THE manager of the Oxfam shop in Yeovil has welcomed the publication of a new book by the charity entitled Ox-Travels.

Following on from the huge success of Ox-Tales in 2009, Oxfam and Profile Books have embarked on a new project - OxTravels. The short story collection Ox-Tales, raised £137,000 for the charity, and Oxfam is hoping that OxTravels will be just as successful. Three dozen of the world’s most lively, critical and thought-provoking travel writers were asked to recall a significant encounter from their adventures – one unforgettable meeting that enriched the writer – the result is OxTravels, a book that will broaden everyone’s horizons.

OxTravels is available in all of Oxfam’s shops and bookshops, and all royalties will go to Oxfam.

From Rory Stewart’s portrait of an Afghan wrestler to Sara Wheeler’s recollection of a love affair in Poland, from Ruth Padel searching for tiger shamans in Sumatra, to Aminatta Forna rediscovering Sierra Leone, OxTravels’ stories are life-changing, affecting and amusing, by turn.

Together they transport readers into a brilliant, vivid atlas of encounters. The book has a forward written by Michael Palin and an afterword by Oxfam’s Chief Executive Barbara Stocking.

The Yeovil shop manager, Anthea Kenyon, said: "We are thrilled to have such great writers on board and the stories take you all over the world- just what you want in the summer'.

"And the best thing is that every booksale will be helping to support Oxfam’s life-changing work around the work.

“On average, five books sold in an Oxfam shop will pay for an adult literacy class and 21 books sold will equip an entire classroom in Vietnam’. So you can read about a world beyond the living room, and contribute to it too."

The book includes contributions from 36 remarkable writers including Rory Stewart, Colin Thubron, William Dalrymple, Sara Wheeler, Dervla Murphy, Chris Stewart, Ruth Padel, Aminatta Forna, Jan Morris, Tim Butcher and Patrick Leigh Fermor.

OxTravels is priced at £8.99 paperback/eBook; and all royalties will be donated to Oxfam in support of its vital work fighting poverty in more than 70 countries around the world.