• Ottoman Odyssey: Travels Through a Lost Empire
    Ottoman Odyssey: Travels Through a Lost Empire
    ISBN: 9781784293710
    Title: Ottoman Odyssey: Travels Through a Lost Empire
    Author: SCOTT ALEV

    It's a story of surprises. An acolyte of Erdogan in Christian-majority Serbia confirms the wide-reaching appeal of his authoritarian leadership. A Druze warlord explains the secretive religious faction in the heart of the Middle East. The palimpsest-like streets of Jerusalem's Old Town hint at the Ottoman co-existence of Muslims and Jews. And in Turkish Cyprus, Alev Scott rediscovers a childhood home. In every community, history is present as a dynamic force.

    Faced by questions of exile, diaspora and collective memory, Alev Scott searches for answers from the cafes of Beirut to the refugee camps of Lesbos. She uncovers in Erdogan's nouveau-Ottoman Turkey a version of the nostalgic utopias sold to disillusioned voters in Europe and America. And yet--as she relates with compassion, insight, and humor--diversity is the enduring, endangered heart of this fascinating region.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Outpost A Journey to the Wild Ends of the Earth
    Outpost A Journey to the Wild Ends of the Earth
    ISBN: 9781786891570
    Title: Outpost A Journey to the Wild Ends of the Earth
    Author: RICHARDS DAN

    There are still wild places out there on our crowded planet.Through a series of personal journeys, Dan Richards explores the appeal of far-flung outposts in mountains, tundra, forests, oceans and deserts. Following a route from the Cairngorms of Scotland to the fire-watch lookouts of Washington State; from Iceland's 'Houses of Joy' to the Utah desert; frozen ghost towns in Svalbard to shrines in Japan; Roald Dahl's writing hut to a lighthouse in the North Atlantic, Richards explores landscapes which have inspired writers, artists and musicians, and asks: why are we drawn to wilderness? What can we do to protect them? And what does the future hold for outposts on the edge?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Pagan Light: Dreams of Freedom & Beauty in Capri
    Pagan Light: Dreams of Freedom & Beauty in Capri
    ISBN: 9781250251145
    Title: Pagan Light: Dreams of Freedom & Beauty in Capri
    Author: JAMES JAMIE

    A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

    "Pagan Light is mesmerizing. Every detail is compelling. I felt I was reading a family history of a family far more interesting than mine." --Edmund White, author of Our Young Man

    A rich, intimate embrace of Capri, which was a magnet for artistic renegades and a place of erotic refuge

    Isolated and arrestingly beautiful, the island of Capri has been a refuge for renegade artists and writers fleeing the strictures of conventional society from the time of Augustus, who bought the island in 29 BC after defeating Antony and Cleopatra, to the early twentieth century, when the poet and novelist Jacques d'Adelsw rd-Fersen was in exile there after being charged with corrupting minors, to the 1960s, when Truman Capote spent time on the island. We also meet the Marquis de Sade, Goethe, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Compton Mackenzie, Rilke, Lenin, and Gorky, among other astonishingly vivid characters.

    Grounded in a deep intimacy with Capri and full of captivating anecdotes, Jamie James's Pagan Light tells how a tiny island served as a wildly permissive haven for people--queer, criminal, sick, marginalized, and simply crazy--who had nowhere else to go.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.99
  • Paris & Other Disappointments
    Paris & Other Disappointments
    ISBN: 9780143793397
    Title: Paris & Other Disappointments

    Sick of going overseas and enjoying himself, comedian Adam Rozenbachs decided he should take his father on the trip of a lifetime to Europe. For his dad, it was a chance to return to the place he hasn't seen fleeing post-war Germany as an immigrant. For Adam, it was a chance to repay his dad for everything he'd given him in life. As it turned out, after three weeks of travel, Adam decided not killing his dad was more than enough repayment. The trip took frustration to a whole new level as Adam discovered his dad doesn't like museums, galleries, landmarks, travelling, or Paris.

    God, he hated Paris.

    But amid the irritation of travelling with an adult toddler (an adoddler), Adam learned - through gritted teeth - more about his dad, his family and himself.

    If you've ever travelled with family, are considering it, or would never even dream of it, you will identify with the pain, pressure and triumph of Adam making it out alive (and with a hint of sanity left). Paris and Other Disappointments is a hilarious memoir about fathers and sons, and the joys and challenges of travel, from one of Australia's most talented comedians.

    Praise for Adam Rozenbachs' stand-up-

    'Do you have or have you ever had a parent? Well if you have, there's something in this show for you . . . There really is something in here for everyone. Adam Rozenbachs is a seasoned comedy writer and performer, with TV and radio credits as well as stand-up and it really shows. A quality performance.' Herald Sun

    'Good, honest, Aussie bloke-y comedy with lashings of cheeky charm.' The Age

    'This is a show for anyone with a father, anyone who has been to Europe, or anyone who wants to know what it would be like to go to Europe with their father without actually having to suffer through it.' Squirrel Comedy

    'Combining his skills as raconteur with an acutely developed sense of comic timing, this is mainstream, storytelling comedy at its best . . . the result is a great character study of a particular type of set-in-their-ways bloke.' Chortle UK

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Paris Match Falling in (love) with the French
    Paris Match Falling in (love) with the French
    ISBN: 9781788166096
    Title: Paris Match Falling in (love) with the French

    An American falls in love and becomes a Parisian - just not the way he imagined.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Pine Barrens
    Pine Barrens
    ISBN: 9781911547167
    Title: Pine Barrens
    Author: MCPHEE JOHN

    Most people think of the American state of New Jersey as a suburban-industrial corridor that sits just west of New York City. But in the centre of the state lies a vast wilderness - larger than most national parks - which has been known since the seventeenth century as the Pine Barrens. In The Pine Barrens, McPhee uses his uncanny skills as a journalist to explore the history of the region and to describe the people - and their distinctive folklore - who call it home. Including one who can navigate the immensely dense woods by sheer memory, and another who responds to McPhee's knock on his door with a pork chop in one hand, a raw onion in the other, and the greeting 'Come in. Come in. Come on the hell in.' With a new foreword by Iain Sinclair

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Pravda Ha Ha: True Travels to the End of Europe
    Pravda Ha Ha: True Travels to the End of Europe
    ISBN: 9781408896532
    Title: Pravda Ha Ha: True Travels to the End of Europe
    Author: MACLEAN ROY

    'A gem of a book, informative, companionable, sometimes funny, and wholly original. MacLean must surely be the outstanding, and most indefatigable, traveller-writer of our time' John le CarréIn 1989 the Berlin Wall fell. In that euphoric year Rory MacLean travelled from Berlin to Moscow, exploring lands that were - for most Brits and Americans - part of the forgotten half of Europe. Thirty years on, MacLean traces his original journey backwards, across countries confronting old ghosts and new fears: from revanchist Russia, through Ukraine's bloodlands, into illiberal Hungary, and then Poland, Germany and the UK. Along the way he shoulders an AK-47 to go hunting with Moscow's chicken Tsar, plays video games in St Petersburg with a cyber-hacker who cracked the US election, drops by the Che Guevara High School of Political Leadership in a non-existent nowhereland and meets the Warsaw doctor who tried to stop a march of 70,000 nationalists. Finally, on the shores of Lake Geneva, he waits patiently to chat with Mikhail Gorbachev.As Europe sleepwalks into a perilous new age, MacLean explores how opportunists - both within and outside of Russia, from Putin to Home Counties populists - have made a joke of truth, exploiting refugees and the dispossessed, and examines the veracity of historical narrative from reportage to fiction and fake news. He asks what happened to the optimism of 1989 and, in the shadow of Brexit, chronicles the collapse of the European dream.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Rhine: Following Europe's Greatest River from the Alps to Amsterdam
    Rhine: Following Europe's Greatest River from the Alps to Amsterdam
    ISBN: 9781473662179
    Title: Rhine: Following Europe's Greatest River from the Alps to Amsterdam
    Author: COATES BEN

    The Rhine is one of the world's greatest rivers. Once forming the outer frontier of the Roman Empire, it flows 800 miles from the social democratic playground of the Netherlands, through the industrial and political powerhouses of Germany and France, to the wealthy mountain fortresses of Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

    For five years, Ben Coates lived alongside a major channel of the river in Rotterdam, crossing it daily, swimming and sailing in its tributaries. In The Rhine, he sets out by bicycle from the Netherlands where it enters the North Sea, following it through Germany, France and Liechtenstein, to where its source in the icy Alps. He explores the impact that the Rhine has had on European culture and history and finds out how influences have flowed along and across the river, shaping the people who live alongside it.

    Blending travelogue and offbeat history, The Rhine tells the fascinating story of how a great river helped shape a continent.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00

  • Rings of Saturn  Vintage Classic
    Rings of Saturn Vintage Classic
    ISBN: 9780099448921
    Title: Rings of Saturn Vintage Classic

    A walking tour through the haunted landscapes of the past, in the company of the exiled and the departed.The Rings of Saturn begins as the record of a journey on foot through coastal East Anglia. From Lowestoft to Southwold to Bungay. Sebald's own story becomes the conductor of evocations of people and cultures past and present: of Chateaubriand, Thomas Browne, Swinburne and Conrad, of fishing fleets, skulls and silkworms. The result is a book unlike any other in contemporary literature, an intricately patterned and endlessly though provoking meditation on the transcience of all things human.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $18.00
  • Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain
    Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain
    ISBN: 9780552779838
    Title: Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain
    Author: BRYSON BILL

    A loving and hilarious--if occasionally spiky--valentine to Bill Bryson's adopted country, Great Britain. Prepare for total joy and multiple episodes& of unseemly laughter.

    Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the bestselling travel books ever written. Now he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed--and what hasn't.

    Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and, when called for, twits. With his matchless instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his unerring eye for the idiotic, the bewildering, the appealing, and the ridiculous, he offers acute and perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today.

    Nothing is more entertaining than Bill Bryson on the road--and on a tear. The Road to Little Dribbling reaffirms his stature as a master of the travel narrative--and a really, really funny guy.

    From the Hardcover edition.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Sailing Alone Around the World
    Sailing Alone Around the World
    ISBN: 9781909612600
    Title: Sailing Alone Around the World

    Sailing Alone Around the WorldBy Captain Joshua SlocumThe next day I landed at Fairhaven, opposite New Bedford, and found that my friend had something of a joke on me. For seven years the joke had been on him. The "ship" proved to be a very antiquated sloop called the Spray, which the neighbors declared had been built in the year 1. She was affectionately propped up in a field, some distance from salt water, and was covered with canvas.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
  • Santiago Pilgrimage: Walking the Immortal Way
    Santiago Pilgrimage: Walking the Immortal Way
    ISBN: 9781848667808
    Title: Santiago Pilgrimage: Walking the Immortal Way

    "Whenever I was asked: 'Why did you go to Santiago?', I had a hard time answering. How could I explain to those who had not done it that the way has the effect - if not the virtue - to make you forget all reasons that led you to become involved in it in the first place."

    Each year, tens of thousands of backpackers (Christian pilgrims and many others) set out from either their front doorstep or from popular starting points across Europe, to Santiago de Compostela. Most travel by foot, others ride a bicycle, and a few of them travel as did some of their medieval counterparts, on horseback or with a donkey.

    In addition to those who undertake a religious pilgrimage, the majority are hikers who walk the way for non-religious reasons: travel, sport, or simply the challenge of spending weeks walking in a foreign land. Also, many consider the experience as a spiritual adventure, with a view to removing themselves from the bustle of modern life.

    Jean-Christophe Rufin followed this "Northern Way" to Santiago de Compostela by foot, on over eight hundred kilometers. Much less crowded than the usual pilgrimage route, this one runs along the Basque and Cantabrian coasts in Spain and through the wild mountains of Asturias and Galicia.

    Translated from the French by Malcolm Imrie and Martina Dervis

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Savage Dreamland: Journeys in Burma
    Savage Dreamland: Journeys in Burma
    ISBN: 9781408883884
    Title: Savage Dreamland: Journeys in Burma
    Author: EIMER DAVID

    From 1962, the people of Burma were marooned in a paranoid military dictatorship, effectively cut off from the outside world. It was only in late 2015 that the National League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, won absolute majority and were able to take their seats in government. Yet the government and country are still far from stable.

    Nothing is straightforward in this captivating and enigmatic land. In a country where building a temple takes priority over installing traffic lights, golf courses are ploughed out alongside fields of opium poppies and fortune-tellers are consulted on a daily basis even by the government, any sepia-tinged and colonial idea of Burma is long out of date. A Vicious Wonderland reveals it in all its technicolour glory. To explore its magic and depths, David Eimer takes his narrative through history, class and geography, including areas still barred to foreigners. This is a story balanced by historical context but related by the people with whom Eimer shares his time, from granddaughters of former presidents to the squatters in Yangon's shacks, from former political exiles to jade miners digging for their fortune in the far north.

    Layers of history are unfurled and innumerable stories are woven together to create a sensitive and revelatory portrait of this most mysterious of countries. Authoritative and ground-breaking, A Vicious Wonderland: Travels in Burma is set to be a modern classic of travel-writing.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North
    Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North
    ISBN: 9781781858950
    Title: Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North

    Scandinavia is the epitome of cool: we fill our homes with Nordic furniture; we envy their humane social welfare system and their healthy outdoor lifestyle; we glut ourselves on their crime fiction; even their strangely attractive melancholia seems to express a stoic, commonsensical acceptance of life's vicissitudes. But how valid is this outsider's view of Scandinavia, and how accurate is our picture of life in Scandinavia today? Scandinavians follows a chronological progression across the Northern centuries: the Vendel era of Swedish prehistory; the age of the Vikings; the Christian conversions of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland; the unified Scandinavian state of the late Middle Ages; the sea-change of the Reformation; the kingdom of Denmark-Norway; King Gustav Adolphus and the age of Sweden's greatness; the cultural golden age of Ibsen, Strindberg, and Munch; the impact of the Second World War; Scandinavia's postwar social democratic nirvana; and the terror attacks of Anders Behring Breivik.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Seashaken Houses A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet
    Seashaken Houses A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet
    ISBN: 9781846149382
    Title: Seashaken Houses A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet

    Lighthouses are striking totems of our relationship to the sea. For many, they encapsulate a romantic vision of solitary homes amongst the waves, but their original purpose is much more utilitarian than that. Still today we depend upon their guiding lights for the safe passage of ships. Nowhere is this truer than in the rock lighthouses of Great Britain and Ireland, a ring of 19 towers built between 1811-1905, so called because they were constructed on desolate rock formations in the middle of the sea, and made of granite to withstand the power of its waves.

    Seashaken Houses is a lyrical exploration of these singular towers, the people who risked their lives building and rebuilding them, those that inhabited their circular rooms, and the ways in which we value emblems of our history in a changing world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
  • Shadow of the Sun: My African Life
    Shadow of the Sun: My African Life
    ISBN: 9780140292626
    Title: Shadow of the Sun: My African Life

    In reality, except as a geographical term, Africa doesn't exist. Kapuscinski has been visiting Africa since 1957. Here he attempts to hold up a mirror to the ever-changing situations and predicaments of an entire continnet. The length of his relationship with Africa, the depth and the variety of his experiences and his determination to avoid offical routes, palaces and big politics create an account of post-colonial Africa seen at once as a whole and as a kaleidoscope of events entirely resistant to generalized explanations. As always, Kapmscinski writes vividly about his experiences and the people he meets. But more than this, he attempts to come to terms with humanity as it struggles to escape from foreign domination from the inoxications of freedom, from war and from politics as theft. Kapuscinski has already written a highly regarded collection of essays on contemporary Africa.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • Sinning Across Spain
    Sinning Across Spain
    ISBN: 97805228625
    Title: Sinning Across Spain
    Author: PIPER AILSA

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Slow Travel A Movement
    Slow Travel A Movement
    ISBN: 9781741176674
    Title: Slow Travel A Movement
    Author: WATSON PENNY

    It can be challenging to travel in the modern world without falling for the temptations of fast planes, cheap airlines, last-minute tickets, quick-fix travel apps and overzealous tour operators. To actually take a back seat, and allow yourself time to embrace the ebb and flow of travel, requires a more thoughtful and philosophical way of journeying. Slow Travel is a beautifully designed and practical compendium of places, activities, tours and experiences that will inspire you to get on the road in your own time and on your own terms. This book explores slow travel as a physical or philosophical endeavor, taking readers off the beaten track and through nature, and unveils journeys that will nurture talent and ignite the inner-self. You could decide to cruise slow-mo down Egypt's Nile on a 19th-century steam ship, visit ancient dzongs and temples in Bhutan or learn the art of sourdough baking in Venice. There are features on the world's best wellness escapes, digital-detox destinations and 'slo-tels' (hotels where long minimum stays and remote locations ensure full immersion). Along with compelling information, interviews and imagery, you'll find a how-to guide of helpful tips, from planning for slow travel to what music to listen to in the slow zone. In this fast-paced world, it's worth adjusting your vacation time to a pace we can all strive to keep up with.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
  • South Pole: The British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913
    South Pole: The British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913
    ISBN: 9781614280101
    Title: South Pole: The British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913

    Although it's a piece of history learned by every British student, the Terra Nova Expedition of 1910-1913 remains an epic story unknown to many. In this ultimate showing of life and boundless bravery, Robert F. Scott and his five-man team battled the elements--traveling through subzero temperatures with motor sledges and ponies--in the hope of being the first to reach this uninhabited territory.

    Arriving at the South Pole on January 18, 1912, the adventurers were greeted by their worst nightmare: a Norwegian flag. Disheartened and badly frostbitten, they trudged back toward their boat, only to die just eleven miles from the next depot. Featuring a collection of stunning black-and-white photography alongside entries from Scott's harrowing diary, this volume starkly presents this well-documented journey.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $75.00

  • South: The Illustrated Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-1917
    South: The Illustrated Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-1917
    ISBN: 9780760364826
    Title: South: The Illustrated Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-1917

    In 1914, the polar explorer Ernest Shackleton announced an ambitious plan to lead the first trek across Antarctica via the South Pole. The expedition would prove fraught with adventure--and peril. South is the remarkable tale of the ill-fated expedition, told in Shackleton's own words--breathtakingly illustrated in this unique edition with photography from the expedition, modern images of the Antarctic, and newly discovered photos from the Ross Sea Party.

    This handsome edition, first published in 2016, is presented in paperback to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the original publication and features images by expedition photographer Frank Hurley, modern color photography of the fauna and vistas the men encountered, as well as long-lost photos taken by the expedition's Ross Sea Party and discovered in 2013.

    The expedition's story begins on the eve of World War I, when the ship Endurance departed England with Shackleton and his team of six men. The plan was to travel 1,800 miles across the icy continent from the Atlantic side, while a second team aboard the Aurora, would reach Antarctica's Pacific side and lay out supply depots for the advancing team. As the Endurance approached the continent, however, it became hopelessly locked in an ice floe, beginning a series of harrowing travails.

    Today considered an adventure survival classic, South is the true story of a thrilling polar expedition. Never before has Shackleton's lively prose been so extensively and stunningly illustrated.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Streets of Paris: A Guide to the City of Light Following in the Footsteps of Famous Parisians Throughout History
    Streets of Paris: A Guide to the City of Light Following in the Footsteps of Famous Parisians Throughout History
    ISBN: 9781250074324
    Title: Streets of Paris: A Guide to the City of Light Following in the Footsteps of Famous Parisians Throughout History
    Author: CAHILL SUSAN

    For hundreds of years, the City of Light has set the stage for larger-than-life characters-from medieval lovers H#65533;lo#65533;se and Abelard to the defiant King Henri IV to the brilliant scientist Madame Curie, beloved chanteuse Edith Piaf, and the writer Colette. In this beautifully illustrated book, Susan Cahill recounts the lives of twenty-two famous Parisians and then takes you through the seductive streets of Paris to the quartiers where they lived and worked: their homes, the scenes of their greatest triumphs and tragedies, their favorite cafes, bars, and restaurants, and the off-the-beaten-track places where they found inspiration and love. From Sainte-Chapelle on the Ile de la Cite to the cemetery Pere Lachaise to Montmartre and the Marais, Cahill not only brings to life the bold characters of a tumultuous history and the arts of painting, music, sculpture, film, and literature, she takes you on a relaxed walking tour in the footsteps of these celebrated Parisians. Each chapter opens with a beautiful four-color illustration by photographer Marion Ranoux, and every tour begins with a Metro stop and ends with a list of "Nearbys"-points of interest along the way, including cafes, gardens, squares, museums, bookstores, churches, and, of course, patisseries.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Tales from Nowhere 3
    Tales from Nowhere 3
    ISBN: 9781786576217
    Title: Tales from Nowhere 3
    Author: 3RD EDITION

    "Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher*"

    Unexpected stories from unexpected places.

    Many places can feel like nowhere: a desert, an isolated village, even the middle of a bustling, impersonal city. And then something happens: an adventure, a revelation, an experience that changes the whole landscape. The discovery that every place is the centre of the world to somebody and has its own riches and wonders. The authors of these 30 real-life tales find passion, surprise and illumination in the middle of Borneo or Beijing, in a Mayan mountain village, along a timeworn trail in Tuscany, on an isolated South Pacific island, or under a desert moon in Mali.

    These richly varied stories all celebrate and illuminate one simple truth: if we embark on each adventure with an open heart and an open mind, travel will take us places we never planned to go, and enrich and enlighten us in ways we never otherwise would have known.

    Featuring stories by: Anthony Sattin, Danny Wallace, Jason Elliot, Pam Houston, Ralph Potts, Pico Iyer, Tim Cahill, Simon Winchester

    About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places where they travel.

    "TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category"

    "'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times"

    "'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia) "

    "*#1 in the world market share - source: Nielsen Bookscan. Australia, UK and USA. March 2012-January 2013"

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00

  • Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey From Bean to Cup
    Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey From Bean to Cup
    ISBN: 9781471156052
    Title: Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey From Bean to Cup
    Author: JACOBS A. J.

    The idea was deceptively simple: New York Times bestselling author A.J. Jacobs decided to thank every single person involved in producing his morning cup of coffee. The resulting journey takes him across the globe, transforms his life, and reveals secrets about how gratitude can make us all happier, more generous, and more connected.Author A.J. Jacobs discovers that his coffee--and every other item in our lives--would not be possible without hundreds of people we usually take for granted: farmers, chemists, artists, presidents, truckers, mechanics, biologists, miners, smugglers, and goatherds. By thanking these people face to face, Jacobs finds some much-needed brightness in his life. Gratitude does not come naturally to Jacobs--his disposition is more Larry David than Tom Hanks--but he sets off on the journey on a dare from his son. And by the end, it's clear to him that scientific research on gratitude is true. Gratitude's benefits are legion: It improves compassion, heals your body, and helps battle depression. Jacobs gleans wisdom from vivid characters all over the globe, including the Minnesota miners who extract the iron that makes the steel used in coffee roasters, to the Madison Avenue marketers who captured his wandering attention for a moment, to the farmers in Colombia. Along the way, Jacobs provides wonderful insights and useful tips, from how to focus on the hundreds of things that go right every day instead of the few that go wrong. And how our culture overemphasizes the individual over the team. And how to practice the art of "savoring meditation" and fall asleep at night. Thanks a Thousand is a reminder of the amazing interconnectedness of our world. It shows us how much we take for granted. It teaches us how gratitude can make our lives happier, kinder, and more impactful. And it will inspire us to follow our own "Gratitude Trails."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $23.00
  • Time of Gifts: on Foot to Constantinople - from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube
    Time of Gifts: on Foot to Constantinople - from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube
    ISBN: 9780719566950
    Title: Time of Gifts: on Foot to Constantinople - from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube

    In 1933, at the age of 18, Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on an extraordinary journey by foot - from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is the first volume in a trilogy recounting the trip, and takes the reader with him as far as Hungary. It is a book of compelling glimpses - not only of the events which were curdling Europe at that time, but also of its resplendent domes and monasteries, its great rivers, the sun on the Bavarian snow, the storks and frogs, the hospitable burgomasters who welcomed him, and that world's grandeurs and courtesies. His powers of recollection have astonishing sweep and verve, and the scope is majestic. First published to enormous acclaim, it confirmed Fermor's reputation as the greatest living travel writer, and has, together with its sequel Between the Woods and the Water (the third volume is famously yet to be published), been a perennial seller for 25 years

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Travels with a Writing Brush: Classical Japanese Travel Writing from the Manyoshu to Basho
    Travels with a Writing Brush: Classical Japanese Travel Writing from the Manyoshu to Basho
    ISBN: 9780241310878
    Title: Travels with a Writing Brush: Classical Japanese Travel Writing from the Manyoshu to Basho

    Discover a realm of travel writing undreamed of in the West - a richly literary tradition extending through a thousand years and more, whose individual works together weave a dense and beautiful brocade of repeated patterns and motifs, tones and textures. Here are asobi, the wandering performers who prefigured geisha; travelling monks who sleep on pillows of grass and listen to the autumnal insects; and a young girl who passionately longs to travel to the capital and read more stories. Taking in songs, dramas, tales, diaries and above all, poetry, this wonderful anthology roams over mountains and along perilous shores to show how profoundly travel inspired the Japanese imagination.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Travels With Charley: in Search of America Penguin Classics Deluxe Ed
    Travels With Charley: in Search of America Penguin Classics Deluxe Ed
    ISBN: 9780143107002
    Title: Travels With Charley: in Search of America Penguin Classics Deluxe Ed

    Penguin Classics commemorates the 50th anniversary of Steinbeck's Nobel Prize with two stunning new editions of his best-loved works
    At age fifty-eight, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America. This chronicle of their trip meanders from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Still evocative and awe-inspiring after fifty years,Travels with Charley in Search of America provides an intimate look at one of America's most beloved writers in the later years of his life-a self-portrait of a man who never wrote an explicit autobiography. Written during a time of upheaval and racial tension in the South-which Steinbeck witnessed firsthand-Travels with Charleyis a stunning evocation of America on the eve of a tumultuous decade.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
    Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
    ISBN: 9781922079954
    Title: Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
    Author: ADAMS MARK

    What happens when an unadventurous adventure writer tries to re-create the original expedition to Machu Picchu?In 1911, Hiram Bingham III climbed into the Andes Mountains of Peru and 'discovered' Machu Picchu. While history has recast Bingham as a villain who stole both priceless artifacts and credit for finding the great archaeological site, Mark Adams set out to retrace the explorer's perilous path in search of the truth—except Adams had written about adventure far more than he'd actually lived it. In fact, he'd never even slept in a tent.Turn Right at Machu Picchu is Adams's fascinating and funny account of his journey through some of the world's most majestic, historic and remote landscapes guided only by a hard-as-nails Australian survivalist and one nagging question: Just what was Machu Picchu?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Tuscan Places : Antipodeans Seeking More Than Michelangelo
    Tuscan Places : Antipodeans Seeking More Than Michelangelo
    ISBN: 9781925333961
    Title: Tuscan Places : Antipodeans Seeking More Than Michelangelo

    What do Antipodeans seek in Tuscany and
    what do they find? Germaine Greer went
    from rapture to rejection, Robert Hughes
    from rapture to Time, David Malouf from
    disappointment to appreciation and New
    Zealand troops from Chianti to Florence,
    which they helped liberate in World War
    II. The responses have been richly varied
    during the 150 years Tuscany has been a
    magnet and a benchmark. Antipodeans
    have found welcome echoes and
    unexpected resonances but this is the first
    time their story has been told with such flair
    and nuance.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $43.00
  • Under the Stars: How America Fell in Love With Camping
    Under the Stars: How America Fell in Love With Camping
    ISBN: 9781627791953
    Title: Under the Stars: How America Fell in Love With Camping
    Author: WHITE DAN

    From the Sierras to the Adirondacks and the Everglades, Dan White travels the nation to experience firsthand-and sometimes face first-how the American wilderness transformed from the devil's playground into a source of adventure, relaxation, and renewal. Whether he's camping nude in cougar country, being attacked by wildlife while "glamping," or crashing a girls-only adventure for urban teens, White seeks to animate the evolution of outdoor recreation. In the process, he demonstrates how the likes of Emerson, Thoreau, Roosevelt, and Muir-along with visionaries such as Adirondack Murray, Horace Kephart, and Juliette Gordon Low-helped blaze a trail from Transcendentalism to Leave No Trace. Wide-ranging in research, enthusiasm, and geography, Under the Stars reveals a vast population of nature seekers, a country still in love with its wild places.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
  • Venice: A Traveller's Reader
    Venice: A Traveller's Reader
    ISBN: 9781472140302
    Title: Venice: A Traveller's Reader

    Henry James wrote of Venice: 'You desire to embrace it, to caress it, to possess it . . .' whereas Mark Twain found St Mark's 'so ugly . . . propped on its long row of thick-legged columns, its back knobbed with domes, it seems like a vast, warty bug taking a meditative walk'.

    Reactions to Venice have been, throughout the ages, astonishingly different. John Julius Norwich has put together a dazzling anthology, drawing on the writings of Byron, Goethe, Wagner, Casanova, Jan Morris, Robert Browning and Horace Walpole, among many others.

    The pieces range from the sixth century, when the early lagoon-dwellers lived 'like sea-birds in huts, built on heaps of osiers' to the exquisite city of eighteenth-century revellers and nineteenth-century art lovers. The city's many diferent guises are shown as both its citizens and visitors saw them.

    This wonderful volume from the Traveller's Reader series also contains maps, engravings and notes on history, art, architecture and everyday city life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Walking to Jerusalem
    Walking to Jerusalem
    ISBN: 9781473673694
    Title: Walking to Jerusalem

    'What's so impressive about Justin Butcher's book is the interweaving of his personal face-to-face experiences in Israel and Palestine against the backdrop of the social and political realities there. This book displays an empathy that is unusual in discussions of that tangled and tragic situation - the kind of empathy that will be essential in arriving at any decent solution to it.' BRIAN ENO

    2017 marked three important anniversaries for the Palestinian people: 100 years since the Balfour Declaration; 50 years since the Six-day War; and ten years since the Blockade of Gaza. As an act of penance, solidarity and hope, actor and musician Justin Butcher - along with ten other companions for the full route, plus another hundred joining him for various stretches along the way - walked from London to Jerusalem.

    This book is the record of his journey: a combination of walking journal, travel writing and pilgrim stories. It's less of a travel guide to walking across Europe and more an exploration of the many strands radiating from the Holy Land and its narrative, weaving paths across place and history, through the lives of Justin's fellow-walkers - and, of course, his own life.

    Between the route itinerary and the themes of Balfour and Christian Zionism, Weizmann and cordite, colonialism, Jerusalem Syndrome and Desert spirituality, Justin charts a chronicle of serendipity: happenstances hilarious, infuriating and occasionally numinous - or, as pilgrims might say, encounters with the Divine.

    'This is a gripping and intelligent book that everybody should read.' PATRICK COCKBURN, Middle East correspondent, The Independent

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Water Ways A Thousand Miles along Britain's Canals
    Water Ways A Thousand Miles along Britain's Canals
    ISBN: 9781781257968
    Title: Water Ways A Thousand Miles along Britain's Canals
    Author: WINN JASPER

    Most of us in England and Wales live within five miles of a canal - and they are used more today than in their industrial heyday. There is a lot more to canals than just narrowboats!

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Way Home Tales from a Life Without Technology
    Way Home Tales from a Life Without Technology
    ISBN: 9781786077271
    Title: Way Home Tales from a Life Without Technology
    Author: BOYLE MARK

    No running water, no car, no electricity or any of the things it powers- the internet, phone, washing machine, radio or light bulb. Just a wooden cabin, on a smallholding, by the edge of a stand of spruce. In this honest and lyrical account of a remarkable life without modern technology, Mark Boyle explores the hard won joys of building a home with his bare hands, learning to make fire, collecting water from the stream, foraging and fishing.
    What he finds is an elemental life, one governed by the rhythms of the sun and seasons, where life and death dance in a primal landscape of blood, wood, muck, water, and fire o much the same life we have lived for most of our time on earth. Revisiting it brings a deep insight into what it means to be human at a time when the boundaries between man and machine are blurring.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Way to the Sea The Forgotten Histories of the Thames Estuary
    Way to the Sea The Forgotten Histories of the Thames Estuary
    ISBN: 9781783784141
    Title: Way to the Sea The Forgotten Histories of the Thames Estuary

    From a writer who grew up on the Estuary, this is a fresh take on the Thames, from source to sea

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World
    White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World
    ISBN: 9781925355086
    Title: White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World
    Author: DYER GEOFF

    From one of Britain's most original writers, White Sands is a creative exploration of why we travel. Episodic, wide-ranging, funny and smart, the linked journeys recall the themes of Dyer's Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It--albeit with the wisdom of (middle) age.

    From a trip to the Lightning Field in New Mexico to chasing Gauguin's ghost in French Polynesia, from falling for someone who may or may not be a tour guide in Beijing's Forbidden City to tracking down the house of an intellectual hero in Los Angeles, Dyer pursues all permutations of the peak experience--including the trough experience.

    In his trademark style he blends travel writing, essay, criticism and fiction with a smart and cantankerous wit that is unmatched. This is a book for armchair travellers and procrastinating philosophers everywhere.

    Geoff Dyeris the author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasiand three previous novels, as well as nine non-fiction books. He has won the Somerset Maugham Prize, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, a Lannan Literary Award, the International Centre of Photography's 2006 Infinity Award for writing on photography, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters E.M. Forster Award. In 2009 he was named GQ's Writer of the Year. He won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2011 and was a finalist in 1998. In 2015 he won a Windham Campbell Award for Non-fiction and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Dyer currently lives in Los Angeles where he is a writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California. His most recent book is White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World.

    'One of the funniest writers working today.' Australian Book Review

    'Geoff Dyer is a true original-one of those rare voices in contemporary literature that never ceases to surprise, disturb and delight.' William Boyd

    'Reading Dyer is akin to the sudden elation and optimism you feel when you make a new friend, someone as silly as you but cleverer too, in whose company you know you will travel though life more vagrantly, intensely, joyfully...Quite possibly the best living writer in Britain.'& Daily Telegraph(UK)

    'Dyer is more than a cult writer; he's a virus, invading your system. You look at things differently, embracing the idiosyncratic, keeping the obvious at bay.' Spectator

    'Among the most original and talented writers of his generation.' Independent on Sunday

    'Dyer is compared to Proust, Lawrence and Kingsley Amis. The praise is deserved.' Evening Standard

    'Expect customary wit and insight...Likely the literary travel event of the year.' Bookseller

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Wild Women & Their Amazing Adventures Over Land Sea & Air
    Wild Women & Their Amazing Adventures Over Land Sea & Air
    ISBN: 9781788540025
    Title: Wild Women & Their Amazing Adventures Over Land Sea & Air

    The best travel writing by women.

    From Constantinople to Crimea; from Antarctica to the Andes. Throughout history adventurous women have made epic, record-breaking journeys under perilous circumstances. Whether escaping constricted societies back home or propelled by a desire for independence, footloose females have ventured to the four corners of the earth and recorded their exploits for posterity.

    For too long their triumphs have been overshadowed by those of their male counterparts, whose honourable failures make bigger news. In curating this collection of first-hand accounts, broadcaster, writer and traveller Mariella Frostrup puts female explorers back on the map. Her selection includes explorers from the 1700s to the present day, from iconic heroines to lesser-known eccentrics, celebrating 300 years of wild women and their amazing adventures over land, sea and air.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Wind at My Back: A Cycling Life
    Wind at My Back: A Cycling Life
    ISBN: 9781472948151
    Title: Wind at My Back: A Cycling Life
    Author: MAUNDER PAUL

    A beautifully written exploration of the links between cycling, creativity and the landscape.

    In this deeply personal and lyrical exploration of what it means to ride a bicycle, Paul Maunder explores how our memories have a dialogue with landscape and how cycling and creativity are connected. Taking a journey through the places that have shaped him, we ride across wild moorland, through suburbia and city streets, into quintessentially English pastoral scenes. We see too some of the darker parts of the British countryside, sites of great secrecy that intrigue the imagination. This is abook about how landscape can sustain us, and how even an hour's escape can inspire our creative sides. The bicycle allows us to explore and dream, and return in time for dinner.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • World of My Own: The First Ever Non-Stop Solo Round the World Voyage
    World of My Own: The First Ever Non-Stop Solo Round the World Voyage
    ISBN: 9781472974402
    Title: World of My Own: The First Ever Non-Stop Solo Round the World Voyage

    On Friday 14 June 1968 Suhaili, a tiny ketch, slipped almost unnoticed out of Falmouth harbour steered by the solitary figure at her helm, Robin Knox-Johnston. Ten and a half months later Suhaili, paintwork peeling and rust streaked, her once white sails weathered and brown, her self-steering gone, her tiller arm jury rigged to the rudder
    head, came romping joyously back to Falmouth to a fantastic reception for Robin, who had become the first man to sail round the world non-stop single-handed.

    By every standard it was an incredible adventure, perhaps the last great uncomputerised journey left to man. Every hazard, every temptation to abandon the astounding voyage came Robin's way, from polluted water tanks, smashed cabin top and collapsed boom to lost self-steering gear and sheered off tiller, and all before the tiny ketch had fought her way to Cape Horn, the point of no return, the fearsome test of any seaman's nerve and determination.

    A World of My Own is Robin's gripping, uninhibited, moving account of one of the greatest sea adventures of our time. An instant bestseller, it is now reissued for a new generation of readers to be enthralled and inspired.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
    Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
    ISBN: 9781785780233
    Title: Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country

    When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn t Disneyland, but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries.
    What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born, or made? Helen decides there is only one way to find out: she will give herself a year, trying to uncover the formula for Danish happiness.
    From childcare, education, food and interior design to SAD, taxes, sexism and an unfortunate predilection for burning witches, "The Year of Living Danishly" is a funny, poignant record of a journey that shows us where the Danes get it right, where they get it wrong, and how we might just benefit from living a little more Danishly ourselves."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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