"She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling"
Joseph Conrad
Public DomainJoseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad ran away to sea at the age of 16, and spent many years travelling all over the world, including captaining a steamer up the Congo River, a trip which would later inspire his book Heart of Darkness. Another of his books, Lord Jim, is set on the high seas. After giving up his maritime career, he settled in the UK, and, although English was his third language, he became a successful writer. 

The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad on Book Drum



Ernest Hemingway
Public DomainErnest Hemingway

Like Conrad, American writer Ernest Hemingway was a committed traveller and spent many years living in Europe, where he fought in the Spanish Civil War. He also travelled to Africa, which provided him with the inspiration to write Green Hills of Africa, a non-fiction narrative of his trip and hunting excursion. 

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway on Book Drum



Rudyard Kipling
Public DomainRudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay in 1865, in the days when India was still part of the British Empire. He wrote a collection of stories that were published under the name of The Jungle Book. He is also famous for the Just So Stories, a collection of tales that explain why the animals look the way they do.

Kim by Rudyard Kipling on Book Drum