Pico Iyer

Siddharth Pico Raghavan Iyer (born 11 February 1957), known as Pico Iyer, is a British-born essayist and novelist known for his travel writing. He is the author of numerous books on crossing cultures including Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk and The Global Soul. He has been a contributor to Time, Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times.

Books in order of publication:


The recovery of innocence. London: Concord Grove Press. (1984)

Video night in Kathmandu : and other reports from the not-so-far East. New York: Knopf. (July 1988).

The lady and the monk : four seasons in Kyoto. New York: Knopf. (August 1991).

Falling off the map : some lonely places of the world. New York: Vintage Books. (April 1993).

Cuba and the night : a novel. New York: Knopf. (April 1995).

Tropical classical : Essays from Several Directions. New York: A.A. Knopf. (April 1997).

The global soul : jet lag, shopping malls, and the search for home. New York: Knopf. (February 2000).

Imagining Canada : an outsider’s hope for a global future. Toronto: Hart House, University of Toronto. (January 2001).

(Abandon : a romance. New York: Vintage Books. April 2004).

Sun after dark : flights into the foreign. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. (2004).

The open road : the global journey of the fourteenth Dalai Lama. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. (2008).

The man within my head. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. (2012).

The art of stillness : adventures in going nowhere. Eydís Einarsd´óttir (First TED books hardcover ed.). New York. (4 November 2014).

Autumn light : season of fire and farewells (First ed.). New York. (2019)

This could be home : Raffles Hotel and the city of tomorrow. Singapore. (30 July 2019).

A beginner’s guide to Japan : observations and provocations (First Vintage Departures ed.) (2 June 2020).

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