This is the sort of travel book that I find not only absorbingly good reading, but inspiring, provocative and heartening. The author's Invitation to Travel should be within ready reach on every travel book shelf, and now this one should stand beside it-books to fire the imagination of those who want-and hope- to travel, books for nostalgic recall for those whose steps have traveled kindred paths. Here is plenty of good sound commonsense on how to travel, the things one should know, the costs involved, the basic plan for a month in England. But here is that imponderable other aspect of the good travel book, that ability to share experience, the sights, the sounds, the feel of places seen, the sense of adventure and discovery, the enthusiasm equally for the beauty, the savor of the expected, the thrill of the unexpected. There's plenty of opportunity for elasticity in the trip as planned; there's balance in city and rural experience; there's a chance to explore when one's special enthusiasms lead (gardens -- antiques- cathedrals -- pre-historic England -- sports, etc.). But, underlying it all, is a sound basic philosophy of travel, and a contagion of shared delights.