From Azerbaijan to Tahiti, much of the material is familiar — or available (as Davies himself admits) on Wikipedia
For many of us, life has become global.
Areas which were previously tranquil backwaters are now hives of international activity
Leisure travel has given us the possibility of first-hand exposure to once very remote places.
The increase in migration to western countries since the 1940s means that many lives are bound up with previously distant cultures — we have spouses, in-laws, lovers, friends and…