Colour – Travels Through the Paintbox, by Victoria Finlay, is a great kaleidoscope of colour, tales and travels. It chronicles Finlay’s pursuit of colour, not just colour but its alchemists, its villains and its conquests. Finlay spans the globe, delivering to the reader adventures in the name of a rainbow of colour from the ancient lands of Arnhem Land in Northern Australia to regional Spain and Taliban-occupied Afghanistan.
It’s a fascinating and enjoyable read and I’d recommend this book to anyone who has gazed on ancient Tibetan tankas with awe, been gobsmacked by the price of saffron or spent hours in foreign museums aimlessly contemplating the art of the great masters.
You can find other recommendations from Intrepid Express readers by clicking on the ‘books for your backpack’ travel theme in this blog.
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