it brings the unique city to life in an impressively modern way.

Hong Kong

‘Hong Kong’ is another travel and historical text penned by author Jan Morris. The book hit the stands on February 4, 1997, distributed by Vintage.

During its final days under British governance, Hong Kong was a city of extremes and paradoxes that stirred up both fascination and frustration. This urban landscape was a blend of glaring contrasts: lavish wealth and stark poverty, architectural disharmony yet undeniable beauty.

Jan Morris, by this stage a well-known travel author, provides an in-depth and revealing examination of this mystifying city.


The memoir ‘Conundrum’ is a work by celebrated author Jan Morris. It first made its way into bookstores in 1974, and is published by NYRB Classics.

‘Conundrum’ by Jan Morris is among the earliest books highlighting the process of gender transition. Described by Newsweek as an unparalleled firsthand narrative of transitioning, this touching memoir provides unique insights.

The New York Times praises it as being deeply poetic. Maria Popova from The Marginalian describes it as an exceptional read.

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