Paul Theroux has been travel writing for over 50 years. In On The Plain of Snakes (Hamish Hamilton, £20; Tablet price £18), he journeys to the heart of Mexico and beyond. He visits the Mexican and US border towns, where the drug cartels hold sway and many desperate migrants meet their death; learns Spanish in Oaxaca; and meets Subcomandante Marcos in Chiapas. Theroux’s lost none of his grit, and is an engaging raconteur and meticulous researcher.
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