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  • 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
  • ARCTIC DREAMS
    ARCTIC DREAMS
    LOPEZ BARRY
    ISBN: 9780099583455
    Title: ARCTIC DREAMS
    Author: LOPEZ BARRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Lopez's journey across our frozen planet is a celebration of the Arctic in all its guises. A hostile landscape of ice, freezing oceans and dazzling skyscapes. Home to millions of diverse animals and people. The stage to massive migrations by land, sea and air. The setting of epic exploratory voyages.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET? : 8000 MISGUIDED MILES ROUND BRITAIN IN A VAUXHALL ASTRA
    ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET? : 8000 MISGUIDED MILES ROUND BRITAIN IN A VAUXHALL ASTRA
    HATCH BEN
    ISBN: 9781849531559
    Title: ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET? : 8000 MISGUIDED MILES ROUND BRITAIN IN A VAUXHALL ASTRA
    Author: HATCH BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The number one non-fiction read that made John Cleese and Danny Wallace laugh and Terry Wogan and Richard Briers cry. If you think writing a guidebook is easy, think again...A family's 8,000 miles round Britain in a Vauxhall Astra they were bored, broke, burned out and turning 40, so when Ben and Dinah saw the advert looking for a husband and wife team with young kids to write a guidebook about family travel around Britain, they jumped at the chance. With naive visions of staring moodily across Coniston Water and savouring Cornish pasties, they embark on a mad-cap five-month trip with daughter Phoebe, four, and son Charlie, two, embracing the freedom of the open road with a spirit of discovery and an industrial supply of baby wipes.

    Imprint: SUMMERSDALE
    RRP: $18.95

    Price: $18.95
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • ATLAS OBSCURA : An Explorer's Guide to the World's Most Unusual Places
    ATLAS OBSCURA : An Explorer's Guide to the World's Most Unusual Places
    FOER JOSHUA ET AL
    ISBN: 9780761169086
    Title: ATLAS OBSCURA : An Explorer's Guide to the World's Most Unusual Places
    Author: FOER JOSHUA ET AL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.

    Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders—the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England.

    Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer.

    Anyone can be a tourist. ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer.

    Imprint: WORKMAN PRESS
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • ATLAS OF ADVENTURE
    ATLAS OF ADVENTURE
    ISBN: 9781786577597
    Title: ATLAS OF ADVENTURE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Don't just walk on the wild side - hike, climb, cycle, surf and even parachute. This encyclopedia for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies features the best outdoor experiences, country-by-country, across the world - making it the ultimate introduction to an exciting new world of adventure.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ATLAS OF UNTAMED PLACES
    ATLAS OF UNTAMED PLACES
    FITCH CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781781316771
    Title: ATLAS OF UNTAMED PLACES
    Author: FITCH CHRIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a world that has increasingly become tamed by human activity, the true wild holds a growing mysticism. Rugged landscapes with unspoilt scenery invoke romantic visions of paradise, but there are also intense and powerful wildernesses that produce fear and awe alike and unexplored zones where feral wildlife roams in the shadows.

    Chris Fitch takes you on a journey through the world's most wild places, visiting immensely diverse floral kingdoms, remote jungles abundant with exotic birds, and both freezing cold and scorching hot inhospitable environments. From these natural havens we travel to the extreme and the incredible: lightening inducing lakes, acidic mud baths, and man-eating tiger kingdoms. As well as those wildernesses being reclaimed by nature, such as Chernobyl, that after being left abandoned for years has returned to a natural wild habitat, free from human intervention. Not forgetting those most bizarre of destinations, such as the tidal surges of the Qiantang River, the bridge to Modo Island that emerges from the sea, and the strange magnetic pull of Jubuka rock.

    With beautiful maps and stunning photography, An Atlas of Untamed Places is an intrepid voyage to nature's most unusual, unpredictable, and extraordinarily wild destinations.

    Imprint: AURUM PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BARCELONA
    BARCELONA
    HUGHES ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781860468247
    Title: BARCELONA
    Author: HUGHES ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Robert Hughes has been visiting Barcelona since the 1960s and he has written an epic tribute to a city he loves. He tells the story of the growth of this Mediterranean metropolis from its origins as a Roman colonial town to the twentieth century, examining its relationship to the rest of Catalunya, to Spain and to the wider European world. Much of Barcelona's history is reflected in its architecture and Hughes builds his history around the stones of the city but his account is also rich in political and military drama and the actions of remarkable personalities. He introduces the reader to Barcelona's painting, poetry, folklore, language, food and much more. He also addresses the paradoxical question of Catalan identity, a people simultaneously so Spanish and yet so un-Spanish. Hughes's Barcelona has become, as it deserves to be, the standard work on the city in English.

    Imprint: HARVILL
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEAST : RIDING THE RAILS AND DODGING NARCOS ON THE MIGRANT TRAIL
    BEAST : RIDING THE RAILS AND DODGING NARCOS ON THE MIGRANT TRAIL
    MARTINEZ OSCAR
    ISBN: 9781781682975
    Title: BEAST : RIDING THE RAILS AND DODGING NARCOS ON THE MIGRANT TRAIL
    Author: MARTINEZ OSCAR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One day a couple of years ago, 300 migrants were kidnapped between the remote, dusty border towns of Altar, Mexico, and Sasabe, Arizona. Over half of them were never heard from again.

    Oscar Martinez, a young writer from El Salvador, was in Altar at the time of the abduction, and his story of the migrant disappearances is only one of the harrowing stories he tells after spending two years traveling up and down the migrant trail from Central America to the US border.

    More than a quarter of a million Central Americans make this increasingly dangerous journey each year, and last year 18,000 of them were kidnapped. Martinez writes in beautiful, lyrical prose about clinging to the tops of freight trains; finding respite, work and hardship in shelters and brothels; and riding shotgun with the border patrol. Here is the first book to illuminate this harsh mass migration in the age of the narcotraficantes.

    'The Beast is extraordinary, first, for the courage that Martinez summoned to write it; and, second, for the hidden lives he reveals. No other writer has got this close to a migration that Amnesty International estimates left 70,000 unaccounted for between 2006 and 2012. Read together, the vivid personal stories told here have the force of a novel' Financial Times

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BEAUTIFUL WORLD : SUBLIME PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE WORLDS MOST MAGNIFICENT SPECTACLES
    BEAUTIFUL WORLD : SUBLIME PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE WORLDS MOST MAGNIFICENT SPECTACLES
    ISBN: 9781743607879
    Title: BEAUTIFUL WORLD : SUBLIME PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE WORLDS MOST MAGNIFICENT SPECTACLES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Journey to the planet's most magnificent places and see the world as you've never seen it before through the lenses of Lonely Planet, the world's leading travel guide publisher. Forty years of passion and experience has been poured into this thought-provoking portrait of our beautiful world.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BEST OF DOISNEAU : PARIS
    BEST OF DOISNEAU : PARIS
    DOISNEAU ROBERT
    ISBN: 9782080202178
    Title: BEST OF DOISNEAU : PARIS
    Author: DOISNEAU ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The author's playful approach to capturing Parisian street scenes on camera earned him recognition as one of the twentieth centurys most important photographers. In this volume, he leads us on an entrancing tour into Parisian gardens, along the Seine, and through crowds of Parisians.

    Imprint: FLAMMARION
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
    BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
    ISBN: 9781760340629
    Title: BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Lonely Planet's The Best Things in Life are Free is packed full of money-saving tips, tricks and recommendations for the best-value sights and experiences around the world. From parks, museums and exercise classes that are free, to insider ideas on food and experiences offered at great value, this book features over 60 major cities around the world and promises to help any traveller on a budget to make the most of their trip. Includes parks and gardens, street markets and food trucks, viewing points, museums and galleries, free experiences, spectator sports, city beaches, and much more. For many, free and cheap things are not only appealing but essential for stretching the funds to last as long as possible for an extended journey. Yet, even on a short trip, many unforgettable blasts of freedom and discovery can happen on a thin budget. You quickly realise that cheap can mean much, much better. No fancy Roman trattoria dinner can truly rival the bread and cheese picnic in Villa Celimontana, a short walk from the Colosseum, on a visit to the Eternal City. Needless to say, the monetary value implied in the term 'free' can misrepresent what's on offer within these pages. The quality of an experience, after all, is not always attached to a price tag, such as the priceless experience of unearthing the world's secret wonders, whether that's swimming around Sydney's ocean pools or strolling the tombs and monuments of Delhi's Lodi Gardens. Additionally, it's an exaggeration to say that everything good is 100% free, so you'll find plenty of excellent value cheap things to experience throughout this book as well. Dip into your spare change for classy street food like a choripn (chorizo sandwich) in Buenos Aires, the best views of Hong Kong's skyline from the Star Ferry and a Boston brewery tour. After using the tips in this book, you'll be left with great memories, a happier you and a grateful wallet.Happy travels! Destinations covered: AFRICA Cape Town Marrakesh ASIA Bangkok Beijing Beirut Delhi Dubai Hong Kong Mumbai Shanghai Singapore Tokyo EUROPE Amsterdam Athens Barcelona Berlin Bruges Budapest Copenhagen Dublin Edinburgh Geneva Helsinki Istanbul Lisbon London Madrid Milan Moscow Oslo Paris Prague Reykjavik Rome Stockholm Venice Vienna NORTH AMERICA Austin Boston The Caribbean Chicago Detroit Las Vegas Los Angeles Miami New Orleans New York City Portland, OR San Diego San Francisco Seattle Toronto Vancouver Washington, DC SOUTH AMERICA Bogota Buenos Aires San Salvador Lima Rio de Janeiro Sao Paulo OCEANIA Brisbane Melbourne North Island, NZ South Island, NZ Sydney About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BETTER THAN FICTION : True Travel Tales from Great Fiction Writers
    BETTER THAN FICTION : True Travel Tales from Great Fiction Writers
    GEORGE DON [ED]
    ISBN: 9781787012660
    Title: BETTER THAN FICTION : True Travel Tales from Great Fiction Writers
    Author: GEORGE DON [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE



    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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