• Emperor Far Away
    Emperor Far Away
    ISBN: 9781408864289
    Title: Emperor Far Away
    Author: EIMER DAVID

    A revelatory and groundbreaking book chronicling the complexity of modern-day China from the perspective of its border regions.
    & & & & In 1949, Mao Zedong announced the birth of the People's Republic of China, a proclamation to the world that, after centuries of war and social conflict, China had emerged as one nation. Since then, this idea has been constantly propagated for the benefit of the international community. For many living in the vast country, however, the old Chinese adage holds true: "the mountains are high and the emperor is far away."
    & & & & Few Westerners make it far beyond the major cities--the Chinese government has made it difficult to do so. David Eimer undertook a dangerous journey to China's unexplored frontiers to the outer reaches where Beijing's power has little influence. His chronicle shines new light on the world's most populous nation, showing clearly that China remains in many ways a divided state. Traveling through the Islamic areas of Xinjiang province, into the forbidden zone of Tibet, and across Route 219, which runs the rough boundary shared with India and is the only disputed frontier in China, Eimer exposes the country's inner conflict. All the tensions in China today--from its war against drugs and terrorism and the unstable relationships it maintains with Russia and Korea to its internal social issues--take on new meaning when seen from China's most remote corners. A brilliant melding of journalism and history, The Emperor Far Away is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary China.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Empire of Enchantment The Story of Indian Magic
    Empire of Enchantment The Story of Indian Magic
    ISBN: 9781925713077
    Title: Empire of Enchantment The Story of Indian Magic
    Author: ZUBRZYCKI JOHN


    A vibrant narrative of India's magical traditions and their journey across the world


    India's association with magicians goes& back thousands of years. Conjurers and& illusionists dazzled the courts of Hindu& maharajas and Mughal emperors. As British& dominion spread over the subcontinent,& such wonder-workers became synonymous& with India. Western magicians appropriated& Indian attire, tricks, and stage names.& Switching their turbans for top hats, Indian& jugglers fought back, and earned their& grudging respect.&


    This book tells the extraordinary story of& how Indian magic descended from the realm& of the gods to become part of daily ritual& and popular entertainment across the globe.& Recounting tales of levitating Brahmins,& resurrections, prophesying monkeys, and& 'the most famous trick never performed',& Empire of Enchantment vividly charts Indian& magic's epic journey from street to stage.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Endurance
    Endurance
    ISBN: 9780393319941
    Title: Endurance
    Author: WORSLEY F W

    You seriously mean to tell me that the ship is doomed?" asked Frank Worsley, commander of the Endurance, stuck impassably in Antarctic ice packs. "What the ice gets," replied Sir Ernest Shackleton, the expedition's unflappable leader, "the ice keeps." It did not, however, get the ship's twenty-five crew members, all of whom survived an eight-hundred-mile voyage across sea, land, and ice to South Georgia, the nearest inhabited island. First published in 1931, Endurance tells the full story of that doomed 1914-16 expedition and incredible rescue, as well as relating Worsley's further adventures fighting U-boats in the Great War, sailing the equally treacherous waters of the Arctic, and making one final (and successful) assault on the South Pole with Shackleton. It is a tale of unrelenting high adventure and a tribute to one of the most inspiring and courageous leaders of men in the history of exploration.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $34.00
    $34.00
  • Endurance: The True Story of Shackletons Voyage to the Antarctic
    Endurance: The True Story of Shackletons Voyage to the Antarctic
    ISBN: 9780753809877
    Title: Endurance: The True Story of Shackletons Voyage to the Antarctic
    Author: LANSING ALFRED

    Adventure, shipwreck, storms and survival on the high seas. ENDURANCE is the story of one of the most astonishing feats of exploration and human courage ever recorded. In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men set sail for the South Atlantic on board a ship called the Endurance. The object of the expedition was to cross the Antarctic overland. In October 1915, still half a continent away from their intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in ice. For five months Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways on one of the most savage regions of the world. This utterly gripping book, based on first-hand accounts of crew members and interviews with survivors, describes how the men survived, how they lived together in camps on the ice for 17 months until they reached land, how they were attacked by sea leopards, the diseases which they developed, and the indefatigability of the men and their lasting civility towards one another in the most adverse conditions conceivable.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • English
    English
    ISBN: 9780008222253
    Title: English
    Author: FOGLE BEN


    What does it mean to be English in a post-Brexit world? Is it the beer-swilling, tea-drinking, marmite-eating, wonky-toothed caricature? Or is it a bit more nuanced?


    Ben Fogle drives a Land Rover, owns a Labrador, wears a Barbour jacket and Hunter wellies. Is he English, British, European or a man of the world? In his quest to find out more about what it means to be English in a rapidly changing world, Ben takes a revealing look at the quirks, habits and foibles of the English people in his latest exploration of our nation's character(s).


    Over the course of a year Ben makes his way through the British seasons to explore what it means to be English, using the weather as a barometer of Englishness. He scrutinises our relationship with the weather through art, literature and music. Beginning in the summer, he takes us through the events that make up the social season, from Wimbledon and Ascot to Glastonbury and the World Cheese Rolling Championships. He tells the fascinating stories of the eccentric aristocracy and their stately homes and visits the Marmite factory and the home of the Mackintosh jacket.


    Moving through the autumn and into the winter, Ben explores our rich maritime and naval heritage and unravels the story of some of our greatest heroic explorers who survived in climates far more extreme than our own. He meets Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards, who came to define the heart of what it is to be English as the heroic hopeless underdog in winter sport and Michael Palin, a national treasure and pioneer of the subtle art of English humour. The journey also includes the Oxford Cambridge boat race, Wimbledon, the Proms, Glyndbourne, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Monty Python, Ale, the full English fry-up, John Betjeman, Royalty and Essex girls as Ben explores what it really means to be 'English'.


    Covering history, attitudes to foreigners, sport, stereotypes, language and more, English is filled with revealing stories and anecdotes that provide a fascinating portrait of a nation and its people.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • English: a Field Guide
    English: a Field Guide
    ISBN: 9780007490455
    Title: English: a Field Guide
    Author: RUDD MATT


    Thanks to television documentaries by Bruce Parry and David Attenborough, we are better acquainted with the hunting rituals of the San bushmen and the mating habits of Papua New Guinean tribes than we are with the everyday lives of that most peculiar of species -- the English.


    In THE ENGLISH: A FIELD GUIDE, SUNDAY TIMESjournalist Matt Rudd, sets out to uncover what makes us, the English, tick. He will examine us in our natural habitats, starting with the living room and moving out to the kitchen, the garden, the commuter train, the office, the motorway, the high street, the sports stadium, the pub, club, bingo hall, balti house, beach and ending up in the bedroom.


    Hilarious, warm-hearted and surprisingly enlightening, THE ENGLISH: A FIELD GUIDE shines a strong searchlight on us all.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • English: A Story of Marmite, Queuing & Weather
    English: A Story of Marmite, Queuing & Weather
    ISBN: 9780008222284
    Title: English: A Story of Marmite, Queuing & Weather
    Author: FOGLE BEN

    What makes the English English? Is it their eccentricity, their passionate love (or, indeed, hatred) of Marmite - or is it something less easily defined? Beginning at the top of a muddy Gloucestershire slope at the Coopers Hill cheese-rolling contest and traversing a landscape of lawns and queues, coastlines and sporting arenas, Ben Fogle takes us on a journey through the peculiarly English: a country of wax jackets, cricket, boat races and jellied eels, by way of national treasures such as the shipping forecast, fish and chips and the Wellington boot. Not to mention the Dunkirk spirit of relentless optimism in the face of adversity, be it the heroic failure of Captain Scott's doomed Antarctic expedition, or simply the perennial hope for better weather. The archetypal Englishman - lover of labradors and Land Rovers yet holder of two passports - Ben applauds all things quintessentially English while also paying tribute to the history, culture and ideas adopted with such gusto that they have become part of the fabric of the country. Written with Ben's trademark warmth and wit, this is a light-hearted yet touching tribute to all things English.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Epic Continent: Adventures in the Great Stories of Europe
    Epic Continent: Adventures in the Great Stories of Europe
    ISBN: 9781473665736
    Title: Epic Continent: Adventures in the Great Stories of Europe
    Author: JUBBER NICHOLAS

    These are the stories that made Europe.

    Journeying from Turkey to Iceland, award-winning travel writer Nicholas Jubber takes us on a fascinating adventure through our continent's most enduring epic poems to learn how they were shaped by their times, and how they have since shaped us.

    The great European epics were all inspired by moments of seismic change: The Odyssey tells of the aftermath of the Trojan War, the primal conflict from which much of European civilisation was spawned. The Song of the Nibelungen tracks the collapse of a Germanic kingdom on the edge of the Roman Empire. Both the French Song of Roland and the Serbian Kosovo Cycle emerged from devastating conflicts between Christian and Muslim powers. Beowulf, the only surviving Old English epic, and the great Icelandic Saga of Burnt Njal, respond to times of great religious struggle - the shift from paganism to Christianity. These stories have stirred passions ever since they were composed, motivating armies and revolutionaries, and they continue to do so today.

    Reaching back into the ancient and medieval eras in which these defining works were produced, and investigating their continuing influence today, Epic Continent explores how matters of honour, fundamentalism, fate, nationhood, sex, class and politics have preoccupied the people of Europe across the millennia. In these tales soaked in blood and fire, Nicholas Jubber discovers how the world of gods and emperors, dragons and water-maidens, knights and princesses made our own: their deep impact on European identity, and their resonance in our turbulent times.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Epic Hikes of the World
    Epic Hikes of the World
    ISBN: 9781787014176
    Title: Epic Hikes of the World


    With stories of 50 incredible hiking routes in 30 countries, from New Zealand to Peru, plus a further 150 suggestions, Lonely Planet's Epic Hikes of the World will inspire a lifetime of adventure on foot. From one-day jaunts and urban trails to month-long thru-hikes, cultural rambles and mountain expeditions, each journey shares one defining feature: being truly epic.


    In this follow-up to Epic Bike Rides and Epic Drives, we share our adventures on the world's best treks and trails. Epic Hikes is organised by continent, with each route brought to life by a first-person account, beautiful photographs and charming illustrated maps. Additionally, each hike includes trip planning advice on how to get there, where to stay, what to pack and where to eat, as well as recommendations for three similar hikes in other regions of the world.


    Hikes featured include:


    Africa & the Middle East:

    • Cape Town's Three Peaks (South Africa)
    • Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
    • Camp to Camp in South Luangwa National Park (Zambia)

    Americas:

    • Angel's Landing, Zion National Park (USA)
    • Skyline Trail, Jasper National Park (Canada)
    • Concepci n volcano hike (Nicaragua)

    Asia:

    • 88 Sacred Temples of Shikoku Pilgrimage (Japan)
    • Markha Valley (India)
    • Gubeikou to Jinshanling on the Great Wall (China)

    Europe:

    • Wordsworth's Backyard: Dove Cottage and around Rydal and Grasmere (UK)
    • Alpine Pass Route (Switzerland)
    • Camino de Santiago (Spain)

    Oceania:

    • Sydney's Seven Bridges Walk (Australia)
    • The Routeburn Track (New Zealand)
    • Kokoda Track (Papua New Guinea)

    About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, on mobile, video and in 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Escape to the Pole: Two Kiwi Guys Dodge Crevasses Starvation & Marriage
    Escape to the Pole: Two Kiwi Guys Dodge Crevasses Starvation & Marriage
    ISBN: 9781869793999
    Title: Escape to the Pole: Two Kiwi Guys Dodge Crevasses Starvation & Marriage
    Author: BIGGAR KEVIN

    The hilarious sequel to 'The Oarsome Adventures of a Fat Boy Rower'. One hundred years ago Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen were racing to claim the last great geographic prize, the South Pole. It was an epic battle, a life or death struggle. Now, a century later, Kevin and Jamie know how they feel. The Hot Polish Girl (HPG) is starting to get clucky. Kate is back in the picture. Their carefree bachelor days are numbered. There is only one solution. They set themselves the challenge of trekking, unsupported 2400kms from the Antarctic coast to South Pole and back across the coldest, windiest, highest, driest, most 'est' place on Earth. Along the way they experience abyss-like crevasses, tooth-cracking cold, fickle GPSs and skin-melting frostbite. They are ravaged by auto-cannibalism, attacked by white ninjas and meet girls in bikinis. Through their adventures they unravel the mysteries around Captain Scott's last expedition. Written in the same whimsical, entertaining style as 'The Oarsome Adventures of a Fat Boy Rower', 'Race to the Pole' puts a modern human face on a classic adventure story.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Estuary Out from London to the Sea
    Estuary Out from London to the Sea
    ISBN: 9780141018539
    Title: Estuary Out from London to the Sea
    Author: LICHTENSTEIN RACHEL

    LONGLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2017 A hauntingly beautiful social history of the Thames Estuary, from the author of On Brick Lane Out at the eastern edge of England, between land and ocean, you will find beautiful, haunted salt marshes, coastal shallows and wide-open skies: the Thames Estuary. The estuary is an ancient gateway to England, a passage for numberless travellers in and out of London. And for generations, the people of Kent and Essex have lived and worked on the Estuary, learning its waters, losing loved ones to its deeps. Their heritage is a proud but never an easy one. In the face of a world changing around them, they endure. Rachel Lichtenstein spent five years exploring this unique community and recording its extraordinary chorus of voices, present and past. From mud larkers and fishermen to radio pirates and champion racers, from buried princesses to unexploded bombs, Estuary is a celebration of a haunting & profoundly British place.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Everest
    Everest
    ISBN: 9781780973524
    Title: Everest
    Author: CRAIG GEORGE

    The possibility of climbing the world's highest mountain was first aired in 1885. Although Tibet and Nepal were initially forbidden to explorers, the challenge captured the imagination of the world's mountaineers.
    Over the next 68 years, obstacles were overcome to allow 12 full-scale expeditions to attempt the summit. Eleven ended in failure - until on 29 May 1953, the British team achieved the seemingly impossible.

    The magic of Everest remains undiminished. Since 1953, many expeditions have conquered the mighty peak, but it remains one of the world's supreme challenges: its very name synonymous with the biggest, the best and the most dangerous.

    Packed with stunning photography and informative text, Everest will chronicle the story of the mountain and
    those who attempted - some successfully, others with fatal consequences - the ultimate test of bravery.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Everest: Reflections from the Top
    Everest: Reflections from the Top
    ISBN: 9781846043949
    Title: Everest: Reflections from the Top
    Author: WEARE ARRY & GEE MARGARET & GEE CHRISTINE


    On 29 May 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first ever to set foot on the highest point on earth: the summit of Everest. It was a magical moment. Since then many men and women have striven to reach the top of this awesome mountain, which can be at once beautiful and mystical, unpredictable and highly dangerous, never straightforward and always incredibly tough.


    In this timely and remarkable book, published to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the original ascent, mountaineers from all round the world tell what motivated them to make their own summit bids. They highlight how it felt to reach the top and the impact it made on them, ranging from practical comments to spiritual reflections, to philosophical statements on the future of our planet, including contributions from climbers such as: Chris Bonington, Alan Hinkes, Eric Simonson, Reinhold Messner, Jamling Tenzing Norgay, Bear Grylls, Greg Mortimer, Junko Tabei, Peter Hillary, Doug Scott and Stephen Venables.


    Not only is this a fascinating and insightful collection to mark more than half a century of the highest adventure, it is also an inspiration to any one of us when we contemplate heroic achievements of our own - whatever they may be.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.00
    $19.00
  • Exotic Booze Club True Adventures of Volcanoes, Cobras, & a Beer Elephant
    Exotic Booze Club True Adventures of Volcanoes, Cobras, & a Beer Elephant
    ISBN: 9781743313565
    Title: Exotic Booze Club True Adventures of Volcanoes, Cobras, & a Beer Elephant
    Author: ARMSTRONG BRIAN

    It was a club created in flagrant violation of his employer's rules. A club for intrepid film-makers to share their hair-raising stories - of deadly snakes, acid lakes, enormous crocodiles and other examples of nature at its most dangerous - over a glass (or ten) of rotgut booze from the world's most dangerous zones. A memoir of alcoholic proportions! When Brian Armstrong was seven, he happened across some bare-breasted tribeswomen gazing at him from the pages of an old, yellow-bordered magazine that was part of his Uncle Ian's collection. But it wasn't just the breasts that attracted his attention. Pictures of far-off jungles, exotic wildlife and intrepid explorers also enthralled Brian. One cousin remembers him declaring, 'That's what I'm going to do when I grow up.' Twenty-five years later, that dream came true. As a seat-of-the-pants expedition filmmaker for the same company that produced those yellow-bordered magazines, the boy from Bendigo found himself travelling from one death-defying adventure to another. Coping with deadly snakes, tornadoes, volcanoes, acid lakes, malaria, monsoons, armed rebels, enormous crocodiles, even a helicopter crash became part of a day's work. Time and again Brian asked himself the same three questions: 'How did I get here?' 'How do I get out of here?' And, most importantly, 'What's to drink?' Against his prestigious employer's strict anti-alcohol policy, this irreverent rule-breaker started the Exotic Booze Club. Filmmakers and explorers would return to Brian's office with strange liquors to share, wild stories of daring exploits and, sometimes, pictures of naked tribeswomen. This book is the true story from behind the scenes of Brian's most dramatic films, framed by the life and death of the one-and-only Exotic Booze Club.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Expedition: Adventures Into Undiscovered Worlds
    Expedition: Adventures Into Undiscovered Worlds
    ISBN: 9781785943652
    Title: Expedition: Adventures Into Undiscovered Worlds
    Author: BACKSHALL STEVE


    Shine a light into the unknown


    There are still dark corners of our planet that are yet to be explored. In this remarkable book, Steve Backshall offers an unflinching account of his adventures into these uncharted territories around the globe, in search of world firsts. Each location brings its own epic challenges - whether it's the first climb of an arctic ice fall in Greenland, the first recorded navigation of a South American river, or the first exploration of the world's longest cave system in Mexico. But all of them represent new tests of the limits of human endeavour.


    Accompanying a major 10-part series on BBC and Dave, Expedition is a breathtaking journey into the unknown, and a brilliantly written celebration of the pleasures of genuine discovery.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
  • Expedition: the Forgotten Story of a Polar Tragedy
    Expedition: the Forgotten Story of a Polar Tragedy
    ISBN: 9781781859636
    Title: Expedition: the Forgotten Story of a Polar Tragedy
    Author: UUSMA BEA

    In 1897 three men disappeared in the North Pole--only now have their final hours been revealed with this award-winning forensic investigation of a 120-year-old mystery On July 11th, 1897, three men set out in a hydrogen balloon bound for the North Pole. Led by engineer August Soloman AndrEe, they want to make history, but are frighteningly underprepared. Three days into their journey they make a crash landing and disappear into a white nightmare. They never return. 33 years later, the men's bodies and equipment are found buried beneath the snow and ice on a deserted glacier. They had enough food, clothing, and ammunition to survive. Why did they die? 100 years later, Bea Uusma is at a part. She pulls a book off a shelf about the AndrEe Expedition. For the next 15 years, Bea will think of nothing else. This is her journey to uncover the truth.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Expeditions Unpacked: What the Great Explorers Took into the Unknown
    Expeditions Unpacked: What the Great Explorers Took into the Unknown
    ISBN: 9781781318782
    Title: Expeditions Unpacked: What the Great Explorers Took into the Unknown
    Author: STAFFORD ED

    "A fascinating and unique look at these celebrated expeditions. Ed Stafford knows all too well how important an explorer's kit can be and this brilliant book gives great insight into the role it plays." --Sir Ranulph Fiennes

    In this unique and enthralling book, explorer and survivalist Ed Stafford curates 25 great expeditions through the lens of the kit these remarkable explorers took with them. In an environment where lack of preparation could mean certain death, the equipment carried, ridden and sailed into uncharted territories could mean the success or failure of an expedition. Was it simply a case of better provisions and preparation that helped Amundsen beat Scott to the South Pole? And how has the equipment taken to Everest changed since Hillary's first ascent?

    Through carefully curated photographs and specially commissioned illustrations we can see at a glance the scale, style and complexity of the items taken into the unknown by the greatest explorers of all time, and the impact each item had on their journey. How it potentially saved a life, or was purely for comfort or entertainment, and how these objects of survival have evolved and adapted as science advances, and we plunge further into the extremes.

    Conquering fears and mountains, adversity and wild jungles, each item these explorers flew, pulled or hauled played a crucial role in their ambitious and dangerous missions to find out a little more about our world. Through each of these objects, we can gain a better understanding ourselves.

    Get an intimate view of these and more amazing expeditions:
    • Roald Amundsen, race to the Pole: Norwegian expedition (snowshoes, Primus stove, piano, violin, gramophone...)
    • Amelia Earhart, first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean (Bendix radio direction finder, parachutes, emergency life raft, rouge...)
    • Tim Slessor, first overland from London to Singapore (machetes, crowbar, typewriter, Remington dry shaver, tea...)
    • Nellie Bly, around the world in 72 days (Mumm champagne, accordion, silk waterproof wrap, dark gloves...)


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Explore Every Day 365 Daily Prompts to Refresh Your Life
    Explore Every Day 365 Daily Prompts to Refresh Your Life
    ISBN: 9781788686358
    Title: Explore Every Day 365 Daily Prompts to Refresh Your Life
    Author: LONELY PLANET


    You don't have to travel far to discover a world of new experiences. From new ways to connect with friends, family and the community, to appreciating art and unleashing your creative side, Lonely Planet shows you how to explore new cultures, meet new people and have amazing adventures - every day.


    When we travel, we see the world with new eyes, eat new foods, and meet people from different cultures. We learn, we explore, we challenge ourselves - and return all the better for having refreshed and renewed our outlook. But how often do we take that sense of adventure and apply it to our daily lives when we're back home?


    Explore Every Day encourages you to discover your creativity, your inner adventurer and your community. Some of these prompts take one minute, like learning to breathe deeply, while others a full day or more, such as camping in your living room. But most take anywhere between 10 minutes to an hour, so they're perfect to fit into your daily routine.


    Daily prompts include:

    • Admiring the next piece of street art you see as if it were hanging in an art gallery
    • Watching a film from the first country that comes to mind, and writing a short review
    • Spending one full minute really, truly feeling the weather
    • Drawing a map of your hometown
    • Going on a holiday near your house by staying in a nearby youth hostel or hotel
    • Getting off the bus or train at a station you've never been to before
    • Borrowing a dog and taking it for a walk
    • Waking up early to listen to the dawn chorus in a local park or woodland
    • Learning one new constellation
    • Calling an older relative and saying hi

    About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, on mobile, video and in 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $17.00
    $17.00
  • Explorer's Eye: First-hand Accounts of Adventure & Exploration
    Explorer's Eye: First-hand Accounts of Adventure & Exploration
    ISBN: 9781585677665
    Title: Explorer's Eye: First-hand Accounts of Adventure & Exploration
    Author: FLEMING FERGUS & MERULLO ANNABEL (EDS)

    In the 18th century, exploration entered a new dimension - explorers were motivated by scientific inquiry rather than greed. To this end they were expected to make a full record of everything they encountered; and for the first time in history, that record was to include pictures as well as words. Combining gripping first-hand accounts with original images, THE EXPLORER'S EYE gives an insight into who these people were and what they saw.They were a mixed bunch but, whatever their training or background, they provided a vivid portrait of the unknown. In the early days they drew their own pictures, later they were equipped with draughtsmen, later still they carried cameras, and ultimately they were accompanied by film crews. The power of their images is matched by that of their journals. Here you have Alexander von Humboldt braving the electric eels of South America and Robert Peary explaining his relationships with Eskimos.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Explorers
    Explorers
    ISBN: 9781876485221
    Title: Explorers
    Author: FLANNERY TIM

    The explorers of Australia tell an epic story of courage and suffering, of dispossession and conquest, of a moving frontier between European invaders and the Aborigines who had been living on this continent for thousands of years.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Explorers: a Story of Fearless Outcasts, Blundering Geniuses, & Impossible Success
    Explorers: a Story of Fearless Outcasts, Blundering Geniuses, & Impossible Success
    ISBN: 9781451677577
    Title: Explorers: a Story of Fearless Outcasts, Blundering Geniuses, & Impossible Success
    Author: DUGARD MARTIN

    Unlock your inner explorer in this riveting account of one of history's greatest adventures-and a study of the seven character traits all great explorers share. In 1856, two intrepid adventurers, Richard Francis Burton and John Hanning Speke, set off to unravel a geographical unknown: the location of the Nile River's source. They traveled deep into a forbidding and uncharted African wilderness together before arriving at two different solutions to the mystery and parting ways as sworn enemies. The feud became an international sensation upon their return to England, and a public debate was scheduled to decide whose theory was correct. What followed was a massive spectacle with an outcome no one could have ever foreseen. In The Explorers, New York Times bestselling author Martin Dugard tells the rich saga of the Burton and Speke expedition. To better understand their motivations and ultimate success, Dugard guides readers through the seven vital traits that Burton and Speke, as well as history's most legendary explorers, called upon to see their impossible journeys through to the end: curiosity, hope, passion, courage, independence, self-discipline, and perseverance. In doing so, Dugard demonstrates that we are all explorers and that these traits have a most practical application in everyday life. Within some of us beats the heart of a mountain climber; within others, that of a budding entrepreneur. Just like the explorers, life will present us with great unknowns: the diagnosis of cancer, the call to help a troubled friend, the need to move forward after great tragedy. As professionals we will attempt to chart paths that have never been mapped. And however modest our lives may appear on the outside, there will be times requiring the same deep moral decisions and complex tactical judgments explorers faced in strange lands, thousands of miles from home. The Explorers is a book about courage and survival. It is also a book about stepping into the darkness with confidence and grace, aware on some profound level-as were Burton and Speke-that the Promised Land we are searching for is not some lost corner of the world, but a place within ourselves.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $47.00
    $47.00
  • Extraordinary Theory of Objects: a Memoir of an Outsider in Paris
    Extraordinary Theory of Objects: a Memoir of an Outsider in Paris
    ISBN: 9780061963926
    Title: Extraordinary Theory of Objects: a Memoir of an Outsider in Paris
    Author: LACAVA STEPHANIE

    A haunting and moving collection of original narratives that reveals an expatriate's coming-of-age in Paris and the magic she finds in ordinary objects W hen Stephanie LaCava's father transports her and her family to the quaint Parisian suburb of Le VĂ©sinet, everything changes for the young American. Stephanie sets out to explore her new surroundings and make friends at her unconventional international school, but her curiosity soon gives way to feelings of anxiety and a deep depression. In her darkest moments, Stephanie learns to filter the world through her peculiar lens, discovering the uncommon, uncelebrated beauty in what she finds. Encouraged by her father through trips to museums and scavenger hunts at antiques shows, she traces an interconnected web of narratives about outsider figures and of objects historical and natural that ultimately helps her survive.A series of illustrated essays that unfolds in cinematic fashion, An Extraordinary Theory of Objects offers a universal lessonto harness the power of creativity to cope with loneliness, sadness, and disappointment and find wonder in the uncertainty of the future.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Extreme Rambling
    Extreme Rambling
    ISBN: 9780091927813
    Title: Extreme Rambling
    Author: THOMAS MARK

    'Good fences make good neighbours, but what about bad ones?' The Israeli barrier is probably the most iconic divider of land since the Berlin Wall. It has been declared illegal under international law and its impact on life in the West Bank has been enormous. Mark Thomas - as only he could - decided the only way to really get to grips with this huge divide was to use the barrier as a route map, to 'walk the wall', covering the entire distance with little more in his armoury than Kendal Mint Cake and a box of blister plasters.

    In the course of his ramble he was tear-gassed, stoned, sunburned, rained on and hailed on and even lost the wall a couple of times. But thankfully he was also welcomed and looked after by Israelis and Palestinians - from farmers and soldiers to smugglers and zookeepers - and finally earned a unique insight of the real Middle East in all its entrenched and yet life-affirming glory. And all without hardly ever getting arrested.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • Extreme Survivors: 60 Epic Stories of Human Endurance
    Extreme Survivors: 60 Epic Stories of Human Endurance
    ISBN: 9780008347833
    Title: Extreme Survivors: 60 Epic Stories of Human Endurance
    Author: COLLINS MAPS & GRYLLS BEAR

    The statistics, descriptions, and illustrative maps fully describe of 60 of the world's greatest survival stories. Find out how Joe Simpson crawled to safety in the South American Andean mountains; how Anthony Farrar-Hockley evaded capture after the Battle of Imjin River in the Korean War; how Shackleton's men survived the incredible journey by boat to South Georgia; and how Naheeda Bi survived 10 years in captivity after her notorious tribal kidnapping in Pakistan.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World
    Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World
    ISBN: 9780679746126
    Title: Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World
    Author: IYER PICO


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    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Far & Away: How Travel Can Change the World
    Far & Away: How Travel Can Change the World
    ISBN: 9781784700720
    Title: Far & Away: How Travel Can Change the World
    Author: SOLOMON ANDREW


    In 1991 Andrew Solomon faced down tanks in Moscow with a band of Russian artists protesting the August coup. We find him on the quest for a rare bird in Zambia in 1998, and in Greenland in 2001 researching widespread depression among the Inuit. In 2002 he was in Afghanistan for the fall of the Taliban. He was brought in for questioning in Qaddafi's Libya in 2006. In 2014 he travelled to Myanmar to meet ex-political prisoners as the country fitfully pushed towards freedom. Far and Away tells these and many other stories. With his signature compassion, Solomon demonstrates both how history is altered by individuals, and how personal identities shift when governments change.


    A journalist and essayist of remarkable perception and prescience, Solomon chronicles a life's travels to the nexus of hope, courage, and the uncertainty of lived experience and tracks seismic shifts - cultural, political and spiritual. He takes us on a magnificent journey into the heart of extraordinarily diverse experiences via intimate, deeply moving stories that reveal and revel in our common humanity.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Faraway Nearby
    Faraway Nearby
    ISBN: 9781847085122
    Title: Faraway Nearby
    Author: SOLNIT REBECCA

    This personal, lyrical narrative about storytelling and empathy from award winner Rebecca Solnit is a fitting companion to her beloved "A Field Guide for Getting Lost"
    In this exquisitely written new book by the author of "A Paradise Built in Hell," Rebecca Solnit explores the ways we make our lives out of stories, and how we are connected by empathy, by narrative, by imagination. In the course of unpacking some of her own stories--of her mother and her decline from memory loss, of a trip to Iceland, of an illness--Solnit revisits fairytales and entertains other stories: about arctic explorers, Che Guevara among the leper colonies, and Mary Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein, about warmth and coldness, pain and kindness, decay and transformation, making art and making self. Woven together, these stories create a map which charts the boundaries and territories of storytelling, reframing who each of us is and how we might tell our story.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Fault Line : Traveling the Other Europe, from Finland to Ukraine
    Fault Line : Traveling the Other Europe, from Finland to Ukraine
    ISBN: 9780847845422
    Title: Fault Line : Traveling the Other Europe, from Finland to Ukraine
    Author: RUMIZ PAOLO

    An award-winning writer travels the eastern front of Europe, where the push/pull between old empires and new possibilities has never been more evident. Paolo Rumiz traces the path that has twice cut Europe in two--first by the Iron Curtain and then by the artificial scaffolding of the EU--moving through vibrant cities and abandoned villages, some places still gloomy under the ghost of these imposing borders, some that have sought to erase all memory of it and jump with both feet into the West (if only the West would have them). In The Fault Line, he is a sublime and lively guide through these unfamiliar landscapes, piecing together an atlas that has been erased by modern states, delighting in the discovery of communities that were once engulfed by geopolitics then all but forgotten, until now.The farther south he goes, the more he feels he is traveling not along some abandoned Eastern frontier, but right in the middle of things: Mitteleuropa wasn't to be found in Viennese cafes but much farther east, beyond even Budapest and Warsaw. As in Ukraine, these remain places in flux, where the political and cultural values of the East and West have stared each other down for centuries. Rumiz gives a human face not just to what the Cold War left behind but to the ancient ties of empire and ethnicity that are still at the root of modern politics in flash-point areas such as this.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Fear
    Fear
    ISBN: 9781473617995
    Title: Fear
    Author: FIENNES RANULPH


    Sir Ranulph Fiennes has climbed the Eiger and Mount Everest. He's crossed both Poles on foot. He's been a member of the SAS and fought a bloody guerrilla war in Oman. And yet he confesses that his fear of heights is so great that he'd rather send his wife up a ladder to clean the gutters than do it himself.


    In Fear, the world's greatest explorer delves into his own experiences to try and explain what fear is, how it happens and how he's overcome it so successfully. He examines key moments from history where fear played an important part in the outcome of a great event. He shows us how the brain perceives fear, how that manifests itself in us, and how we can transform our perceptions.


    With an enthralling combination of story-telling, research and personal accounts of his own struggles to overcome fear, Sir Ranulph Fiennes sheds new light on one of humanity's strongest emotions.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Fez of the Heart: Travels Around Turkey in Search of a Hat
    Fez of the Heart: Travels Around Turkey in Search of a Hat
    ISBN: 9780330343626
    Title: Fez of the Heart: Travels Around Turkey in Search of a Hat
    Author: SEAL JEREMY

    Jeremy Seal set out across Turkey, in the extremes of winter, to trace the astonishing history of a cone-shaped hat. He soon saw the fez as the key by which Turkey, beset by contradiction, might be understood. Almost all you could ever need to know about modern Turkey, modern Turks and their one-time headgear. Extremely well written and very funny Eric Newby Original and beautifully observed, the book reads like Chatwin with jokes Independent Intelligent, funny and informative travelogue . . . Not so much a book about hats as a skilled and entertaining portrait of modern Turkey Sunday Times Armchair travellers can rarely have had such a delightfully eccentric guide as Jeremy Seal . . . weaves history, personal and illuminating observation into a sprightly seamless whole Scotland on Sunday

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
    $32.00
  • Field Guide to Getting Lost
    Field Guide to Getting Lost
    ISBN: 9780143037248
    Title: Field Guide to Getting Lost
    Author: SOLNIT REBECCA

    Whether she is contemplating the history of walking as a cultural and political experience over the past two hundred years ("Wanderlust"), or using the life of photographer Eadweard Muybridge as a lens to discuss the transformations of space and time in late nineteenth-century America ("River of Shadows"), Rebecca Solnit has emerged as an inventive and original writer whose mind is daring in the connections it makes. "A Field Guide to Getting Lost" draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Solnits own life to explore the issues of wandering, being lost, and the uses of the unknown. The result is a distinctive, stimulating, and poignant voyage of discovery. BACKCOVER: A meditation on the pleasures and terrors of getting lost "The New Yorker" This indispensable California writers most personal book yet. "San Francisco Chronicle" An intriguing amalgam of personal memoir, philosophical speculation, natural lore, cultural history, and art criticism . . . a book to set you wandering down strangely fruitful trails of thought. "Los Angeles Times

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.00
    $34.00
  • Field Guide to Getting Lost
    Field Guide to Getting Lost
    ISBN: 9781841957456
    Title: Field Guide to Getting Lost
    Author: SOLNIT REBECCA

    Rebecca Solnit investigates the nature of loss, losing and being lost. She starts with the revelation that what is totally unknown to you is usually what you most need to discover and explores how finding that unknown quantity frequently requires getting lost to begin with.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • Field Guide to Getting Lost
    Field Guide to Getting Lost
    ISBN: 9781786890511
    Title: Field Guide to Getting Lost
    Author: SOLNIT REBECCA

    A stimulating exploration of wandering, being lost, and the uses of the unknown from the author of Men Explain Things To Me

    Written as a series of autobiographical essays, A Field Guide to Getting Lost draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Rebecca Solnit's life to explore issues of uncertainty, trust, loss, memory, desire, and place. Solnit is interested in the stories we use to navigate our way through the world, and the places we traverse, from wilderness to cities, in finding ourselves, or losing ourselves. While deeply personal, her own stories link up to larger stories, from captivity narratives of early Americans to the use of the color blue in Renaissance painting, not to mention encounters with tortoises, monks, punk rockers, mountains, deserts, and the movie Vertigo. The result is a distinctive, stimulating voyage of discovery.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00

    $25.00
  • Fifty Places to Paddle Before You Die
    Fifty Places to Paddle Before You Die
    ISBN: 9781617691256
    Title: Fifty Places to Paddle Before You Die
    Author: SANTELLA CHRIS

    In "Fifty Places to Paddle Before You Die," the newest addition to the Fifty Places series, Chris Santella explores the best destinations for the diverse sport of paddling. The book features the world's top spots for kayaking, rafting, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding. Destinations include the Grand Canyon, Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, Baja California, Indonesia's Komodo Islands, and the Antarctic Peninsula, as recommended by paddling experts. Compelling travelogues are complemented by beautiful and vibrant photographs of the locations and travel tips to help readers experience the destinations for themselves.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Figures in a Landscape: People & Places
    Figures in a Landscape: People & Places
    ISBN: 9780241977507
    Title: Figures in a Landscape: People & Places
    Author: THEROUX PAUL

    "A& portrait of an optimist with curiosity and affection for humanity in all its forms."--The New York Times Book Review
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    "Theroux is at the top of his game with his third collection of essays, a magisterial grouping of intimate remembrances, globe-trotting adventures, and incisive literary critiques."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
    &
    "Theroux's observations are so keen and writerly skills so sharp that he butter-slices& narratives with a& razor-thin surgeon's scalpel, masterfully serving up both the world's dark underbelly and its gloriously uplifting& sustenance of love, longing and& wonder-lust."--Forbes

    Paul Theroux's latest collection of essays applies his signature searching curiosity to a life lived as much in reading as on the road. This writerly tour-de-force features a satisfyingly varied selection of topics. Travel essays take us to Ecuador, Zimbabwe, and Hawaii, to name a few. Gems of literary criticism reveal fascinating depth in the work of Henry David Thoreau, Muriel Spark, Joseph Conrad, and Hunter Thompson. And in a series of breathtakingly personal profiles, we take ahelicopter ride with Elizabeth Taylor, go diagnosing with Oliver Sacks, eavesdrop on the day-to-day life of a Manhattan dominatrix, and explore New York with Robin Williams.

    An extended meditation on the craft of writing binds together this wide-ranging collection, along with Theroux's constant quest for the authentic in a person or in a place.
    &


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Finding George Orwell in Burma
    Finding George Orwell in Burma
    ISBN: 9781847084026
    Title: Finding George Orwell in Burma
    Author: LARKIN EMMA

    Emma Larkin tells of the year she spent travelling through Burma, using as a compass the life and work of George Orwell, whom many of Burma's underground teahouse intellectuals call simply 'the prophet'.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • Finding Them Gone: Visiting China's Poets of the Past
    Finding Them Gone: Visiting China's Poets of the Past
    ISBN: 9781556594892
    Title: Finding Them Gone: Visiting China's Poets of the Past
    Author: PINE RED


    "A travel writer with a cult following."--The New York Times


    "There are very few westerners who could successfully cover so much territory in China, but Porter pulls it off. Finding Them Gone uniquely draws upon his parallel careers as a translator and a travel writer in ways that his previous books have not. A lifetime devoted to understanding Chinese culture and spirituality blossoms within its pages to create something truly rare."--The Los Angeles Book Review


    To pay homage to China''s greatest poets, renowned translator Bill Porter--who is also known by his Chinese name "Red Pine"--traveled throughout China visiting dozens of poets'' graves and performing idiosyncratic rituals that featured Kentucky bourbon and reading poems aloud to the spirits.


    Combining travelogue, translations, history, and personal stories, this intimate and fast-paced tour of modern China celebrates inspirational landscapes and presents translations of classical poems, many of which have never before been translated into English.


    Porter is a former radio commentator based in Hong Kong who specialized in travelogues. As such, he is an entertaining storyteller who is deeply knowledgeable about Chinese culture, both ancient and modern, who brings readers into the journey--from standing at the edge of the trash pit that used to be Tu Mu''s grave to sitting in Han Shan''s cave where the Buddhist hermit "Butterfly Woman" serves him tea.


    Illustrated with over one hundred photographs and two hundred poems, Finding Them Gone combines the love of travel with an irrepressible exuberance for poetry. As Porter writes: "The graves of the poets I''d been visiting were so different. Some were simple, some palatial, some had been plowed under by farmers, and others had been reduced to trash pits. Their poems, though, had survived... Poetry is transcendent. We carry it in our hearts and find it there when we have forgotten everything else."


    In praise of Bill Porter/Red Pine:


    "In the travel writing that has made him so popular in China, Porter''s tone is not reverential but explanatory, and filled with luminous asides... His goal is to tell interested foreigners about revealing byways of Chinese culture."--New York Review of Books


    "Porter is an amiable and knowledgeable guide. The daily entries themselves fit squarely in the travelogue genre, seamlessly combining the details of his routes and encounters with the poets’ biographies, Chinese histories, and a generous helping of the poetry itself. Porter’s knowledge of the subject and his curation of the poems make this book well worth reading for travelers and poetry readers alike. It’s like a survey course in Chinese poetry--but one in which the readings are excellent, the professor doesn’t take himself too seriously, and the field trips involve sharing Stagg bourbon with the deceased.”--Publishers Weekly


    "Red Pine''s out-of-the-mainstream work is canny and clearheaded, and it has immeasurably enhanced Zen/Taoist literature and practice."--Kyoto Journal


    "Bill Porter has been one of the most prolific translators of Chinese texts, while also developing into a travel writer with a cult following."--The New York Times


    "Red Pine''s succinct and informative notes for each poem are core samples of the cultural, political, and literary history of China." --Asian Reporter


    Poets’ graves visited (partial list): Li Pai, Tu Fu, Wang Wei, Su Tung-p’o, Hsueh T’ao, Chia Tao, Wei Ying-wu, Shih-wu (Stonehouse), Han-shan (Cold Mountain).


    Bill Porter (a.k.a. "Red Pine") is widely recognized as one of the world''s finest translators of Chinese religious and poetic texts. His best-selling books include Lao-tzu''s Taoteching and The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain. He lives near Seattle.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
  • Findings
    Findings
    ISBN: 9780954221744
    Title: Findings
    Author: JAMIE KATHLEEN


    Between the laundry and the fetching kids from school, that's how birds enter my life. I listen. During a lull in the traffic: oyster-catchers; in the school-playground, sparrows.


    It's surprising what you can find by simply stepping out to look. Award-winning poet Kathleen Jamie has an eye and an ease with the nature and landscapes of Scotland as well as an incisive sense of our domestic realities. In Findings she draws together these themes to describe travels like no other contemporary writer.


    Whether she is following the call of a peregrine in the hills above her home in Fife, sailing into a dark winter solstice on the Orkney islands, or pacing around the carcass of a whale on a rain-swept Hebridean beach, she creates a subtle and modern narrative, peculiarly alive to her connections and surroundings.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Fire Season Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout
    Fire Season Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout
    ISBN: 9781447208143
    Title: Fire Season Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout
    Author: CONNORS PHILIP


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • First Pass Under Heaven: a 4000 Kilometre Walk Along the Great Wall of China
    First Pass Under Heaven: a 4000 Kilometre Walk Along the Great Wall of China
    ISBN: 9780143020677
    Title: First Pass Under Heaven: a 4000 Kilometre Walk Along the Great Wall of China
    Author: GRAY NATHAN

    The epic journey of a New Zealand lawyer, a Buddhist monk, an Argentinean photojournalist, an Italian recording artist and a Mormon golfer, travelling together along the Great Wall of China. Having decided to mark the millennium in cultural, racial and religious harmony, the five men quickly encountered reality: blizzards, lightening strikes, thirst, starvation, snakes and police detention. This is Nathan Gray's account of his 4,000-kilometre trek along the largest man-made structure ever built. His story is remarkable, uncovering the Wall's profound history and revealing insights into China's geopolitical climate, as he shares his personal journey of physical, mental and emotional triumph.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
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