10 retro road trip novels guaranteed to give you itchy feet

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A tattered old map, a flask of strong coffee, a set of wheels and a cassette of hardcore power ballads (ahem) – oh, how we love a road-trip! And as for company, whether we’re camped on the roadside or boarded up in a seedy motel, there’s nothing better than a good book. Happily, in the last fifty years or so, many of our literary heroes have taken to the highways. Here’s a quick look at just a few of our favourite novels written in homage to adventures, both good and bad.

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10 novels written in the 1950s we love even more today

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Unlike us forgetful, breakable and generally unreliable human folk, good old books get better and better with age. Or, at least, the books themselves stay the same, but our appreciation of them grows. It’s been over sixty years since the fifties first exploded onto the stage, complete with greasers, the end of UK food rationing and the I Love Lucy show. What a decade! Its books weren’t half bad, either. Here’s a selection of 1950s lit that still rocks our world….

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10 novels written in the 1960s we love even more today

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Some things only improve with age: oak trees, hard cheeses, George Clooney… Some novels, also, get better and better; remove them from the initial hype and throw in some historical context and the time to reread (and reread and reread), and you’re left with the most stimulating and rewarding of texts. Here’s a handful of books from the 1960s that we think are ageing particularly well…

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