• Limits of the Known
    Limits of the Known
    ISBN: 9780393356595
    Title: Limits of the Known

    David Roberts has spent his career documenting voyages to the most extreme landscapes on earth. In Limits of the Known, he reflects on humanity's--and his own--relationship to exploration and extreme risk. Part memoir and part history, this book tries to make sense of why so many have committed their lives to the desperate pursuit of adventure. What compelled Eric Shipton to return, five times, to the ridges of Mt. Everest, plotting the mountain's most treacherous territory years before Hillary and Tenzing's famous ascent? What drove Bill Stone to dive 3,000 feet underground into North America's deepest cave? And what is the future of adventure in a world we have mapped and trodden from end to end? In the wake of his diagnosis with throat cancer, Roberts seeks answers with new urgency and "penetrating self-analysis" (Booklist).

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
  • Little Book of Japanese Living
    Little Book of Japanese Living
    ISBN: 9780711249929
    Title: Little Book of Japanese Living

    This pocket edition of How to Live Japanese is the ultimate insider's introduction to the country of Japan. Discover the very best of Japanese design, cookery, philosophy and culture with The Little Book of Living Japanese. Get outdoors, be gracious to your neighbour and start harmonizing your all too busy life.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $23.00
  • Living Mountain: A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland
    Living Mountain: A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland
    ISBN: 9780857861832
    Title: Living Mountain: A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland
    Author: SHEPHERD NAN

    A classic eulogy to the beauty and magnificence of the mountains A lyrical testament in praise of the Cairngorms, this prose meditation testifies to the author's love of the hills and her knowledge of them in all their moods. First published in 1977, 30 years after it was written, it is a work deeply rooted in Nan Shepherd's knowledge of the natural world, and a poetic and philosophical meditation on our longing for high and holy places. Drawing on different perspectives of the mountain environment, Shepherd makes the familiar strange and the strange awe-inspiring. Her sensitivity and powers of observation put her into the front rank of nature writing.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
  • Living Mountain: A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland
    Living Mountain: A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland
    ISBN: 9781786897350
    Title: Living Mountain: A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland
    Author: SHEPHERD NAN

    'The finest book ever written on nature and landscape in Britain' Guardian

    Introduction by Robert Macfarlane. Afterword by Jeanette Winterson

    In this masterpiece of nature writing, Nan Shepherd describes her journeys into the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland. There she encounters a world that can be breathtakingly beautiful at times and shockingly harsh at others. Her intense, poetic prose explores and records the rocks, rivers, creatures and hidden aspects of this remarkable landscape.

    Shepherd spent a lifetime in search of the 'essential nature' of the Cairngorms; her quest led her to write this classic meditation on the magnificence of mountains, and on our imaginative relationship with the wild world around us. Composed during the Second World War, the manuscript of The Living Mountain lay untouched for more than thirtyyears before it was finally published.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
  • Lonely Planet's Global Chocolate Tour
    Lonely Planet's Global Chocolate Tour
    ISBN: 9781788689458
    Title: Lonely Planet's Global Chocolate Tour

    Chock-full of the world's tastiest chocolate experiences, the latest book in our Global Tour series is sure to satisfy the sweet tooth of cocoa lovers near and far. From South America to Europe to Australia, Lonely Planet's Global Chocolate Tour includes master chocolatiers and artisan producers, exotic cocoa plantations, and must-visit shops, plus illustrated spreads on the history, production, and science of chocolate making.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00

  • Lost Continent: Travels in Small-town America
    Lost Continent: Travels in Small-town America
    ISBN: 9781784161804
    Title: Lost Continent: Travels in Small-town America
    Author: BRYSON BILL

    âe~I come from Des Moines. Somebody had toâe(tm)

    And, as soon as Bill Bryson was old enough, he left. Des Moines couldnâe(tm)t hold him, but it did lure him back. After ten years in England, he returned to the land of his youth, and drove almost 14,000 miles in search of a mythical small town called Amalgam, the kind of trim and sunny place where the films of his youth were set. Instead, his search led him to Anywhere, USA; a lookalike strip of gas stations, motels and hamburger outlets populated by lookalike people with a penchant for synthetic fibres. He discovered a continent that was doubly lost; lost to itself because blighted by greed, pollution, mobile homes and television; lost to him because he had become a stranger in his own land.

    Brysonâe(tm)s acclaimed first success, The Lost Continent is a classic of travel literature âe" hilariously, stomach-achingly, funny, yet tinged with heartache âe" and the book that first staked Bill Brysonâe(tm)s claim as the most beloved writer of his generation.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Lost Japan: Last Glimpse of Beautiful Japan
    Lost Japan: Last Glimpse of Beautiful Japan
    ISBN: 9780141979748
    Title: Lost Japan: Last Glimpse of Beautiful Japan
    Author: KERR ALEX

    An enchanting and fascinating insight into Japanese landscape, culture, history and future. Originally written in Japanese, this passionate, vividly personal book draws on the author's experiences in Japan over thirty years. Alex Kerr brings to life the ritualized world of Kabuki, retraces his initiation into Tokyo's boardrooms during the heady Bubble Years, and tells the story of the hidden valley that became his home. But the book is not just a love letter. Haunted throughout by nostalgia for the Japan of old, Kerr's book is part paean to that great country and culture, part epitaph in the face of contemporary Japan's environmental and cultural destruction. Winner of Japan's Shincho Gakugei Literature Prize, and now fully revised in a new edition. Alex Kerr is an American writer, antiques collector and Japanologist. Lost Japan is his most famous work. He was the first foreigner to be awarded the Shincho Gakugei Literature Prize for the best work of non-fiction published in Japan.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Made in America: An Informal History of American English
    Made in America: An Informal History of American English
    ISBN: 9781784161866
    Title: Made in America: An Informal History of American English
    Author: BRYSON BILL

    âe~Funny, wise, learned and compulsiveâe(tm) - GQ

    Bill Bryson turns away from travelling the highways and byways of middle America, so hilariously depicted in his bestselling The Lost Continent, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid and Notes from a Big Country, for a fast, exhilarating ride along the Route 66 of American language and popular culture.

    In Made in America, Bryson tells the story of how American arose out of the English language, and along the way, de-mythologizes his native land - explaining how a dusty desert hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasnâe(tm)t won, why Americans say âe~lootenantâe(tm) and âe~Toosdayâe(tm), how they were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up - as well as exposing the true origins of the words G-string, blockbuster, poker and snafu.

    âe~A tremendously sassy work, full of zip, pizzazz and all those other great American qualitiesâe(tm)
    Will Self, Independent on Sunday

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Made in Scotland: My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country
    Made in Scotland: My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country
    ISBN: 9781785943744
    Title: Made in Scotland: My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country

    All roads lead home.

    'After my knighthood was announced,
    a woman from the BBC came to
    Glasgow to interview me. We sat
    down in a lovely hotel in a nice part
    of town, and she hit me with her first
    question: "This must mean a lot to
    you, with you coming from nothing?"
    I looked at her, and I laughed.

    "I did'nae come from nothing,"
    I told her. "I come from something."

    I grew up in the tenements of
    post-war Glasgow. I am very proud
    to be working class, and especially
    a working-class Glaswegian who
    has worked in the shipyards. I come
    from the working class. And, most
    of all, I come from Scotland.

    Scotland is a unique and wonderful
    place. Its national motto says
    a lot about it: Nemo me impune
    lacessit. A decent translation might
    be: 'By all means punch me
    in the nose but prepare yourself
    for a kick in the arse.'

    I did'nae come from nothing:
    I come from Scotland. And this
    book is about why I will always be
    happy and proud that I do.'

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Magdalena: River of Dreams
    Magdalena: River of Dreams
    ISBN: 9781847926111
    Title: Magdalena: River of Dreams
    Author: DAVIS WADE

    A captivating new book - from the winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Into the Silence - that illuminates Colombia's complex past, present, and future through the story of the great Rio Magdalena.

    Travellers often become enchanted with the first country that captures their hearts and gives them license to be free. For Wade Davis, it was Colombia. In this masterful new book, he revisits the mighty Magdalena, the river that made possible the nation. Along the way, he finds a people who have overcome years of conflict precisely because of their character, informed by an enduring spirit of place, and a deep love of a land that is home to the greatest ecological and geographical diversity on the planet.

    Only in Colombia can a traveller wash ashore in a coastal desert, follow waterways through wetlands as wide as the sky, ascend narrow tracks through dense tropical forests, and reach verdant Andean valleys rising to soaring ice-clad summits.

    Both a corridor of commerce and a fountain of culture, the wellspring of Colombian music, literature, poetry and prayer, the Magdalena has served in dark times as the graveyard of the nation. And yet, always, it returns as a river of life. At once an absorbing adventure and an inspiring tale of hope and redemption, Magdalena gives us a rare, kaleidoscopic picture of a nation on the verge of a new period of peace.

    Braiding together memoir, history, and journalism, Wade Davis tells the story of the country's most magnificent river, and in doing so, tells the epic story of Colombia.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Midlife Cyclist My Two-Wheel Journey to Heal a Broken Mind & Find Joy
    Midlife Cyclist My Two-Wheel Journey to Heal a Broken Mind & Find Joy
    ISBN: 9781788701846
    Title: Midlife Cyclist My Two-Wheel Journey to Heal a Broken Mind & Find Joy

    The second heartfelt and inspirational story of Rachel Cullen's marathon journey with mental health. Perfect for readers who enjoyed Bryony Gordon's Mad Girl and Mike Carter's One Man And His Bike.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Moor A Journey into the English Wilderness
    Moor A Journey into the English Wilderness
    ISBN: 9780571290055
    Title: Moor A Journey into the English Wilderness

    Shortlisted for the 2015 Wainwright Prize

    In this journey across England's most forbidding and mysterious terrain, William Atkins takes the reader from south to north, exploring moorland's uniquely captivating position in our history, literature and psyche. Atkins' journey is full of encounters, busy with the voices of the moors, past and present. He shows us that, while the fierce terrains we associate with Wuthering Heights and The Hound of the Baskervilles are very human landscapes, the moors remain daunting and defiant, standing steadfast against the passage of time.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey
    Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey
    ISBN: 9781876175702
    Title: Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey

    The book of the popular movie STARRING GAEL GARCIA BERNAL NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The young Che Guevara's lively and highly entertaining travel diary, now a popular movie and a New York Timesbestseller. This new, expanded edition features exclusive, unpublished photos taken by the 23-year-old Ernesto on his journey across a continent, and a tender preface by Aleida Guevara, offering an insightful perspective on the man and the icon. ""A journey, a number of journeys. Ernesto Guevara in search of adventure, Ernesto Guevara in search of America, Ernesto Guevara in search of Che. On this journey of journeys, solitude found solidarity, 'I' turned into 'we'."" -Eduardo Galeano ""When I read these notes for the first time, I was quite young myself and I immediately identified with this man who narrated his adventures in such a spontaneous manner… To tell you the truth, the more I read, the more I was in love with the boy my father had been…"" -Aleida Guevara ""Our film is about a young man, Che, falling in love with a continent and finding his place in it."" -Walter Salles, director of ""The Motorcycle Diaries."" ""As his journey progresses, Guevara's voice seems to deepen, to darken, colored by what he witnesses in his travels. He is still poetic, but now he comments on what he sees, though still poetically, with a new awareness of the social and political ramifications of what's going on around him.""- January Magazine Also available in Spanish: DIARIOS DE MOTOCICLETA (978-1-920888-11-4) Features of this edition include: Published in association with the Che Guevara Studies Center, Havana

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
  • Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination
    Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination
    ISBN: 9781783784509
    Title: Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination

    Mountains of the Mind is a beautifully written synthesis of climbing memoir and cultural history

    WINNER OF THE GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD Once we thought monsters lived there. In the Enlightenment we scaled them to commune with the sublime. Soon, we were racing to conquer their summits in the name of national pride. In this ground-breaking, classic work, Robert Macfarlane takes us up into the mountains: to experience their shattering beauty, the fear and risk of adventure, and to explore the strange impulses that have for centuries lead us to the world's highest places.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Moveable Feast
    Moveable Feast
    ISBN: 9780099909408
    Title: Moveable Feast

    Ernest Hemingway s classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, now available in a restored edition, includes the original manuscript along with insightful recollections and unfinished sketches.
    Published posthumously in 1964, "A Moveable Feast" remains one of Ernest Hemingway s most enduring works. Since Hemingway s personal papers were released in 1979, scholars have examined the changes made to the text before publication. Now, this special restored edition presents the original manuscript as the author prepared it to be published.
    Featuring a personal Foreword by Patrick Hemingway, Ernest s sole surviving son, and an Introduction by grandson of the author, Sean Hemingway, editor of this edition, the book also includes a number of unfinished, never-before-published Paris sketches revealing experiences that Hemingway had with his son, Jack, and his first wife Hadley. Also included are irreverent portraits of literary luminaries, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ford Maddox Ford, and insightful recollections of Hemingway s own early experiments with his craft.
    Widely celebrated and debated by critics and readers everywhere, the restored edition of "A Moveable Feast "brilliantly evokes the exuberant mood of Paris after ?World War I and the unbridled creativity and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
  • Mud & Stars Travels in Russia with Pushkin & Other Geniuses of the Golden Age
    Mud & Stars Travels in Russia with Pushkin & Other Geniuses of the Golden Age
    ISBN: 9780099584131
    Title: Mud & Stars Travels in Russia with Pushkin & Other Geniuses of the Golden Age
    Author: WHEELER SARA

    A wonderfully original book about contemporary Russia as seen on journeys in search of Pushkin, Tolstoy, Lermontov, Chekhov, Gogol and Turgenev.SHORTLISTED FOR THE EDWARD STANDFORD TRAVEL WRITING AWARD 2020With the writers of the Golden Age as her guides - Pushkin, Tolstoy, Gogol and Turgenev, among others - Wheeler travels the length and breadth of Russia to make connections between then and now. On the Trans-Siberian railway, at sail on the Black Sea, or while watching television with her hosts in Soviet apartment blocks, Wheeler searches for a Russia not in the news - a Russia of humanity and daily struggles.At a time of deteriorating relations between Russia and the West, Wheeler gives a voice to the 'ordinary' people of Russia and discovers how the writers of the past continue to represent their country today.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Museum of Whales You Will Never See: Travels Among the Collectors of Iceland
    Museum of Whales You Will Never See: Travels Among the Collectors of Iceland
    ISBN: 9781783785933
    Title: Museum of Whales You Will Never See: Travels Among the Collectors of Iceland
    Author: GREENE A. KENDRA

    Meet the obsessives and dreamers of this remote island nation, and travel through the collections of Iceland's eclectic museums and into its curious past.
    Welcome to Iceland, a very small nation with a very large number (two hundred and sixty five) of (mostly) very small museums.

    Founded in the backyards of houses, begun as jokes or bets or memorials to lost friends, these museums tell the story of an enchanted island where bridges arrived only at the beginning of the 20th century, and waterproof shoes only with the second world war. A nation formerly dirt poor, then staggeringly rich, and now building its way to affluence once again. A nation where, in the remote and wild places, you might encounter still a shore laddie, a sorcerer or a ghost.

    From Reykjavik's renowned Phallological Museum to a house of stones on the eastern coast; from the curious monsters which roam the remote shores of Bildudalur to a museum of whales which proves impossible to find, here is an enchanted story of obsession, curation, and the peculiar magic of this isolated island.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
  • My Midsummer Morning: Rediscovering a Life of Adventure
    My Midsummer Morning: Rediscovering a Life of Adventure
    ISBN: 9780008331856
    Title: My Midsummer Morning: Rediscovering a Life of Adventure

    A Financial Times Summer Book of 2019

    Seasoned adventurer Alastair Humphreys pushes himself to his very limits - busking his way across Spain with a violin he can barely play.

    In 1935 a young Englishman named Laurie Lee arrived in Spain. He had never been overseas; had hardly even left the quiet village he grew up in. His idea was to walk through the country, earning money for food by playing his violin in bars and plazas.

    Nearly a century later, the book Laurie Lee wrote - As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning - inspired Alastair Humphreys. It made him fall in love with Spain - the landscapes and the spirit - and with Laurie's style of travel. He travelled slow, lived simply, slept on hilltops, relished spontaneity, and loved conversations with the different people he met along the hot and dusty road.

    For 15 years, Alastair dreamed of retracing Laurie Lee's footsteps, but could never get past the hurdle of being distinctly unmusical. This year, he decided to go anyway. The journey was his most terrifying yet, risking failure and humiliation every day, and finding himself truly vulnerable to the rhythms of the road and of his own life. But along the way, he found humility, redemption and triumph. It was a very good adventure.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • My Twenty-Five Years in Provence
    My Twenty-Five Years in Provence
    ISBN: 9781101974285
    Title: My Twenty-Five Years in Provence
    Author: MAYLE PETER

    From the moment twenty-five years ago when Peter Mayle and his wife, Jennie, uprooted their lives in England and crossed the Channel permanently, they never looked back. Here Mayle pays tribute to the most endearing and enduring aspects of their adopted Provence-the charming and indelible parade of village life, the sheer beauty, the ancient history. He celebrates the cafe as an idea and lists some of his favorites; identifies his favorite villages, restaurants, and open-air markets; and recounts his most memorable meals. With his signature warmth, wit, and humor, Peter Mayle was a one-of-a-kind guide to Provence, and in his final book he has crafted a lasting love letter to his adopted home.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Nala's World
    Nala's World
    ISBN: 9781529327991
    Title: Nala's World

    Instagram phenomenon @1bike1world Dean Nicholson reveals the full story of his life-changing friendship with rescue cat Nala and their inspiring adventures together on a bike journey around the world.

    When 30-year-old Dean Nicholson set off from Scotland to cycle around the world, his aim was to learn as much as he could about our troubled planet. But he hadn't bargained on the lessons he'd learn from his unlikely companion.

    Three months after leaving home, on a remote road in the mountains between Montenegro and Bosnia, he came across an abandoned kitten. Something about the piercing eyes and plaintive meowing of the bedraggled little cat proved irresistible. He couldn't leave her to her fate, so he put her on his bike and then, with the help of local vets, nursed her back to health.

    Soon on his travels with the cat he named Nala, they forged an unbreakable bond - both curious, independent, resilient and adventurous. The video of how they met has had 20 million views and their Instagram has grown to almost 750k followers - and still counting!

    Experiencing the kindness of strangers, visiting refugee camps, rescuing animals through Europe and Asia, Dean and Nala have already learned that the unexpected can be pretty amazing. Together with Garry Jenkins, writer with James Bowen of the bestselling A Street Cat Named Bob, Dean shares the extraordinary tale of his and Nala's inspiring and heart-warming adventure together.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland
    Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland
    ISBN: 9781847084163
    Title: Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland
    Author: MOSS SARAH

    Sarah Moss had a childhood dream of moving to Iceland, sustained by a wild summer there when she was nineteen. In 2009, she saw an advertisement for a job at the University of Iceland and applied on a whim, despite having two young children and a comfortable life in Kent. The resulting adventure was shaped by Iceland's economic collapse, which halved the value of her salary, by the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull and by a collection of new friends, including a poet who saw the only bombs fall on Iceland in 1943, a woman who speaks to elves and a chef who guided Sarah's family around the intricacies of Icelandic cuisine. Moss explored hillsides of boiling mud and volcanic craters and learned to drive like an Icelander on the unsurfaced roads that link remote farms and fishing villages in the far north. She watched the northern lights and the comings and goings of migratory birds, and as the weeks and months went by, she and her family learned new ways to live.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • Neither Here, Nor There: Travels in Europe
    Neither Here, Nor There: Travels in Europe
    ISBN: 9781784161828
    Title: Neither Here, Nor There: Travels in Europe
    Author: BRYSON BILL

    Bill Brysonâe(tm)s first travel book, The Lost Continent, was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years. In Neither Here nor There he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia. Fluent in, oh, at least one language, he retraces his travels as a student twenty years before.

    Whether braving the homicidal motorists of Paris, being robbed by gypsies in Florence, attempting not to order tripe and eyeballs in a German restaurant or window-shopping in the sex shops of the Reeperbahn, Bryson takes in the sights, dissects the culture and illuminates each place and person with his hilariously caustic observations. He even goes to Liechtenstein.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • New Voyage Round the World
    New Voyage Round the World
    ISBN: 9780241413289
    Title: New Voyage Round the World

    The first great English-language travel book, A New Voyage Round the World (1697) is an incomparably vivid, chaotic and fascinating account by the pirate, explorer and naturalist William Dampier of his many adventures.

    The world he describes sprawls all the way from the Caribbean west across the Pacific to the Philippines and Southeast Asia - a vast expanse tied together by the Spanish Empire. Dampier and his men live lives of rascally precariousness, in the shadow of great Spanish galleons and fortresses, always on the verge of disaster. His book is filled with raids, escapes, wrecks and storms, but Dampier is also a great observer of animals, exotic foods, boats, customs: the book is a cornucopia of descriptions of everything from giant centipedes to bananas. It was originally designed simply to entertain and inform, but it is now a unique document, miraculously preserving glimpses of now long-vanished peoples and places.

    This new edition, introduced and annotated by Nicholas Thomas, makes clear Dampier's key role as a proselytizer for the early British Empire, as an inspiration for generations of naturalist and explorers, and as a uniquely curious character.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Notes from the Cevennes
    Notes from the Cevennes
    ISBN: 9781472966315
    Title: Notes from the Cevennes
    Author: THORPE ADAM

    A charming memoir exploring the history, landscape and people of rural France, told through the eyes of a Parisian-born Englishman, writer and poet.

    Adam Thorpe's home for the past 25 years has been an old house in the Cévennes, a wild range of mountains in southern France. Prior to this, in an ancient millhouse in the oxbow of a Cévenol river, he wrote the novel that would become the Booker Prize-nominatedUlverton, now a Vintage Classic.

    In more recent writing Thorpe has explored the Cévennes, drawing on the legends, history and above all the people of this part of France for his inspiration. In his charming journal, Notes from the Cévennes, Thorpe takes up these themes, writing about his surroundings, the village and his house at the heart of it, as well as the contrasts of city life in nearby Nîmes. In particular he is interested in how the past leaves impressions--marks--on our landscape and on us. What do we find in the grass, earth and stone beneath our feet and in the objects around us? How do they tie us to our forebears? What traces have been left behind and what marks do we leave now?

    Part celebration of both rustic and urban France, part memoir, Thorpe's humorous and precise prose shows a wonderful stylist at work, recalling classics such as Robert Louis Stevenson'sTravels with a Donkey in the Cévennes.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Oak & Ash & Thorn: The Ancient Woods & New Forests of Britain
    Oak & Ash & Thorn: The Ancient Woods & New Forests of Britain
    ISBN: 9781786073211
    Title: Oak & Ash & Thorn: The Ancient Woods & New Forests of Britain

    A Guardian Best Nature Book of the Year 2017
    The magic and mystery of the woods are embedded in British culture, from ancient folklore to modern literature. They offer us refuge: a place to play, a place to think. They are the generous providers of fuel, timber, energy and life. They let us dream of other ways of living. Yet we now face a future where taking a walk in the woods is consigned to the tales we tell our children. Threatened by development, neglect and climate chaos, they are emptier - of flora and fauna, but also of people - than they have ever been.
    Immersing himself in the beauty of Britain's woodlands and the art and writing they have inspired, Peter Fiennes explores our long relationship with the woods and the sad and violent story of how so many have been lost. Just as we need them, our woods need us too. But who, if anyone, is looking out for them?
    Fiennes journeys to Croft Castle & Parkland (Herefordshire), Clapham Common, Northfield Wood, The Weald, Knockwood & Secret Wood (Tenterden), Windsor Great Park, Runnymede (Surrey), Sherwood Forest, Cranborne Chase (Dorset), Kingley Vale (W. Sussex), Kipling's house (South Downs), Wistman's Wood (Dartmoor), Wayland Wood (Norfolk), Queen's Wood (Highgate), Hardcastle Crags (W. Yorkshire), Glover's Wood (Sussex), Smithy Wood (Sheffield).

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Old Ways: A Journey on Foot
    Old Ways: A Journey on Foot
    ISBN: 9780141030586
    Title: Old Ways: A Journey on Foot

    Following the tracks, holloways, drove-roads and sea paths that form part of a vast ancient network of routes criss-crossing the British Isles and beyond, Robert Macfarlane discovers a lost world - a landscape of the feet and the mind, of pilgrimage and ritual, of stories and ghosts; above all of the places and journeys which inspire and inhabit our imaginations.'Macfarlane has shown how utterly beautiful a brilliantly written travel book can still be. As perfect as his now classic The Wild Places. Maybe it is even better than that.'& William Dalrymple, Observer'A lovely book, a poetic investigation into what it is to follow a path, on land and at sea, in the footsteps of both our ancient predecessors and such writers as Edward Thomas: Macfarlane is reviving an entire body of nature writing here'& David Sexton, Evening Standard'Beautifully written, moving, thrilling. It reminded me of how much stranger and richer the world is . . . at walking speed.'& Philip Pullman, Guardian'A magnificent meditation on walking and writing. An astonishingly haunted book.'& Adam Nicolson, Daily Telegraph'The Old Ways sets the imagination tingling . . . it is like reading a prose Odyssey sprinkled with imagist poems.'& John Carey, Sunday Times

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Old-fashioned Corners of Paris
    Old-fashioned Corners of Paris
    ISBN: 9781936941100
    Title: Old-fashioned Corners of Paris

    Here and there, if you know where to look, it still is possible to catch a glimpse of an almost-vanished Paris: a scene, an object, that somehow has miraculously survived decades, even centuries. "Old-fashioned Pleasures of Paris" is a small and exquisite catalog of these rarities.
    Christophe Destournelles has discovered dozens of vintage "moments" " confiseries," barbershops, glove shops; a "bougnat" (a cafe that traditionally also sold coal) a "bouillion" (a restaurant that originally served soup); hookah lounges, movie theatres, harness races, dive bars, and underground jazz clubs. He's found vintage photo booths, carousels, public scales, the last remaining "pissoir." He's uncovered tiny establishments that quietly carry on with obscure trades: phonograph, radio, and clock repair; hand pressing; shoe polishing. Small details that would be easy to overlook are celebrated in all their everyday glory: the illuminated subway map, the cafe where the napkins of regulars are kept in a nook, the once-ubiquitous little stand of hardboiled eggs that once could be found on every zinc bar. Each of these spots, however humble, is worth a visit; even the "routier," a restaurant that originally served truck drivers, is a visual feast, with its yellow formica counter, red and white checked napkins, and handwritten menu, antique cafe chairs, and vintage signage.
    Lovers of Paris will be thrilled to know what streets are particularly beautiful when the snow falls, the history of old telephone exchanges, and where to find old-timers playing "petanque." This is a book for visitors--addresses and phone numbers are listed for each venue--and armchair travelers who will be transported to another place and time by the sumptuous photographs. Literary quotations throughout add another layer of romance to this book that celebrates Paris past and present.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
  • On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey
    On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey
    ISBN: 9780241977521
    Title: On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey
    Author: THEROUX PAUL

    Nogales is a border town caught between Mexico and the United States of America. A 40-foot steel fence runs through its centre, separating the prosperous US side from the impoverished Mexican side. It is a fascinating site of tension, now more than ever, as the town fills with hopeful border crossers and the deportees who have been caught and brought back. And it is here that Paul Theroux will begin his journey into the culturally rich but troubled heart of modern Mexico.Mexico is a country that has captured literary imaginations from D. H. Lawrence and Graham Greene to Aldous Huxley. Now Paul Theroux, master of travel writing, immerses himself, attending local language and culinary schools, driving through the country, getting under its skin.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • On Trails: An Exploration
    On Trails: An Exploration
    ISBN: 9781781317044
    Title: On Trails: An Exploration
    Author: MOOR ROBERT

    A strikingly original debut from a tremendous new talent, Robert Moor explores how trails help us understand the world, from invisible ant trails to hiking paths that span continents and oceans, from migration routes to the Internet.

    For seven years Moor travelled the globe, exploring trails of all kinds. He learned the tricks of master trail-builders, hunted down long-lost Cherokee trails, and traced the origins of our road networks. Moor interweaves his adventures with findings from science, history, philosophy, and nature writing in every chapter.

    This deep search for meaning introduces the reader to experts who work with trails of all kinds, outrageous anecdotes from his own experiences and spectacular descriptions of landscapes and animal behaviour.& On Trails& gives an eye-opening tour, leaving us with a much richer, prismatic take on what we constantly take for granted: how we get where we're going.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Only Gaijin in the Village: A Year Living in Rural Japan
    Only Gaijin in the Village: A Year Living in Rural Japan
    ISBN: 9781846975141
    Title: Only Gaijin in the Village: A Year Living in Rural Japan
    Author: MALONEY IAIN

    In 2016 Scottish writer Iain Maloney and his Japanese wife Minori moved to a village in rural Japan. This is the story of his attempt to fit in, be accepted and fulfil his duties as a member of the community, despite being the only foreigner in the village.Even after more than a decade living in Japan and learning the language, life in the countryside was a culture shock. Due to increasing numbers of young people moving to the cities in search of work, there are fewer rural residents under the retirement age - and they have two things in abundance: time and curiosity. Iain's attempts at amateur farming, basic gardening and DIY are conducted under the watchful eye of his neighbours and wife. But curtain twitching is the least of his problems. The threat of potential missile strikes and earthquakes is nothing compared to the venomous snakes, terrifying centipedes and bees the size of small birds that stalk Iain's garden.Told with self-deprecating humour, this memoir gives a fascinating insight into a side of Japan rarely seen and affirms the positive benefits of immigration for the individual and the community. It's not always easy being the only gaijin in the village.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • 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
  • 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

    In Brooklyn, John von Sothen fell in love with Anais, a French waitress. And then, one night in Paris, on the Pont Neuf, she agreed to marry him ("Bah, we can always get divorced!"). A couple of decades in, the two have become quatre, living in their beloved 10th arondissement with teenage kids who chat to their African neighbours in fluent Parisian slang, and John has even become kind of French himself. Well, he likes to think he has. The family still see him as an American innocent abroad.

    Paris Match is one of those rare books that makes you laugh out loud, as von Sothen attempts to understand what makes the French tick. Why do they take such long holidays with friends who ration snacks and mock you for sleeping in; why do French men turn to him (an American!) for fashion tips; what really is the correct way to cut brie, and how do you tell if you're being invited to a super-exclusive secret society of intellectuals or a weird sex club? John von Sothen has found most of the answers and in this delightful, witty book shares his experience, insights and humour into the fine art of becoming everyday French.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Passenger: Japan
    Passenger: Japan
    ISBN: 9781787702196
    Title: Passenger: Japan

    "Some Japanese stories end violently. Others never end at all, but only cut away, at the moment of extreme crisis, to a butterfly, or the wind, or the moon."--Brian Phillips

    Visitors from the West look with amazement, and sometimes concern, at Japan's social structures and unique, complex culture industry; the gigantic scale of its tech corporations and the resilience of its traditions; the extraordinary diversity of the subcultures that flourish in its "post-human" megacities. The country nonetheless remains an intricate and complicated jigsaw puzzle, an inexhaustible source of inspiration for stories, reflections, and reportage. The subjects in this volume range from the Japanese veneration of the dead to the Tokyo music scene, from urban alienation to cinema, from sumo to toxic masculinity. Caught between an ageing population and extreme post-modernity, Japan is an ideal observation point from which to understand our age and the one to come.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Pravda Ha Ha True Travels to the End of Europe
    Pravda Ha Ha True Travels to the End of Europe
    ISBN: 9781408896518
    Title: Pravda Ha Ha True Travels to the End of Europe
    Author: MACLEAN RORY

    Shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award

    '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 Carr

    In 1989 the Berlin Wall fell. In that euphoric year Rory MacLean travelled from Berlin to Moscow, exploring lands that were o for most Brits and Americans o 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 o both within and outside of Russia, from Putin to Home Counties populists o 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: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Puligny-Montrachet: Journal of a Village in Burgundy
    Puligny-Montrachet: Journal of a Village in Burgundy
    ISBN: 9781911547488
    Title: Puligny-Montrachet: Journal of a Village in Burgundy
    Author: LOFTUS SIMON

    "What Simon Loftus does in this captivating story of a Burgundy village is to explore the mystery of how seven and a half acres of impoverished soil became the most precious agricultural land on earth, producing the grandest of all white wines: Puligny-Montrachet." "He immerses us first in the village's colorful history - its ancient rivalries and political intrigues. Then he takes us behind the shuttered windows of Puligny-Montrachet today, a sleepy village of only five hundred inhabitants, mostly immigrants with only a few of the old families remaining. We meet the butcher, the baker, the bookbinder, the mayor, the chambermaid, and, of course, the vignerons - from the small growers cultivating a few rows of vines to the owners of all the best Domaines." "Even as we come to understand how the sense of community in Puligny is eroding, Loftus, with his intense passion for the place and the people who are its lifeblood, makes us revel in the rhythms of the agricultural year: the bonfires of the winter prunings, the harvest when pickers invade the land and tractors roar through the narrow streets to transport the grapes to the cellars, and the heady celebrations when the new wine is tasted." "Through it all Loftus with his wine merchant's expertise makes us see how all the elements - soil, sub-soil, drainage, exposure to sun - converge to create the perfect environment for the vineyards, and how the grapes are transformed through human hands into the final "treasured product." Bach vintage becomes what he calls "an intense but elusive testimony to the place." And so is this enchanting journal. It is a book you will savor like a splendid glass of Puligny-Montrachet, relishing every nuance of flavor and cherishing the memory it leaves imprinted on the senses."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

    Format: 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: 9781473665095
    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: Paperback
    Price: $28.00

  • 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
  • Roads to Sata: A 2000 Mile Walk Through Japan
    Roads to Sata: A 2000 Mile Walk Through Japan
    ISBN: 9780141992839
    Title: Roads to Sata: A 2000 Mile Walk Through Japan
    Author: BOOTH ALAN

    One sunny spring morning in the 1970s, an unlikely Englishman set out on a pilgrimage that would take him across the entire length of Japan. Travelling only along small back roads, Alan Booth travelled on foot from Soya, the country's northernmost tip, to Sata in the extreme south, traversing three islands and some 2,000 miles of rural Japan. His mission: 'to come to grips with the business of living here,' after having spent most of his adult life in Tokyo.

    The Roads to Sata is a wry, witty, inimitable account of that prodigious trek, vividly revealing the reality of life in off-the-tourist-track Japan. Journeying alongside Booth, we encounter the wide variety of people who inhabit the Japanese countryside - from fishermen and soldiers, to bar hostesses and school teachers, to hermits, drunks and the homeless. We glimpse vast stretches of coastline and rambling townscapes, mountains and motorways; watch baseball games and sunrises; sample trout and Kilamanjaro beer, hear folklore, poems and smutty jokes. Throughout, we enjoy the wit and insight of a uniquely perceptive guide, and more importantly, discover a new face of an often-misunderstood nation.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Salt Path
    Salt Path
    ISBN: 9781405937184
    Title: Salt Path
    Author: WINN RAYNOR


    The uplifting true story of the couple who lost everything and embarked on a journey of salvation across the windswept South West coastline.


    'A beautiful, thoughtful, lyrical story of homelessness, human strength and endurance' Guardian

    Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their home is taken away and they lose their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall.

    Carrying only the essentials for survival on their backs, they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky. Yet through every step, every encounter and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable journey.

    The Salt Path is an honest and life-affirming true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt and rediscovered in the most unexpected ways.

    'Mesmerising. It is one of the most uplifting, inspiring books that I've ever read' i

    'A thoughtful, lyrical story of homelessness, strength and endurance' The Week

    'An astonishing narrative of two people dragging themselves from the depths of despair along some of the most dramatic landscapes in the country, looking for a solution to their problems and ultimately finding themselves' Independent

    'The Salt Path is a life-affirming tale of enduring love that smells of the sea and tastes of a rich life. With beautiful, immersive writing, it is a story heart-achingly and beautifully told.' Jackie Morris

    'The landscape is magical: shape-shifting seas and smugglers' coves; myriads of sea birds and mauve skies. Raynor writes exquisitely . . . It's a tale of triumph: of hope over despair; of love over everything' The Sunday Times

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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