News Release

December 17th, 2020



Vitali Vitaliev takes armchair

travellers on global exploration with new book

- Award-winning writer encourages readers to let their minds travel -

The Bumper Book of Vitali’s Travels – a curation of Vitali Vitaliev’s renowned travel writing over the last thirty years - is being published on February 1st by Thrust Books.


At a time when real-life voyages remain off limits for most, The Bumper Book of Vitali’s Travels enables anyone to journey vicariously and explore virtually the places that self-confessed ‘dromomaniac’ Vitaliev has visited. The book includes hundreds of locations across five continents ranging from the more familiar – reimagined - to the completely obscure, all brought vividly to life by the author’s amusing and inimitable writing style.


The book chronicles Vitali’s first trip outside of the USSR, when he took a train from Moscow to Britain, through to a final journey in March 2020 to Slovenian/Italian town Nova Gorica/Gorizia, just as lockdown was making the open and all but imaginary border real and visible again for the first time in 13 years. In between the first and ‘last’ trips, the author takes the reader on an unforgettable journey around islands, across micronations and quirky enclaves, atop mountains into valleys and through all shades of weird, wonderful, sublime and ridiculous.  


Amongst many other journeys, readers can join Vitali on his explorations pre- and post- lifting of the iron curtain, around Italy in pursuit of a bad meal, ‘chasing ghosts’ as he follows in the footsteps of his favourite authors, and at some of his favourite destinations including Alaska, South Korea, Nevis, the Falkland Islands, Mount Athos, Tasmania, Venice and Montreuil-sur-Mer.


The Bumper Book of Vitali’s Travels transports readers around the world from the comfort of their armchair and provides plenty of travel inspiration for the future.


“As a professional travel writer whose wanderlust has seen me spend most of the last 30 years on the move it would be easy to succumb to pessimism and ennui with the current restrictions on movement. However, as an experienced ‘armchair buccaneer’ I have an instrument to make confinement bearable – travels of the mind,” said Vitali Vitaliev. “The Bumper Book of Vitali’s Travels is intended to be a catalyst for readers to reminisce about their own travel experiences as well as indulge in mine.” 


The Bumper Book of Vitali’s Travels will be available in paperback and for the Kindle through Amazon UK and Amazon US from February 1st, 2021.


To request an advanced reader copy of the book, please contact Francesca De Franco at:

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Notes to editors

Kindle Edition:

* Publisher: Thrust Books

* Sold by: Amazon Kindle Store 

* Language: English

* ISBN: 978-1-912741-08-3



Paperback Edition:

* Publisher: Thrust Books

* Sold by: Amazon Store 

* Language: English

* ISBN:L 978-1-912741-09-0


Author information   


Vitali Vitaliev is a multi-award-winning international journalist, broadcaster and author of thirteen books. He has lived and worked in Russia, England, Scotland, Australia and Ireland and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Literary Fund.


Vitali was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He first made a name for himself in the then Soviet Union, writing satirical journalism in Krokodil and other publications, exposing the activities of organised crime and the all-permeating corruption in the collapsing country. His fearless stance ultimately led to his defection in 1990. He has appeared regularly on TV and radio in the UK (Have I Got News For You, Saturday Night Clive, After Dark, Start the Week), was a writer/researcher for QI and has contributed to newspapers and magazines all over the world.

His books include cult classics such as Passport to Enclavia and Borders Up!  

Vitali has recently won the Gold TABBIE Award for the Best Regular Column. The judges said: "Vitali Vitaliev is a brilliant writer, with a huge depth and breadth of knowledge and is on top of his game in this column format where he uses his storytelling skills superbly. You cannot put his columns down until you have soaked up every word."



Praise for Vitali


‘Vitali Vitaliev is a star in the making.’ TIME MAGAZINE

‘Vitaliev has an irrepressible sense of humour.’ THE GUARDIAN

‘With the charm of Michael Palin, the wit of Clive Anderson, this man is adorable.’ TIME OUT

‘Vitali Vitaliev is that rare thing: a comic writer who is also serious... He is a great traveling companion.’ DOUGLAS KENNEDY

‘Vitaliev transcends his genre, producing a new travel writing of the soul, a journey with lessons about what really matters in life. That makes it literature.’ LITERARY REVIEW

‘Vitaliev is a genial companion. His tone is immensely likeable... I was sorry when the journey ended, and wanted to start the rolling, rocking ride all over again.’ INDEPENDENT