Scraps of Wool: A Journey through the Golden Ages of Travel Writing with Bill Colegrave

Ebenezer Presents is delighted to welcome Bill Colegrave, owner of the Cadogan Guides, travel writer, editor and explorer, for this celebration of the writers who inspire us to travel.


Bill Colegrave has collected travel books for more than four decades and they have guided his life and his adventures.

His recent book, Scraps Of Wool, is a celebration of much of the travel writing that has inspired him and others to travel. It contains famous and lesser known passages, chosen by Bill, his friends and acquaintances among contemporary travel writers: Colin Thubron, Dervla Murphy, Jan Morris, Alexander Frater, Rory MacLean, Freya Stark, Sir Chris Bonnington and many other celebrated adventurers and authors.

Bill on left with Shah of Wakhan

Bill on left with Shah of Wakhan

Bill Colegrave

Bill Colegrave says he is part adventurer and part entrepreneur. ‘They are much the same except that the former never pays and the latter usually doesn’t'.

He lives in London now, having spent five years in the South of France, where he still shares ownership of a boutique hotel ‘as the junior partner of my ex-wife and a Monte Carlo bank’.

He has represented Great Britain at real tennis (over 50’s division) and also in the World Pétanque Championships. He has visited more than 110 countries, ‘with many more to come, I hope’.


Sir Ranulph Fiennes ~ ‘A really great read by a brave and honest man searching for a fascinating grail but fighting powerful personal demons’

2018Martin Keeley