jan morris

About Jan Morris

Jan Morris burst onto the literary scene as a young reporter for the London Times, when, as James Morris, she accompanied the 1953 British expedition that made the first successful ascent of Mount Everest and scooped the world with a report that hit the papers the very day of Queen Elizabeth II' s coronation. Morris is the world-renowned author of more than 40 books, including The World of Venice, Hong Kong, Sydney, The Matter of Wales, and Pax Britannica, which was hugely popular when released and remains an enduring work of literary history. Morris is considered Britain' s foremost travel essayist and historian, and is an Honorary Fellow of the University College of Wales. She has received numerous nominations for the Booker Prize. Coast to Coast reveals the talents of this young writer who would go on to produce book after book of engaging social, and world, commentary.

Coast to Coast

Coast to CoastHere at the dawn of the publication of Jan Morris' final book, is her very first. Fresh from her successful scoop reporting on the first Everest ascent in 1953, she spent a year journeying by car, train, ship, and aircraft across the United States. "I did not know it then, and nor did America, but chance had brought me across the Atlantic at the very apex of American happiness," says Morris, in her new Introduction. In her brilliant prose, Morris records with exuberance and curiosity a time of innocence in the U.S.--when television was in its infancy, the Big Mac had not yet been invented, adn the popular song of the day was "Chatanooga Choo-Choo."