• Sealand: The True Story of the World's Most Stubborn Micronation
    Sealand: The True Story of the World's Most Stubborn Micronation
    ISBN: 9781785786662
    Title: Sealand: The True Story of the World's Most Stubborn Micronation

    In 1967, retired army major and self-made millionaire Paddy Roy Bates inaugurated himself ruler of the Principality of Sealand on a World War II Maunsell Sea Fort near Felixstowe - and began the peculiar story of the world's most stubborn micronation.

    Having fought off attacks from UK government officials and armed mercenaries for half a century - and thwarted an attempted coup that saw the Prince Regent taken hostage - the self-proclaimed independent nation still stands. It has its own constitution, national flag and anthem, currency, and passports - and offers the esteemed titles of 'Lord' or 'Lady' to its loyal patrons.

    Incorporating original interviews with surviving members of the principality's royal family, and many rare, vintage photographs, Dylan Taylor-Lehman recounts the outrageous attempt to build a sovereign kingdom by a family of rogue, larger-than-life adventurers on an isolated platform in the freezing waters of the North Sea.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $38.00
  • 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
  • Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers & Rebels of the New China
    Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers & Rebels of the New China
    ISBN: 9781474612333
    Title: Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers & Rebels of the New China

    As any traveller knows, the best and most honest conversations take place during car rides. So when journalist Frank Langfitt wanted to learn more about the real China, he started driving a cab - and discovered a country amid seismic political and economic change.

    The Chinese economic boom, with its impact on the environment, global trade, and the tech industry, has been one of the most important stories of the twenty-first century. Yet few realise that the boom is largely over, and that the new reality in China is unequal growth, political anxiety and a newly empowered strongman president in Xi Jinping.

    In order to understand this new world, Frank Langfitt offered the citizens of Shanghai a simple deal: a conversation in exchange for a free taxi ride. Rides turned into follow-up interviews, shared meals and even a wedding invitation. In this adventurous book, we get to know an array of quirky yet representative characters like Beer Horse, the pushy dealer who sells Langfitt his used car; Rocky, a stylishly dressed migrant worker who loves John Denver music; and Xiao Chen, who moved his family to Hawaii to escape China's oppressive education system but was unable to get out of the country himself.

    Unfolding over the course of several years, The Shanghai Free Taxi is a sensitive and eye-opening book about a rapidly changing country.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Sinning Across Spain
    Sinning Across Spain
    ISBN: 97805228625
    Title: Sinning Across Spain
    Author: PIPER AILSA

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Sinning Across Spain Updated Edition Walking the Old & New Camino
    Sinning Across Spain Updated Edition Walking the Old & New Camino
    ISBN: 9780522872224
    Title: Sinning Across Spain Updated Edition Walking the Old & New Camino
    Author: PIPER AILSA

    Walking has been the constant in Ailsa Piper's life. Setting down one foot after the other takes her to a transformative-and transcendent-place.

    Her bestselling memoir Sinning Across Spain was inspired by the tradition of medieval walkers who were paid by others to carry their sins to holy places. The cargo included anger, envy, pride and lust. She hiked alone through the endless olive groves of the Camino MozBrabe, from the legendary southern city of Granada toward the centuries-old pilgrim destination, Santiago de Compostela, in the far north-west of Spain.

    In dusty pueblos and epic landscapes, miracles found her. Angels in both name and nature eased her path.

    When faced with the untimely death of her husband, Peter, her 'true north', Ailsa returned to the Camino trail, this time in France, to walk through her sorrow.

    This second pilgrimage is the story of a walk where the burden is her own grief, not the sins of others, and which ultimately sees her walking into life and hope.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • 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

  • Sovietistan
    ISBN: 9780857057747
    Title: Sovietistan

    "A mesmerising trip across Central Asia . . . A fascinating travelogue" Financial Times


    An unforgettable journey through the former Soviet Republics, by a prizewinning author of international reportage

    Erika Fatland takes the reader on a journey that is unknown to even the most seasoned globetrotter. The five former Soviet Republics' Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan all became independent when the Soviet Union fell apart in 1991. How have these countries developed since then?

    In the Kyrgyzstani villages Erika Fatland meets victims of the widely known tradition of bride snatching; she visits the huge and desolate Polygon in Kazakhstan where the Soviet Union tested explosions of nuclear bombs; she meets Chinese shrimp gatherers on the banks of the dried out Aral Sea and she witnesses the fall of a dictator. She travels incognito through Turkmenistan, a country that is closed to journalists. She meets exhausted human rights activists in Kazakhstan, survivors from the massacre in Osh in 2010, German Menonites that found paradise on the Kyrgyzstani plains 200 years ago. During her travels, she observes how ancient customs clash with gas production and she witnesses the underlying conflicts between ethnic Russians and the majority in a country that is slowly building its future in Nationalist colours.

    In these countries, that used to be the furthest border of the Soviet Union, life follows another pace of time. Amidst the treasures of Samarkand and the bleakness of Soviet architecture, Erika Fatland moves with her openness towards the people and the landscapes around her. A rare and unforgettable travelogue.

    Translated from the Norwegian by Kari Dickson

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Splash!
    ISBN: 9781911630821
    Title: Splash!
    Author: MEANS HOWARD

    A global history of swimming, from humankind's first dip in what is now the driest spot on earth to the 2020 Olympics.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Stalin's Wine Cellar
    Stalin's Wine Cellar
    ISBN: 9781760893132
    Title: Stalin's Wine Cellar
    Author: BAKER JOHN

    In the late 1990s, John Baker was known as a purveyor of quality rare and old wines. Always entrepreneurial and up for adventure, he was the perfect person for an occasional business partner to approach with a mysterious wine list that was foreign to anything John, or his second-in-command, Kevin Hopko, had ever come across.The list was discovered to be a comprehensive catalogue of the wine collection of Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia. The wine had become the property of the state after the Russian Revolution of 1918, during which Nicholas and his entire family were executed. Now owned by Stalin, the wine was discretely removed to a remote Georgian winery when Stalin was concerned the advancing Nazi army might overrun Russia, and inevitably loot artefacts and treasures. Half a century later, the wine was rumoured to be hidden underground and off any known map.John and Kevin embarked on an audacious, colourful and potentially dangerous journey to Georgia to discover if the wines actually existed; if the bottles were authentic and whether the entire collection could be bought and transported to a major London auction house for sale.A multimillion dollar cellar and a breathtaking collection of wine (and one very expensive broken bottle) is the elusive treasure. The cast of characters include Stalin, Hitler, Tsar Nicholas II and a motley bunch of Georgian businessmen/cowboys toting handguns, in the early days of Russian business development that led to the world of Putin and oligarchs.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Summer Isles: A Voyage of the Imagination
    Summer Isles: A Voyage of the Imagination
    ISBN: 9781783783007
    Title: Summer Isles: A Voyage of the Imagination

    A journey by sea along the western coasts of Ireland and Scotland in search of islands, both real and imagined.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Surfacing
    ISBN: 9781908745828
    Title: Surfacing

    A new collection of writing from the prize-winning author of Findings and Sightlines.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Sustainable Travel Handbook
    Sustainable Travel Handbook
    ISBN: 9781788689472
    Title: Sustainable Travel Handbook

    This practical and inspiring guide, the latest in our popular Handbook series, motivates travellers to take a responsible approach to the impact of travelling. Whether you're looking to reduce your carbon emissions, enjoy more a responsible wildlife-watching experience, harness culinary tourism for good or enjoy an eco-friendly city break, this guide has got you covered.

    Packed with easily-digestible advice compiled by a sustainable travel expert, eco-conscious travellers will be introduced to a wide variety of destinations offering culture, wildlife, luxury, adventure, wellness and much more, as well as subjects such as the development of electric transport, how to reduce your plastic waste and the best ways to visit explore sacred indigenous culture respectfully.

    With top five and top ten lists discussing the best places to hike, volunteer, scuba dive and snorkel responsibly, as well as where to enjoy sustainable safaris, family trips and the best ways to give back when you travel, no stone is left unturned in this 168-page guide to ethical tourism. Destinations discussed include relatively off-the-map regions of the world, including Guyana, Palau and Siargao in the Philippines, as well as more well-known places, such as Costa Rica, Uruguay and Jordan.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00

  • Three Tigers, One Mountain A Journey Through the Bitter History & Current Conflicts of China, Korea & Japan
    Three Tigers, One Mountain A Journey Through the Bitter History & Current Conflicts of China, Korea & Japan
    ISBN: 9781784704247
    Title: Three Tigers, One Mountain A Journey Through the Bitter History & Current Conflicts of China, Korea & Japan

    'The next Bill Bryson' New York Times

    Two tigers cannot share the same mountain - Chinese proverb

    Despite geographical proximity, cultural similarities, and shared status as highly powerful nations, China, Korea and Japan love to hate each other. Why?

    In search of an answer, Michael Booth journeys across East Asia to explore the mutual animosity that frequently threatens to draw the world into all-out war. From misjudged cake decorations to electoral meddling, contradictory origin myths to territorial disputes, this deeply researched and hugely entertaining book shows that no conflict is too small to keep the fires of neighbourly hostility burning.

    'A fine summary of East Asian cultures and conflicts...useful, fact-packed and readable' Spectator

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • 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
  • To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface
    To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface
    ISBN: 9781786891587
    Title: To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface
    Author: LAING OLIVIA

    Over sixty years after Virginia Woolf drowned in the River Ouse, Olivia Laing sets out to walk its banks, from the source all the way to the sea. As she walks, she reflects upon the power of rivers, refracting mythology, science, social history and literature through their waters to shed light on their eternal violence and mystery.

    Lyrical and stirring, To the River is a meditation on landscape and its capacity to restore hope - and how ghosts never really leave the places they love.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Travels in a Dervish Cloak
    Travels in a Dervish Cloak
    ISBN: 9781780601502
    Title: Travels in a Dervish Cloak

    Seeking the land behind the headlines, this book sets out to discover the essence of a country convulsed by Islamic violence. What of the old, mythical Pakistan has survived, and what has been destroyed? A delightful and poignant look. B AND W plates.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Travels of Ibn Battuta: In the near East, Asia & Africa, 1325-1354
    Travels of Ibn Battuta: In the near East, Asia & Africa, 1325-1354
    ISBN: 9780486437651
    Title: Travels of Ibn Battuta: In the near East, Asia & Africa, 1325-1354
    Author: BATTUTA IBN

    In 1326, Ibn Battuta began a pilgrimage to Mecca that ended 27 years and 75,000 miles later. His engrossing account of that journey provides vivid scenes from Morocco, southern Russia, India, China, and elsewhere. "Essential reading . . . the ultimate in real life adventure stories." -- History in Review.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • 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: $37.00
  • Travels With Epicurus: a Journey to a Greek Island in Search of an Authentic Old Age
    Travels With Epicurus: a Journey to a Greek Island in Search of an Authentic Old Age
    ISBN: 9781922147639
    Title: Travels With Epicurus: a Journey to a Greek Island in Search of an Authentic Old Age
    Author: KLEIN DANIEL

    Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of an Authentic Old Age is a humorous, uplifting meditation on finding the pleasures of old age, by the New York Times bestselling co-author of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar.When philosopher, jokester and septuagenarian Daniel Klein goes to the dentist for a regular check-up, he is informed that he needs a section of his lower teeth removed and replaced with either a denture plate or implants. The implants would require frequent trips to the dentist over the course of a year, a lot of money and a lot of pain. The denture plate on the other hand would leave Klein with the unmistakable clunky smile of an old man.Though Klein initially opts for the implants he soon questions his decision. Is it better to a spend a precious year trying to extend the prime of his life, or to live an authentic old age, toothless grin and all?Klein decided the answer lay in a place where people seemed to know the secret to a long, happy and healthy life--Greece. He travels there with a library of his favourite philosophers and observes other septuagenarians and octogenarians, and contemplates his own life, particularly seeking out wisdom from renowned hedonist Epicurus.From that journey comes a sincere and humorous book on ageing and an Epicurean way of living.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Travels with My Aunt
    Travels with My Aunt
    ISBN: 9781784875336
    Title: Travels with My Aunt

    VINTAGE VOYAGES: A world of journeys, from the tallest mountains to the depths of the mind

    Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time in over fifty years at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral. Soon after, she persuades Henry to abandon Southwood, to travel to Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, Paraguay, and a shiftless, twilight society of hippies, war criminals, CIA men that will help Henry come alive after a dull suburban life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
  • 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
  • Vietnam: Rising Dragon
    Vietnam: Rising Dragon
    ISBN: 9780300178142
    Title: Vietnam: Rising Dragon
    Author: HAYTON BILL

    The eyes of the West have recently been trained on China and India, but Vietnam is rising fast among its Asian peers. A breathtaking period of social change has seen foreign investment bringing capitalism flooding into its nominally communist society, booming cities swallowing up smaller villages, and the lure of modern living tugging at the traditional networks of family and community. Yet beneath these sweeping developments lurks an authoritarian political system that complicates the nation s apparent renaissance. In this engaging work, experienced journalist Bill Hayton looks at the costs of change in Vietnam and questions whether this rising Asian power is really heading toward capitalism and democracy.

    Based on vivid eyewitness accounts and pertinent case studies, Hayton s book addresses a broad variety of issues in today s Vietnam, including important shifts in international relations, the growth of civil society, economic developments and challenges, and the nation s nascent democracy movement as well as its notorious internal security. His analysis of Vietnam s police state, and its systematic mechanisms of social control, coercion, and surveillance, is fresh and particularly imperative when viewed alongside his portraits of urban and street life, cultural legacies, religion, the media, and the arts. With a firm sense of historical and cultural context, Hayton examines how these issues have emerged and where they will lead Vietnam in the next stage of its development."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00

  • Virago Book of Women Travellers
    Virago Book of Women Travellers
    ISBN: 9780349013527
    Title: Virago Book of Women Travellers
    Author: MORRIS MARY

    'A volume in which rich and unexpected seams of precious materials await discovery' Guardian

    Three hundred years of wanderlust are captured in this collection as women travel for peril or pleasure, whether to gaze into Persian gardens or imbibe the French countryside, to challenge the fierce Sahara or climb an impossible mountain.

    The extraordinary women in this collection are observers of the world in which they wander; their prose rich in description, remarkable in detail. Mary McCarthy conveys the vitality of Florence while Willa Cather's essay on Lavandou foreshadows her descriptions of the French countryside in later novels. Others are more active participants in the culture they are visiting, such as Leila Philip, as she harvests rice with Japanese women. Whether it is curiosity about the world, a thirst for adventure or escape from personal tragedy, all of these women are united in that they approached their journeys with wit, intelligence, compassion and empathy for the lives of those they encountered along the way.

    Also includes writing by Willa Cather, Joan Didion, Vita Sackville-West, M. F. K Fisher, Christina Dodwell and more.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time
    Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time
    ISBN: 9781632867018
    Title: Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time

    At twenty-three, Andrew Forsthoefel headed out the back door of his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, with a backpack, an audio recorder, his copies of Whitman and Rilke, and a sign that read "Walking to Listen." He had just graduated from Middlebury College and was ready to begin his adult life, but he didn't know how. So he decided to take a cross-country quest for guidance, one where everyone he met would be his guide. In the year that followed, he faced an Appalachian winter and a Mojave summer. He met beasts inside: fear, loneliness, doubt. But he also encountered incredible kindness from strangers. Thousands shared their stories with him, sometimes confiding their prejudices, too. Often he didn't know how to respond. How to find unity in diversity? How to stay connected, even as fear works to tear us apart? He listened for answers to these questions, and to the existential questions every human must face, and began to find that the answer might be in listening itself. Ultimately, it's the stories of others living all along the roads of America that carry this journey and sing out in a hopeful, heartfelt book about how a life is made, and how our nation defines itself on the most human level.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
  • Wanderland
    ISBN: 9781472951939
    Title: Wanderland
    Author: REDDY JINI

    In pursuit of a connection to Britain's captivating natural world, Jini Reddy searches for the magic in our landscape.

    A London journalist with multicultural roots and a perennial outsider, she determinedly sets off on an unorthodox path through the "wanderlands" of Britain. Serendipity and her inner compass guide her around the country: Where might this lead? And if you know what it is to be Othered yourself, how might this color your experiences? And what if, in invoking the spirit of the land, "it" decides to make its presence felt?

    Whether following a "cult" map to a hidden well that refuses to reveal itself, attempting to persuade a labyrinth to spill its secrets, embarking on a coast-to-coast pilgrimage or searching for a mystical land temple, Jini depicts a whimsical, natural Britain. Along the way, she tracks down ephemeral wild art, encounters women who worship The Goddess, and falls deeper in love with her birth land. Throughout, she rejoices in the wildness we cannot see and celebrates the natural beauty we can, while offering glimpses of her Canadian childhood and her Indian parents' struggles in apartheid-era South Africa.

    Wanderland is a book in which the heart leads, all things are possible and the Other, both wild and human, comes in from the cold. It is a paean to the joy of roaming, both figuratively and imaginatively, and to the joy of finding your place in the world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
  • 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 Ride Epic Cycling Journeys Through the Heart of Australia
    Wild Ride Epic Cycling Journeys Through the Heart of Australia
    ISBN: 9781925556841
    Title: Wild Ride Epic Cycling Journeys Through the Heart of Australia

    This book tells the story of the cyclists who were overcome by the need to venture forth on two wheels; the courageous men and women who undertook some of the most epic bicycle journeys of all time. While many of Australia's bicycle pioneers rode to beat records or be the first, others rode for no other reason than to immerse themselves in the wild. They willingly surrendered themselves to their fate in a land at once majestic, magical and hostile. Fortunately for us these bicycle pioneers were not content to merely ride. They wanted to share their experience with other like-minded folk and Australian readers devoured their stories; heady accounts filled with unbridled wonder, drama and derring-do.

    The journeys retold in this book are a thrilling reminder of a period of exploration largely forgotten in the age of the motorcar. We might simply choose to enjoy these pioneering feats vicariously from the comfort of our armchairs. Or, we might be inspired to venture out on our own pedal powered explorations. At the very least, they will make our excuses to not go for a ride seem rather feeble indeed!

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Wild Silence
    Wild Silence
    ISBN: 9780241401460
    Title: Wild Silence
    Author: WINN RAYNOR

    Pre-order The Wild Silence, the incredible follow-up to one of the most talked about books of the decade - the phenomenon, Waterstones Book of the Month and The Sunday Times bestselling The Salt Path.

    'Raynor Winn has written a brilliant, powerful and touching account of her life before and after The Salt Path, which, like her astonishing debut, will connect with anyone who has triumphed over adversity' Stephen Moss, author and naturalist

    'A beautiful, luminous and magical piece of writing' Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

    'The Wild Silence confirms Raynor as a natural and extremely talented writer with an incredible way with words. This books gives us all what we wanted to know at the end of The Salt Path which is what happened next. So moving, it made me cry... repeatedly' Sophie Raworth, BBC

    Nature holds the answers for Raynor and her husband Moth. After walking 630 homeless miles along The Salt Path, living on the windswept and wild English coastline; the cliffs, the sky and the chalky earth now feel like their home.

    Moth has a terminal diagnosis, but against all medical odds, he seems revitalized in nature. Together on the wild coastal path, with their feet firmly rooted outdoors, they discover that anything is possible.

    Now, life beyond The Salt Path awaits and they come back to four walls, but the sense of home is illusive and returning to normality is proving difficult - until an incredible gesture by someone who reads their story changes everything.

    A chance to breathe life back into a beautiful farmhouse nestled deep in the Cornish hills; rewilding the land and returning nature to its hedgerows becomes their saving grace and their new path to follow.

    The Wild Silence is a story of hope triumphing over despair, of lifelong love prevailing over everything. It is a luminous account of the human spirit's instinctive connection to nature, and how vital it is for us all.

    Praise for The Salt Path

    '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

    'This is what you need right now to muster hope and resilience . . . a beautiful story and a reminder that humans can endure adversity' Stylist

    'The landscape is magical: shapeshifting 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 on The Salt Path

    '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, illustrator of The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found
    Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found
    ISBN: 9780857897763
    Title: Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found

    At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's rapid death from cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage crumbled. With nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America - from the Mojave Desert, through California and Oregon, and into Washington state - and to do it alone. She had no experience of long-distance hiking and the journey was nothing more than a line on a map. But it held a promise - a promise of piecing together a life that lay in ruins at her feet.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • 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
  • Without Ever Reaching the Summit
    Without Ever Reaching the Summit
    ISBN: 9781787302273
    Title: Without Ever Reaching the Summit

    An awestruck love letter to one of the most spectacular places on earth, from the author of international bestseller The Eight Mountains

    Paolo Cognetti marked his 40th birthday with a journey he had always wanted to make: to Dolpo, a remote Himalayan region where Nepal meets Tibet. He took with him two friends, a notebook, mules and guides, and a well-worn copy of The Snow Leopard. Written in 1978, Matthiessen's classic was also turning forty, and Cognetti set out to walk in the footsteps of the great adventurer.

    Without Ever Reaching the Summit combines travel journal, secular pilgrimage, literary homage and sublime mountain writing in a short book for readers of Macfarlane, Rebanks and Cognetti's own bestseller, The Eight Mountains. An investigation into the author's physical limits, an ancient mountain culture, and the magnificence of nature, it is an awestruck love letter to one of the most spectacular places on earth.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
  • Worst Journey in the World
    Worst Journey in the World
    ISBN: 9780099530374
    Title: Worst Journey in the World

    "The Worst Journey in the World" is a gripping account of an expedition gone disastrously wrong. One of the youngest members of Scott's team, Apsley Cherry-Garrard was later part of the rescue party that found the frozen bodies of Scott and the three men who had accompanied him on the final push to the Pole. Despite the horrors that Scott and his men eventually faced, Cherry-Garrard's account is filled with details of scientific discovery and anecdotes of human resilience in a harsh environment, supported by diary excerpts and accounts from other explorers.

    A masterpiece of travel writing, "The Worst Journey in the World" is the most celebrated and compelling of all the books on Antarctic exploration.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
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