Roads to the South - Cees Nooteboom; Laura Watkinson; | Foyles Bookstore
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Roads to the South
Foyalty 45

Roads to the South (Hardback)

Awaiting publication


'What you see at that moment always remains unknown. I know where I am and I know what this place is called, but does that help? If I were to defy the rules and continue along Dampier Downs Road, I would probably die of thirst. I realise that such temptation is no doubt hard for other people to imagine. But I have always felt that way. There is a bend in the road, and of course you have to go up to the bend to see what is around the corner.'

Invited to the Perth Literary Festival in 2000, Nooteboom visited Australia for the first time and fell in love with the country and its people, choosing to stay and live for a year.

The essays in this hymn to the continent begin with the author's visit to Broome in the northwest of Australia. Weaving the occasion of his arrival in this remote town with his exploration of its history at the heart of the pearl fishing industry more than a century ago and its moment, centre stage, during World War Two, Nooteboom splices the details of time - names, places, stories and heroes - to create what he calls a 'scratch on the map. That is all I have ever done.'

Roads to the South is the extraordinary and delicate cicatrice on the country's literary landscape.

Essays & WritingEssays & JournalismLiterary essaysTravel & MapsTravel writing Publisher: Welbeck Publishing Group Publication Date: 27/04/2023 ISBN-13: 9781914495311  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
Availability: Awaiting publication Pre-Order

Cees Nooteboom was born in The Hague in 1933. He is a poet, a novelist and leading European thinker. The recipient of numerous literary awards including for his fiction, the Pegasus Prize, his travel writing includes Roads to Santiago (Harvill Press, 1997), Roads to Berlin (MacLehose Press, 2012), Venice (MacLehose Press, 2020) and 533 (MacLehose Press, 2021). Laura Watkinson is the translator of Cees Nooteboom's Venice, Roads to Berlin and Letters to Poseidon. She has lived in the Netherlands since 2003.

More books by Cees Nooteboom

More books by Laura Watkinson

Leave Review

Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.


Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
Free UK Standard Delivery on Orders Over £25 (2nd Class)     3-5 Days
UK Standard Delivery (2nd Class) £2.99 £0.00 3-5 Days
UK 1st Class Delivery £3.99 £0.00 2-3 Days

Click & Collect / 
Delivery to a Foyles Bookshop


Free Free Click and Collect and Delivery to Store is available for all our shops. Collection times will vary depending on availability of items. Individual despatch times for each item will be given at checkout.
Please wait for order arrival confirmation email before making a journey to collect.
UK Courier* £7.95 £0.00 1 Working Day
Western Europe Airmail** £9.00 £1.00 7-8 Days
Rest of World Airmail*** £12.50 £1.00 7-10 Days

* For courier service please contact the Charing Cross Road store

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

*** We are currently unable to delivery to the following countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ghana, Iraq, Lebanon, Macao, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Virgin Island US

Given the unfolding situation across Ukraine, with regret we have now suspended orders placed from, or to be delivered to, both Russia and Ukraine. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

For goods delivered outside of the UK, the consignee (ie the person to whom the consignment is sent) will be the declarant and importer into the country for which the consignment is destined. The consignee will be responsible for both customs clearance and payment of customs duties and local taxes where required.

Customs Charges - if you are ordering goods for delivery outside of the UK, please note that your consignment may be subject to VAT (Value Added Tax), other taxes, customs duties and/or fees levied by the destination country. Any such charges levied in relation to customs clearance must be borne by you. It is accepted by you that Foyles has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance. Foyles recommend that you check with your local customs officials or post office for more information regarding importation taxes/duties that may be applicable to your online order.

Delivery Help & FAQs

A Year of Books Subscription Packages 

Delivery is free for the UK. Western Europe costs £60 for each 12 month subscription package purchased. For the Rest of the World the cost is £100 for each package purchased. All delivery costs are charged in advance at time of purchase. For more information please visit the A Year of Books page.

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

Pop Song: Adventures in Art and Intimacy
Larissa Pham
black girl, no magic
Kimberly McIntosh
Roots, Routes and Revolutions
Vivien Goldman
Empire Windrush: Reflections on 75...
Onyekachi Wambu
© W&G Foyle Ltd