Day 446 – Wind.

I am currently reading Where The Wild Winds Are by Nick Hunt.

He searches for four winds which effect European weather.

The Helm. The Bora. The Foehn. The Mistral.

Hunt’s writing is descriptive, informative, and engaging.

It is one of those books where you rack your brain for a similar idea, to justify going off around the world, and writing about it.

The wind is exotic and has lots of references to it in folklore and even religious belief, cultural history and science, but had been done.

So what would you go in search of?

Reading the World.

Continuing with the theme of my last two posts, further research has led me to Ann Morgan who, in 2012, had a similar notion to me.

Year of Reading Around World

As well as reading her way around the world, Ann Morgan has given a TED talk about the experience and the impact it has had on her.

Her list of 196 countries and books which she has read, or were suggested to her is pretty spectacular.

Now which country to begin with?

Around the World in 80 Books.

If you’ve read my previous post, The Music of Strangers, then you will understand why I’ve added this post. If you didn’t, then I’ve come to the realisation that my knowledge of world literature is quite lacking.

A quick Google search brought up’s Around the World in 80 Books.


The majority of these books are modern novels but here is a list of a 100 world novels spanning the 19th and 20th Century.

Let me know if you have any suggestions of where to start?

I’m thinking of beginning with the Lebanon, because I watched a cookery programme by Nigel Slater on the country, and the food and people seemed nice.


The Music of Strangers.

This is actually the fifth attempt at writing the first line of this post about what world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma did next in the year my youngest son was born. He formed a world-wide ensemble called Silkroad, which:

creates music that engages difference, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning to build a more hopeful world.

The ensemble represents musicians and cultures from across the globe.

Even though Yo-Yo Ma’s version of J.S. Bach’s Cello Sonatas is one of my favourites, I confess I had not come across the Silkroad Ensemble, until I watched a documentary about it called, The Music of Strangers.


The stories of the principal musicians – their lives and their musicianship – and how this became the language they predominantly communicated in, is awe-inspiring. If you are a musician you immediately want to be a better one, and if you aren’t, might I suggest the Galician bag-pipes?

All the way through the documentary, and then the subsequent music-streaming service, listening to the recordings, I realised two things. First, I wanted to be in a writer’s version of the ensemble, and second, my knowledge of literature from other parts of the world is woefully inadequate.

This realisation led me to two further considerations. First, I needed to start reading more literature from other cultures, and second, I may need to become a bit more well-known (like Yo-Yo Ma) before I could be beckoned, or indeed do the beckoning, towards a similar writers’ ensemble.

If you bet me to the latter, then don’t forget I suggested it!