The Great Railway Bazaar
The Old Patagonian Express
The Kingdom By The Sea
Sailing Through China
Sunrise With Seamonsters
The Imperial Way
Riding The Iron Rooster
To The Ends Of The Earth
The Happy Isles Of Oceania
The Pillars Of Hercules
Sir Vidia's Shadow
Fresh Air Fiend
Best American Travel Writing
Dark Star Safari
Ghost Train to the Eastern Star
The Tao of Travel
The Last Train to Zona Verde
Best American Travel Writing 2014


Fong And The Indians
Murder In Mount Holly
Girls At Play
Jungle Lovers
Sinning With Annie
Saint Jack
The Black House
The Family Arsenal
The Consul's File
Picture Palace
A Christmas Card
London Snow
World's End
The Mosquito Coast
The London Embassy
Half Moon Street
The White Mans Burden
My Secret History
Chicago Loop
Millroy The Magician
My Other Life
Kowloon Tong
The Collected Short Novels
Hotel Honolulu
Nurse Wolf And Dr. Sacks
Stranger At The Palazzo D'Oro
Two Stars
Blinding Light
The Elephanta Suite
A Dead Hand
The Lower River
Mr. Bones



Welcome to Paul -- the web's first and only fan site dedicated to the travel and fiction writer, Paul Theroux.

Although I have no link to the author, I will be happy to try and answer any questions and I welcome any comments or information you might be able to add. Please direct all emails to or fill out my online form.

Paul Theroux's latest book, The Last Train to Zona Verde, is now available.

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    Happy Birthday!
    April 10, 2014

    Happy Birthday to Mr. Theroux!!!

    The Independant
    January 25, 2014

    The Independent offers Travel Special 2014: Novelist Paul Theroux discusses the joys of travelling by train. Includes a nice Q&A with Theroux on travelling by train.

    Theroux reads Taylor on Podcast
    Jan 3, 2014

    Theroux reads Elizabeth Taylor (the writer, not the actress) on The New Yorker's Fiction Podcast. Find it on iTunes or the link, here.

    Theroux on Aid to Africa
    November 30, 2013

    Interesting point of view on sending aid to Africa published in Barron's Magazine.

    Theroux on NPR
    November 3, 2013

    Listen to this 5 minute interview on Rachel Martin's Weekend Edition. He leaves the listeners with a challenge: send him places off the beaten path in the rural South where you think he should visit before writing his next travel book. You can email the Weekend Edition show with your suggestions, leave them on their Facebook page or send them to me and I will forward them, as well. Link to audio

    I'm The Meat, You're The Knife
    Sept 30, 2013

    Theroux's latest fiction short story is published in this week's New Yorker Magazine. You can read an interview regarding his inspiration for the story here but to read the full story you will need a subscription to The New Yorker or find a copy at your local library or bookstore!

    Theroux on Byliner
    August 31, 2013

    Byliner is a monthly subscription service that is available unlimited on many devices- Or as they put it: " Unlimited stories on unlimited devices for unlimited pleasure. Originals, exclusives, your favorite writers, and their favorite stories and writers." Currently they have 79 stories and articles by Theroux (and growing), many of which are hard to find anywhere else. Click here if you're interested in subscribing.

    I Hate Vacations
    August 15, 2013

    The Atlantic Monthly interviews Paul Theroux on vacations and more, here.

    MSN Interview
    June 26, 2013

    Quick 5 minute interview on MSN News. Watch here.

    Video from Book Passage Booksigning
    June 11, 2013

    Theroux spoke at the Book Passage Bookstore in San Francisco, a few weeks ago. View here.

    BBC Interview
    June 3, 2013

    BBC interview Theroux on Saturday Live, listen here.

    More Interviews
    May 26, 2013

    With the new book release, many people are giving Theroux the Q&A. Here's one from The Guardian and one from National Geographic.

    USA Today Interview
    May 24, 2013

    USA Today interviewed Theroux on his newest book, The Last Train to Zona Verde.

    Theroux on Grammar & Etiquette
    May 21, 2013

    Here's a short clip from the Dinner Party Download with Theroux. It's pretty funny!

    May 20, 2013

    Congratulations to our Zona Verde Free Book Winner, Karen Hofstad of Petersburg, Alaska! Karen thought the best place for Theroux to write about next was her home state of Alaska! She was randomly chosen out of the hundreds of responses I received. Some people were very specific in answering, some more vague. Other entries include: Peru, Hwy 61 from New Orleans to Chicago, route from Halifax to Vancouver, Brazil, Nigeria, Swaziland, Canada (in general), British Colombia’s coastline, Honduras, Chicago, Iceland, Central Asia, Caribbean Islands, Quebec, Eastern Highlands of New Guinea, Northern Colorado, Denmark, Connaught (West Ireland) and Scotland, Albania, Adirondacks, Stewart Island (New Zealand), Koh Samui (Thailand), Arctic Circle, Wentworth (UK), and Las Vegas. Thank y'all for all your interesting and well conceived answers AND THANKS AGAIN TO HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT WHO PROVIDED THE FREE BOOK!

    Theroux's Hawaii
    May 20, 2013

    Ever wonder what Theroux's day consists of? I always did, but now I know, thanks to a website run by the Financial Times! Click here!

    An American Story
    May 19, 2013

    Theroux travels home to revisit Medford, Mass and Lowell, Mass to see how its changed since his boyhood. Watch a Wall Street Journal video that features Theroux, then read the full story in Barron's Penta here.

    Theroux on Boston
    May 17, 2013

    Being from Medford, Mass, Theroux was interested in how the Boston bombings changed the vibe of the city. Read more here.

    Bob Edwards Show
    May 15, 2013

    Theroux was interviewed by Bob Edwards this morning. Podcasts are no longer available online but encore presentations this week on satellite radio are: 4 AM, 3 PM, 8 PM, 10 PM and tomorrow at 9PM (all ET).

    Theroux's Favorite Books
    May 15, 2013

    A lot of fans ask if I know which books are at the top of Theroux's favorites. Here's his final answer on that subject!

    An Interview
    May 7, 2013

    Nice in depth interview by Dave Seminara with Theroux on

    Travel Like Theroux
    May 7, 2013

    Here he answers Johnny Jet's questions about his travel preferences. (And mentions this website, ha!)

    The Dinner Party Download

    Listen to Theroux chatter about traveling through Africa for his latest book: Last Train To Zona Verde, here.

    May 4/2013

    Theroux's publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, has graciously offered to allow me to raffle off another book! Win a copy of Theroux's latest book, The Last Train to Zona Verde, by emailing me your answer to the following question, by May 17, 2013: Theroux has travelled extensively throughout many areas of the world, but he hasn't written about every place. If you could take Theroux to a certain place for him to write about, where would you take him, and why?

    Theroux on Notetaking
    May 4, 2013

    Many of you ask how me how Theroux takes notes while traveling. Here's his answer.

    Theroux Receives Another Award
    April 30, 2013

    Theroux was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences- Literature. Read more here.

    Forget The Maps
    April 26, 2013

    Theroux writes for the Pacific Standard on traveling and why one should "forget the maps". Click here.

    Theroux to Head Up Literary Event
    April 22. 2013

    Paul Theroux will head up the 11th annual Immrama Festival of Travel Writing in Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland, later this summer. Read more here.

    Smithsonian Article
    April 12, 2013

    Read "The Joys and Dangers of Exploring Africa on the Back of an Elephant" here. Learn about Theroux's journey through Botswana and so much more!

    Happy Birthday!!!
    April 10, 2013

    Happy Birthday Mr. Theroux!!!

    Theroux on Top Gear

    Well, that's not quite accurate! His book "Dark Star Safari" made a debut on the most recent episode of Top Gear- UK edition, the one that is produced by the BBC. See if you can find it!! Watch the trailer for the show here. If the BBC is not accessible to you, it will be available on Netflix, eventually, Season 19, Episode 6- (Africa Special, Part 1)

    Theroux writes for The New Yorker Magazine
    Feb 18, 2013

    See Theroux's latest fiction, "The Furies" in The New Yorker Magazine. Its a Short story about a man who leaves his wife for a younger woman, and the revenge his ex-wife visits upon him. You need a subscription to the magazine, but if you have one click here.

    Theroux's Travel Wish List
    January 11, 2013

    Here's Theroux's travel wish list for the new year. Click here.

    Paul Theroux- WSJ Article
    January 3, 2013

    Read Theroux's funny story on owning his own pool, here: here.

    Theroux to Speak in NYC
    Sept 4, 2012

    Hear Theroux speak in NYC at the New Yorker Festival- Friday Oct 5, 2012, 9:30 pm. More here. tickets on sale Sept 14.

    The Still Point of the Turning World
    Aug 3. 2012

    Read Theroux's favorite destination:here.

    What is Theroux reading?
    July 11, 2012

    Theroux tells his top choice for summer reading to NPR. Read more: here.

    Studio 360 Audio File
    June 10, 2012

    Listen to NPR's Studio 360 interview, here.

    Theroux Answers Your Questions
    June 2, 2012

    Mr. Theroux quickly responded to some of the questions you submitted for the contest. You can view them here.

    June 1, 2012

    Hannah Bradbury is the winner of the free copy of The Lower River, courtesy of publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt! Hannah's question was: "What inspired you to base the evocative character of Allie Fox on an inventor and cultural independent rather than choosing the more common and less imaginative portrayal of jungle missionary?" Thank you to all the entries, you all did a great job!!!

    In the Wall Street Journal
    May 18, 2012

    Theroux examines how the power of the pen shapes his (and other's writings) Read more in The Wall Street Journal.

    May 8, 2012

    Enter to win a copy of Theroux's latest release: The Lower River! (Courtesy of his publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Send your answer (no later than June 1, 2012) to : In less than 50 words, what question would you ask Mr. Theroux over a cup of coffee? Good Luck!

    Harper's Magazine Article
    April 27, 2012

    "Our Raccoon Year" is a new Theroux story, published in the May issue of Harper's Magazine. The story is not accessible online without an account, so purchase a copy from your local bookstore or find it at your local library.

    Smithsonian Mag Article
    April 24, 2012

    "Theroux's Quest to Define Hawaii" has just been published in the most recent month's Smithsonian Magazine. To read it online click here.

    Weighing in on Zimmerman
    April 10, 2012

    Theroux's thoughts on the electrically charged "Zimmerman" case in Florida. Readhere.

    Happy Birthday!!!
    April 10, 2012

    Best Birthday wishes to Mr. Theroux!!!

    Theroux Collection for Sale
    March 29, 2012

    Clouds Hill Books has an amazing collection of Theroux's works up for private sale. The 180 piece collection includes signed copies, magazine articles, first editions, uncorrected proofs and much more. Perhaps the most interesting item is the notorious copy of Jungle Lovers inscribed to VS Naipaul by Theroux. (When Naipaul 'got rid' of his signed copies of Theroux's works, this ended the two writer's friendship, as later written about in Sir Vidia's Shadow). Please contact the webmaster through if you'd like more information.

    Theroux defends Rush Limbaugh
    March 10, 2012

    Published in The Daily Beast, Theroux weighs in on the media's condemnation of Rush Limbaugh.

    Theroux on Nogales
    February 26, 2012

    Published in the New York Times, Theroux tells readers about the strange yet beautiful border crossing of Nogales. Read more here.

    Theroux on Geese, again!
    Feb 20, 2012

    Its about 20 minutes, an audio interview with Theroux on geese, anthropomorphizing, and more. Its a really interesting podcast- listen to it here.

    Funny Theroux Quote
    January 19, 2012

    Theroux is quoted in the Fashion&Style Section of The New York Times in a quirky way- click here.

    Theroux to speak in Florida
    Nov 25, 2011

    Paul Theroux appearing at Sanibel Island, Florida at the Public Library on Jan. 30, 2012, tickets available Dec. 30. Read more here.

    November 14, 2011

    Theroux expresses his thoughts on heirloom tomatoes in this issue of The New Yorker Magazine.

    Theroux in Angola
    November 7, 2011

    How close are you to Luanda, Angola, Africa? November 11, 2011 Theroux will speak to the Angola Field Group. Read more here! And as the link suggests...maybe this will be the topic for another travelogue????

    Theroux Spotlights Murakami
    October 24, 2011

    In Vanity Fair Magazine Theroux writes about 1Q84, a new novel by Haruki Murakami. Read more here.

    Article in Town & Country
    October 25, 2011

    Not available on the web, but find a copy of the latest issue (October)of Town & Country Magazine to read "A Royal Pain", an article detailing his troubles through the years with gout.

    Theroux Included in New Book
    October 21, 2011

    A story by Theroux is included in The New Granta Book of Travel, read the review in the Irish Times.

    A Fifth Avenue Festival of Lights
    October 20, 2011

    Theroux attends Indian party at New York Hotel. Read more, here.

    Favorite Travel Book
    Sept 16, 2011

    The Guardian- UK asked famous travel writers what their favorite travel books were. Theroux gives his answer, here.

    9/11 Revisited
    Sept 5, 2011

    Read Theroux's thoughts on 9/11- 10 years later, published in the UK Telegraph- here.

    NEW BOOK!!
    July 8, 2011

    Theroux's next fiction release "The Lower River" will be released early next year. See the mention here.

    Fiction in Harper's Magazine
    June 27, 2011

    The latest issue of Harper's Magazine (July 2011) includes a short fiction story, called Incident in the Oriente. Athough not available online, you can find this at your local library or bookstore. Great read!!!

    The City: Honolulu
    June 26, 2011

    Read Theroux's latest article in Newsweek Magazine on Honolulu, here.

    Theroux on Tavis Smiley
    May 25, 2011

    Theroux will be interviewed on the Tavis Smiley Show on PBS on May 26th. If you miss it, the podcast will be available on the PBS website.

    Interview with Reuters
    May 18, 2011

    Here's a great interview with Theroux by Christine Kearney for Reuters. More here.

    Interview with Theroux
    May 17, 2011

    interesting interview with Theroux in The Atlantic Magazine,here.

    Interview on KQED Radio
    May 16, 2011

    Hear 52 minutes of Theroux on KQED, interviewed by Michael Krasny for Forum. Click here.

    Theroux wins Award
    May 11, 2011

    Virginia Quarterly Review won a National Magazine Award for a piece of fiction by Theroux called "Minor Watt". Buy a copy today, an online version is not available to general public.

    The Wicked Coast
    May 11, 2011

    Read Theroux's newest article in The Atlantic Magazine about the wonders of Maine in the winter. Click here.

    Q&A with Theroux
    April 16, 2011

    Travel & Leisure Magazine did a brief interview with Theroux. Read it here.

    Theroux to speak in California
    April 7, 2011

    Theroux will speak at Books Inc. in Berkeley, CA on May 16, 2011 at 7:00pm. Click here for more information.

    Wish I could go....!
    April 7, 2011

    Theroux is one of many slated guests at this year's Welsh Hay Festival (also known as the "Woodstock of the Mind"). Strangely enough, this year's speakers include not only Theroux, but also his former friend, nobel laureate, VS Naipaul. The two had a public falling-out-- read Theroux's "Sir Vidia's Shadow", for more information. For more information on attending the festival click here.

    Why We Travel- New York Times
    April 1, 2011

    In the Travel section of the New York Times, Theroux gives his argument for travelling during today's turbulent times. Read the full article here.

    Thoughts on Japan
    March 21, 2011

    Theroux's thoughts on Japan and the earthquake- read it here.

    Theroux to speak in London
    March 13, 2011

    At the Southbank Centre, on May 24, Theroux will speak in the Purcell Room about his latest book, The Tao of Travel. Book tickets online.

    Theroux Contributes to Granta
    March 5, 2011

    Theroux's latest contribution to Granta Magazine (Edition 114: Aliens) is a memoir called English Hours: Nothing Personal. The actual article is not available online, but those interested can buy a copy at their local bookstore, such as Barnes and Noble.

    Theroux to speak at PSU
    March 2, 2011

    Saturday, October 18, from 12-2, Portland State University will hold a luncheon and talk with guest speaker Paul Theroux. For more information click here.

    3 Questions for Theroux
    Mar 1, 2011

    Publisher's Weekly poses three questions to Theroux in regards to his upcoming book: The Tao of Travel. Read more here.

    50 Years of the Peace Corps
    Feb 18, 2011

    Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps in Boston on March 3rd. Paul Theroux will be one of several speakers at the event. More information:Click here.

    This Was England- in the Guardian
    Feb 13, 2011

    For almost two decades Theroux lived in Britain. He arrived shortly before Bloody Sunday in 1972 and here, he revisits the bombs, the strikes, the cheats and the streakers which left their indelible mark on him- See the article in The Observer Section of today's Guardian.

    Smithsonian Article
    January 1, 2011

    Theroux's thoughts on autobiographies and whether he will ever write one.Read the article here. To see more photos from the shoot, by photographer Susan Seubert,click here.

    Theroux Contributes to Ox-Travels
    Dec 17, 2010

    Theroux is one of many writers contributing a story to Ox-Travels, a book to be published in the UK to raise money for Oxfam Charities. It will be published May 26, 2011. Read more here.

    Theroux on Youtube
    Nov 21, 2010

    Here's a cute Youtube flick of an interview with Theroux. He gives his advice to writers...Click here.

    Upcoming Book
    November 15, 2010

    Paul Theroux celebrates fifty years of wandering the globe by collecting the best writing on travel from the books that shaped him, as a reader and a traveler. The Tao of Travel is scheduled to be published 05/19/2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Keep checking back for more information.

    National Geographic Interview
    October 26, 2010

    In case you missed the April issue of National Geographic Magazine you can read Theroux's One on One Interview with Keith Bellows here.

    100 Journeys for the Spirit
    October 26, 2010

    New Book! 100 Journeys for the Spirit, a new book published by The Telegraph is a guidebook that features 25 spots with excerpts from famous travel writers, novelists and poets including Paul Theroux. For more information, click here or here. To order, click this.

    Theroux on Chatwin
    Sept 6, 2010

    Interesting review of a new book on Chatwin- click here. Coincidentally, Granta Magazine has also made 3 Theroux articles available to the general public-- one is an older tribute to Chatwin, click here.

    Following in Theroux's Footsteps
    Sept 2, 2010

    Always been inspired by the travels of Theroux?Ever thought you'd like to emulate him? Read Rachel Pook's blog as she retraces his steps from The Old Patagonian Express and writes her own travelogue on her experiences abroad. She's made it to Colombia!

    The Daily Beast
    May 5 2010

    Theroux's comments on Arizona's new laws on the online blog, The Daily Beast-- Click here .

    Troop Therapy
    April 24, 2010

    OP-ED from the New York Times. In the wake of the judgement against The Boy Scouts of America- Theroux weighs in his thoughts on growing up as a scout. Read morehere .

    The Age of E-Books
    April 15, 2010

    What does the emergence of e-readers mean for writers, for storytelling, for the place of fiction in the cultural landscape? Find out more in Theroux's article for the current issue of The Atlantic Magazine .

    Tough Questions For Obama
    Mar 16, 2010

    The Beacon: The Independant Institute-- Theroux's open questions to President Obama on ObamaCare. Click here.

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