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  • 500 HIDDEN SECRETS OF DUBLIN
    500 HIDDEN SECRETS OF DUBLIN
    OREILLY SHANE
    ISBN: 9789460582028
    Title: 500 HIDDEN SECRETS OF DUBLIN
    Author: OREILLY SHANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Where to go for the bests pints of Guinness in Dublin? Or when you're craving the ultimate sandwich? And what are the 5 stores you absolutely have to visit in Grafton street? Shane O'Reilly knows! With lots of love and enthusiasm he shares his 500 favourite places in his hometown, Dublin, like the wood panelled and plush club serving as a multi-purpose Arts Centre, Ireland's oldest reggae store, or the stunning and family-run delicatessen serving up delicious seafood right from the ocean half a mile away.

    It is the perfect book for those who wish to discover the city, but avoid all the usual tourist haunts, as well as for residents who are keen to track down the city's best-kept secrets.

    Imprint: LUSTER
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 500 HIDDEN SECRETS OF MADRID
    500 HIDDEN SECRETS OF MADRID
    NORDIN ANNA-CARIN
    ISBN: 9789460582066
    Title: 500 HIDDEN SECRETS OF MADRID
    Author: NORDIN ANNA-CARIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In The 500 Hidden Secrets of Madrid Anna-Carin Nordin presents 500 must-know addresses in the Spanish capital, such as the 5 trendiest but affordable restaurants, 5 shops with the coolest sunglasses, 5 places that are decorated by the new generation of Madrid's designers, 5 fun shops and events that pop up every year, or the 5 most curious streetnames... Madrid has so much to offer, and this guide helps you to choose where to start discovering this beautiful city.

    It is the perfect book for those who wish to discover the city, but avoid all the usual tourist haunts, as well as for residents who are keen to track down the city's best-kept secrets.

    Imprint: LUSTER
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 500 HIDDEN SECRETS OF ROME
    500 HIDDEN SECRETS OF ROME
    CRIGOLETTO LUISA
    ISBN: 9789460582059
    Title: 500 HIDDEN SECRETS OF ROME
    Author: CRIGOLETTO LUISA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The 500 Hidden Secrets of Rome helps you set out to discover the most attractive, fun and unique places in Italy's capital. Luisa Grigoletto and Christopher Livesay share 500 addresses and facts that many tourists don't know, sometimes off the beaten track, but always loved by the locals and worth a visit. This books lists, among other things, the 5 best gelaterias, the 5 most beautiful historic shops, 5 breathtaking palazzi which played an important role in art history and 5 sites where major Italian films were shot.

    It is the perfect book for those who wish to discover the city, but avoid all the usual tourist haunts, as well as for residents who are keen to track down the city's best-kept secrets.

    Imprint: LUSTER
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 60 DEGREES NORTH : AROUND THE WORLD IN SEARCH OF A HOME
    60 DEGREES NORTH : AROUND THE WORLD IN SEARCH OF A HOME
    TALLACK MALACHY
    ISBN: 9781846973420
    Title: 60 DEGREES NORTH : AROUND THE WORLD IN SEARCH OF A HOME
    Author: TALLACK MALACHY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    60 Degrees North is a story that we tell, both to ourselves and to others. It is a story about where - and perhaps also who - we are.'The sixtieth parallel marks a kind of borderland. It wraps itself around the lower reaches of Finland, Sweden and Norway; it crosses the tip of Greenland and of South-central Alaska; it cuts the great spaces of Russia and Canada in half. The parallel also passes through Shetland, at the very top of the British Isles. In 60 Degrees North, Malachy Tallack explores the places that share this latitude, beginning and ending in Shetland, where he has spent most of his life. The book focuses on the landscapes and natural environments of the parallel, and the way that people have interacted with those landscapes. It explores themes of wildness and community, of isolation and engagement, of exile and memory.

    Imprint: BIRLIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • A LA MOD : MY SO CALLED TRANQUIL LIFE IN RURAL FRANCE
    A LA MOD : MY SO CALLED TRANQUIL LIFE IN RURAL FRANCE
    MOORE IAN
    ISBN: 9781849533997
    Title: A LA MOD : MY SO CALLED TRANQUIL LIFE IN RURAL FRANCE
    Author: MOORE IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Three weeks into our hen ownership and there wasn't a single egg, there was nothing. Natalie's theory for this was that they were bored. Can hens be bored? Really? They're hens for Pete's sake; do they need to be stretched intellectually before they produce any eggs? What am I suppose to do, read them Chomsky? Comedian, mod and professional grump Ian Moore has had enough. Tired of being unable to park anywhere near his cramped house in a noisy town he doesn't like, he hatches a plan to move his wife and young son to a remote corner of the Loire Valley in search of serenity and space. Several tears later, Ian finds himself up to his neck in bilingual offspring, feral cats, promiscuous horses, dysfunctional spaniels and needy hens; he's wrestling with electric fences, a foreign language, a mountain of animal waste and a wife who collects livestock like there's a biblical flood on the horizon, all while trying not dirty his loafers. But despite the ups, downs and increasing demands of Ian's showbiz career, the Moore family persevere in true Brit style to create a unique, colourful and ultimately rewarding life in their new homea la campagne and a la mod!


    AUTHOR: Ian Moore is a stand-up comedian in the UK and a husband, father of three boys, farmhand and chutney maker in France. He is a mod in both walks of life and most of his time is spent travelling grumpily between the two.

    Imprint: SUMMERSDALE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AERIAL AUSTRALIA
    AERIAL AUSTRALIA
    RAINS NICK
    ISBN: 9781741175363
    Title: AERIAL AUSTRALIA
    Author: RAINS NICK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There's nothing like the thrill of looking out an aeroplane window and seeing the world from above.

    In Aerial Australia, Nick Rains' photographs reveal Australia as it's rarely seen, revealing a whole new side of its beauty. It offers sweeping views of Australia's cities; dramatic glimpses of its outback sand dunes and epic waterfalls; a new perspective on Australia's coral reefs and coastal fringes, and a new way of looking at Australia's countryside.

    These hundreds of stunning photographs turn industrial scenes and winding rivers into abstract art. This beautiful keepsake casts Australia's beauty in a whole new light.

    Imprint: EXPLORE
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AGE OF KALI : TRAVELS AND ENCOUNTERS IN INDIA
    AGE OF KALI : TRAVELS AND ENCOUNTERS IN INDIA
    DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780006547754
    Title: AGE OF KALI : TRAVELS AND ENCOUNTERS IN INDIA
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    William Dalrymple, who wrote so magically about India in 'City of Djinns', returns to the country in a series of remarkable essays. Featured in its pages are 15-year-old guerrilla girls and dowager Maharanis; flashy Bombay drinks parties and violent village blood feuds; a group of vegetarian terrorists intent on destroying India's first Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet; and a palace where port and cigars are still carried to guests on a miniature silver steam train. Dalrymple meets such figures as Imran Khan and Benazir Bhutto; he witnesses the macabre nightly offering to the bloodthirsty goddess Parashakti - She Who Is Seated on a Throne of Five Corpses; he experiences caste massacres in the badlands of Bihar and dines with a drug baron on the North-West Frontier; he discovers such oddities as the terrorist apes of Jaipur and the shrine where Lord Krishna is said to make love every night to his 16,108 wives and 64,732 milkmaids. 'The Age of Kali' is the fourth fascinating volume from the author of 'In Xanadu', 'City of Djinns' and 'From the Holy Mountain'.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALL STRANGERS ARE KIN : Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World
    ALL STRANGERS ARE KIN : Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World
    ONEILL ZORA
    ISBN: 9780547853185
    Title: ALL STRANGERS ARE KIN : Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World
    Author: ONEILL ZORA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A lively, often hilarious, and always warm hearted exploration of Arabic language and culture

    After years of studying Arabic, Zora O'Neill faced an increasing certainty that she was not only failing to master the language but was also driving herself crazy. So she stepped away. But a decade later she still couldn't shake her fascination with Arabic and returned to her studies, this time with a new approach.

    O'Neill embarks on a grand tour through the Middle East — to Egypt, the UAE, Lebanon, and Morocco — packing her dictionaries, her unsinkable sense of humour, and her talent for making fast friends of strangers. She travels along quiet, bougainvillea-lined streets and amid the lively buzz of crowded cities and medinas. She jumps off the tourist track, into families' homes and local hotspots, and makes a part of the world that is thousands of miles away seem right next door.

    With lively prose and an eye for the deeply absurd and the deeply human, O'Neill explores the indelible links between culture and communication. 'All Strangers Are Kin' is a powerful testament to the dynamism of language and how learning another tongue leaves you rich with so much more than words.

    Imprint: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN [USA]
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ALONE TIME : Four Seasons, Four Cities and the Pleasures of Solitude
    ALONE TIME : Four Seasons, Four Cities and the Pleasures of Solitude
    ROSENBLOOM STEPHANIE
    ISBN: 9780593076774
    Title: ALONE TIME : Four Seasons, Four Cities and the Pleasures of Solitude
    Author: ROSENBLOOM STEPHANIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2018 NEW RELEASE

    The average adult spends about a third of his or her waking time alone. Yet research suggests we aren't very good at using, never mind enjoying, alone time. Rising to the challenge, travel writer Stephanie Rosenbloom explores the joys and benefits of being alone in four mouth-watering journeys to the cities of Paris, Istanbul, Florence and New York, showing that being alone isn't something to endure - it's something to relish.



    Travelling with friends and family is usually thought of as a privilege. In theory, anyway. In practice, it's more often about debating which sights to see, panicking over diminishing phone batteries and bickering over what to eat. Not much joy in that. But alone you can do as you please. You can wander markets, relish silence, go to a park. Go to Paris. Why not?

    In Alone Time, New York Times travel columnist Stephanie Rosenbloom travels alone in four seasons to four remarkable cities - Paris, Istanbul, Florence and New York - exploring the sensory experience of solitude. Along the way she illuminates the psychological arguments for alone time, revealing that whether you recognize it or not, it's good to be alone now and then.

    This is a book about the pleasures and benefits of savouring the moment, examining things closely, using all your senses to take in your surroundings, whether travelling to faraway places or walking the streets of your own city. Through on-the-ground observations and anecdotes, and drawing on the thinking of artists, writers and innovators who have cherished solitude, Alone Time lays bare the magic of going solo.

    Imprint: BANTAM
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • AMERICAN JOURNEYS
    AMERICAN JOURNEYS
    WATSON DON
    ISBN: 9780143790990
    Title: AMERICAN JOURNEYS
    Author: WATSON DON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2018 NEW RELEASE

    A superb book about Don Watson's journeys around America. Featured as one of Newsweek's 50 'What to Read Now and Why' titles.

    Only in America - the most powerful democracy on earth, home to the best and worst of everything - are the most extreme contradictions possible. In a series of journeys acclaimed author Don Watson set out to explore the nation that has influenced him more than any other.

    Travelling by rail gave Watson a unique and seductive means of peering into the United States, a way to experience life with its citizens- long days with the American landscape and American towns and American history unfolding on the outside, while inside a tiny particle of the American people talked among themselves.

    Watson's experiences are profoundly affecting- he witnesses the terrible aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast; explores the savage history of the Deep South, the heartland of the Civil War; and journeys to the remarkable wilderness of Yellowstone National Park.

    Yet it is through the people he meets that Watson discovers the incomparable genius of America, its optimism, sophistication and riches - and also its darker side, its disavowal of failure and uncertainty.

    Beautifully written, with gentle power and sly humour, American Journeys investigates the meaning of the United States- its confidence, its religion, its heroes, its violence, and its material obsessions. The things that make America great are also its greatest flaws.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • APOSTLE : Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve
    APOSTLE : Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve
    BISSELL TOM
    ISBN: 9780571234752
    Title: APOSTLE : Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve
    Author: BISSELL TOM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In this profound and moving journey into the heart of Christianity past and present, Tom Bissell travels across the world to explore the lives and legacies of the Twelve Apostles.

    Peter, Matthew, Thomas, John: Who were these men and what was their relationship to Jesus? Tom Bissell gives us rich and deeply informed answers to those ancient questions.

    Written with warmth, humour, and a rare acumen, Apostle is a brilliant and exhaustive synthesis of travel writing, centuries of biblical history, and a deep lifelong relationship with Christianity. Bissell explores not just who these renowned and pious men were (and weren't), but how their identities have taken shape over two millennia.

    Bissell, in his search for this elusive set of truths, has traveled the world, visiting holy sites from Rome and Jerusalem to Turkey, India, and Kyrgyzstan, and he captures vividly the rich diversity of Christianity's global reach. Apostle is an unusual, erudite, and hilarious book, an intoxicating combination of religious, intellectual, and personal adventure.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ARABESQUES : A Tale of Double Lives
    ARABESQUES : A Tale of Double Lives
    DESSAIX ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781925589009
    Title: ARABESQUES : A Tale of Double Lives
    Author: DESSAIX ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One Sunday afternoon in a secluded valley in Normandy, Robert Dessaix chanced upon the castle where the 20th-century French writer André Gide spent his childhood. Recalling the excitement he felt when he first read Gide as a teenager, Dessaix sets off to recapture what it was that once drew him so strongly to this enigmatic figure.

    On a magic carpet ride from Lisbon to the edge of the Sahara, from Paris to the south of France and Algiers, he takes us to the places where the Nobel Prize winning author, in ways still scandalous to modern sensibilities, lived out his unconventional ideas about love, marriage, sexuality and religion.

    Imprint: XOUM
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ART OF FREE TRAVEL : A FRUGAL FAMILY ADVENTURE
    ART OF FREE TRAVEL : A FRUGAL FAMILY ADVENTURE
    JONES PATRICK
    ISBN: 9781742234434
    Title: ART OF FREE TRAVEL : A FRUGAL FAMILY ADVENTURE
    Author: JONES PATRICK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Patrick, Meg and their family had built a happy, sustainable life in regional Victoria. But in late 2013, they found themselves craving an adventure: a road trip.But theirs was a road trip with a difference. With Zephyr (10), Woody (1) and Zero their Jack Russell, they set off on an epic 6,000km year-long cycling journey along Australias east coast, from Daylesford to Cape York and back.Their aim was to live as cheaply as possible guerrilla camping, hunting, foraging and bartering their permaculture skills, and living on a diet of free food, bush tucker, and the occasional fresh road kill. They spent time in Aboriginal communities, joined an anti-fracking blockade, documented edible plants, and dodged speeding cars and trucks on the countrys most dangerous highways. The Art of Free Travel is the remarkable story of a rule-breaking year of ethical living.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ART OF TRAVEL
    ART OF TRAVEL
    DE BOTTON ALAIN
    ISBN: 9780241970065
    Title: ART OF TRAVEL
    Author: DE BOTTON ALAIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Art of Travel is Alain de Botton's travel guide with a difference. Few activities seem to promise us as much happiness as going travelling: taking off for somewhere else, somewhere far from home, a place with more interesting weather, customs and landscapes. But although we are inundated with advice on where to travel to, we seldom ask why we go and how we might become more fulfilled by doing so. With the help of a selection of writers, artists and thinkers - including Flaubert, Edward Hopper, Wordsworth and Van Gogh - Alain de Botton's bestselling The Art of Travel provides invaluable insights into everything from holiday romance to hotel mini-bars, airports to sight-seeing. The perfect antidote to those guides that tell us what to do when we get there, The Art of Travel tries to explain why we really went in the first place - and helpfully suggests how we might be happier on our journeys. "Richly evocative, sharp and funny. De Botton proves himself to be a very fine travel writer indeed". (Sunday Telegraph). "Delightful, profound, entertaining, I doubt if de Botton has written a dull sentence in his life' Jan Morris 'An elegant and subtle work, unlike any other. Beguiling". (Colin Thubron, The Times). Alain de Botton's bestselling books include Essays in Love; The Romantic Movement; Kiss and Tell; Status Anxiety; How Proust Can Change Your Life; The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work; The Art of Travel; The Architecture of Happiness and Religion for Atheists. He lives in London and founded The School of Life and Living Architecture.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • AT HOME IN JAPAN : A Foreign Woman's Journey of Discovery
    AT HOME IN JAPAN : A Foreign Woman's Journey of Discovery
    OTOWA REBECCA
    ISBN: 9780804848718
    Title: AT HOME IN JAPAN : A Foreign Woman's Journey of Discovery
    Author: OTOWA REBECCA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    What would it be like to move to Japan, leaving everyone you know behind, to become part of a traditional Japanese household? At Home in Japan tells an extraordinary true story of a foreign woman who goes through an amazing transformation, as she makes a move from a suburban lifestyle in California to a new life, living in Japan. She dedicates 30 years of her life as a housewife, custodian and chatelaine of a 350–year–old farmhouse in rural Japan. This astonishing book traces a circular path from were Rebecca began, to living under Japanese customs, from the basic day to day details of life in the house and village, through relationships with family, neighbors and the natural and supernatural entities with which the family shares the house.

    Imprint: TUTTLE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ATHOS : THE HOLY MOUNTAIN
    ATHOS : THE HOLY MOUNTAIN
    LOCH SYDNEY
    ISBN: 9781784537999
    Title: ATHOS : THE HOLY MOUNTAIN
    Author: LOCH SYDNEY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Athos, the Holy Mountain of Greece, is one of the most mysterious places in the world. A rugged pyramid that rises up from the Aegean Sea, the mountain is wreathed in myth, legend and ancient traditions that, to this day, remain largely hidden from view.


    The heart of Athos started to beat at the dawn of Christianity and its community lays claim to being the oldest democracy in the world. An entirely autonomous region of the Hellenic Republic, it is home to twenty Eastern Orthodox monasteries that cling to its rocky flanks. No women are allowed to set foot upon the peninsula and the monks who inhabit this isolated place still use the Julian calendar, living on ‘Byzantine Time’, where each day starts at sunset. While living in the mountain’s shadow, in Ouranopolis, Sydney Loch spent many years exploring Athos, and here he paints an enthralling portrait of the Holy Mountain.

    Imprint: I B TAURIS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
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