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  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • A-Z OF WILDLIFE WATCHING
    A-Z OF WILDLIFE WATCHING
    ISBN: 9781787014312
    Title: A-Z OF WILDLIFE WATCHING
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2018 NEW RELEAS


    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    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 MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE
    BEST MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE
    ISBN: 9781787013575
    Title: BEST MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Familiar faces from the world of travel, plus Lonely Planet writers, share their most remarkable, poignant and memorable experiences from the road. This collection of inspiring tales will encourage you to think a little differently about the world and the transformative power of travel. Features practical details to help you recreate each life-affirming experience.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • BETWEEN THE WOODS AND THE WATER   #2
    BETWEEN THE WOODS AND THE WATER #2
    FERMOR PATRICK LEIGH
    ISBN: 9780719566967
    Title: BETWEEN THE WOODS AND THE WATER #2
    Author: FERMOR PATRICK LEIGH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The acclaimed travel writer's youthful journey - as an 18-year-old - across 1930s Europe by foot began in A TIME OF GIFTS, which covered the author's exacting journey from the Lowlands as far as Hungary. Picking up from the very spot on a bridge across the Danube where his readers last saw him, we travel on with him across the great Hungarian Plain on horseback, and over the Romanian border to Transylvania. The trip was an exploration of a continent which was already showing signs of the holocaust which was to come. Although frequently praised for his lyrical writing, Fermor's account also provides a coherent understanding of the dramatic events then unfolding in Middle Europe. But the delight remains in travelling with him in his picaresque journey past remote castles, mountain villages, monasteries and towering ranges. Although BETWEEN THE WOODS AND THE WATER was published nine years after A TIME OF GIFTS, Fermor is famously still at work on the concluding part of his trilogy.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEYOND THE MAP : Unruly enclaves, ghostly places, emerging lands and our search for new utopias
    BEYOND THE MAP : Unruly enclaves, ghostly places, emerging lands and our search for new utopias
    BONNETT ALASTAIR
    ISBN: 9781781318034
    Title: BEYOND THE MAP : Unruly enclaves, ghostly places, emerging lands and our search for new utopias
    Author: BONNETT ALASTAIR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A follow on from the critically acclaimed Off the Map, this is a timely and fascinating discussion of place, ownership and ideas of state.

    Geography is getting stranger. Out there, fleets of new islands are under construction and micro-nations are struggling into the light. As new borders and boundaries ebb and flow with increasing speed, it feels as if our old maps are being discarded, redrawn or torn up.
    Alastair Bonnett uncovers the stories of thirty-nine extraordinary places, each of which challenges us to re-imagine the world around us. From emerging islands, disruptive enclaves and bold utopian visions to uncanny ruins, ghostly tunnels and hidden landscapes – these are destinations that lie beyond ordinary coordinates.

    Imprint: AURUM PRESS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BIG PIG LITTLE PIG : A Year on a Smallholding in South-West France
    BIG PIG LITTLE PIG : A Year on a Smallholding in South-West France
    YALLOP JACQUELINE
    ISBN: 9780241977156
    Title: BIG PIG LITTLE PIG : A Year on a Smallholding in South-West France
    Author: YALLOP JACQUELINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A life-affirming memoir revelling in the comic, fond and enduring entanglement of people, animals and places.

    On her fortieth birthday Jacqueline Yallop built a pig sty in rural south-west France. She and her husband Ed had decided to turn their Aveyron cottage and garden into a small holding. They bought two pigs - Big and Little - to rear and slaughter. The locals were full of advice, and with just a small amount of plastic poles and metallic string and some new Wellington boots, they were off.

    They will cultivate the land. They will raise, then kill and eat their pigs. Or so they keep telling themselves. Because the reality is so very different from the romantic dreams of two stubborn English writers . . .

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BOATMAN : AN INDIAN LOVE STORY
    BOATMAN : AN INDIAN LOVE STORY
    BURBIDGE JOHN
    ISBN: 9781921924804
    Title: BOATMAN : AN INDIAN LOVE STORY
    Author: BURBIDGE JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The six years John Burbidge spent in India as a community development worker changed him in many ways, but one stands out from all the rest. It led him to confront a deeply personal secrethis attraction to his own sex. After taking the plunge with masseurs on a Bombay beach, he found himself on a rollercoaster ride of sexual adventuring. A complicating factor in his journey of self-discovery was the tightly knit community in which he lived and worked, with its highly regimented schedule and minimal privacy that forced him to live a double life.Written with passion, integrity and humour, The Boatman is packed with incident, anecdote, adventure and above all, real and memorable people. Burbidge takes hold of India as few have done before, deftly interweaving the search for selfhood with an intimate exploration of Indian life and society. His story shows us how, when we dare to immerse ourselves in a culture radically different from our own, we may discover parts of ourselves we never knew existed.

    Imprint: TRANSIT LOUNGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BONNES VACANCES : A CRAZY FAMILY ADVENTURE IN THE FRENCH TERRITORIES
    BONNES VACANCES : A CRAZY FAMILY ADVENTURE IN THE FRENCH TERRITORIES
    MILLARD ROSIE
    ISBN: 9781849531498
    Title: BONNES VACANCES : A CRAZY FAMILY ADVENTURE IN THE FRENCH TERRITORIES
    Author: MILLARD ROSIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Looks like not many tourists visit St Pierre et Miquelon,' I mutter excitedly to Pip. 'That is why this trip is going to be so brilliant.' He looks at me questioningly. I am distracted by Gabriel's unusually pallid face. 'Oh my God, he's going to be sick.' Rosie set out on a tour of the French Overseas Departments and Territories (the 'Dom- Toms') with her husband and four young children, partly to make a documentary series but also to show the children it is possible to survive fourteen weeks without Hannah Montana. From Martinique to Reunion, crossing five continents, they eat stewed iguana, 400 croissants and - since the budget is small - copious amounts of Campbell's soup.
    Candid, darkly humorous and slightly mad, cut with a dash of French history, this memoir offers insights, amusement and hope for anyone who has ever travelled en famille.

    Imprint: SUMMERSDALE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BORDER : A Journey to the Edge of Europe
    BORDER : A Journey to the Edge of Europe
    KASSABOVA KAPKA
    ISBN: 9781783783205
    Title: BORDER : A Journey to the Edge of Europe
    Author: KASSABOVA KAPKA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the most celebrated books of the year: a vivid journey through the haunted borderlands that once made up the easternmost stretch of the old Iron Curtain and today mark the outer reaches of Europe.

    When Kapka Kassabova was a child, the borderzone between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece was rumoured to be an easier crossing point into the West than the Berlin Wall so it swarmed with soldiers, spies and fugitives. On holidays close to the border on the Black Sea coast, she remembers playing on the beach, only miles from where an electrified fence bristled, its barbs pointing inwards toward the enemy: the holiday-makers, the potential escapees.

    Today, this densely forested landscape is no longer heavily militarised, but it is scarred by its past. In Border, Kapka Kassabova sets out on a journey to meet the people of this triple border - Bulgarians, Turks, Greeks, and the latest wave of refugees fleeing conflict further afield. She discovers a region that has been shaped by the successive forces of history: by its own past migration crises, by communism, by two World wars, by the Ottoman Empire, and - older still - by the ancient legacy of myths and legends. As Kapka Kassabova explores this enigmatic region in the company of border guards and treasure hunters, entrepreneurs and botanists, psychic healers and ritual fire-walkers, refugees and smugglers, she traces the physical and psychological borders that criss-cross its villages and mountains, and goes in search of the stories that will unlock its secrets.

    Border is a sharply observed portrait of a little-known corner of Europe, and a fascinating meditation on the borderlines that exist between countries, between cultures, between people, and within each of us.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BRAVE NEW WORLD REVISITED
    BRAVE NEW WORLD REVISITED
    HUXLEY ALDOUS
    ISBN: 9780099458234
    Title: BRAVE NEW WORLD REVISITED
    Author: HUXLEY ALDOUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In his 1932 classic dystopian novel, Brave New World, Aldous Huxley depicted a future society in thrall to science and regulated by sophisticated methods of social control.Nearly thirty years later in Brave New World Revisited, Huxley checked the progress of his prophecies against reality and argued that many of his fictional fantasies had grown uncomfortably close to the truth.Brave New World Revisited includes Huxley's views on overpopulation, propaganda, advertising and government control, and is an urgent and powerful appeal for the defence of individualism still alarmingly relevant today.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
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