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  • 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: 9781783782147
    Title: BORDER : A Journey to the Edge of Europe
    Author: KASSABOVA KAPKA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From a multi-award-winning author, 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 through a hidden corner of the continent, and meets the people of this triple border -- Bulgarians, Turks, Greeks, indigenous Balkan Muslims, 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 Nazi occupation, by the Ottoman Empire, and - older still - by the ancient legacy of myths and legends. But there seem to be non-human forces at work here too: it is a land rich with curative springs and Thracian tombs; home to psychic healers and Europe's last fire- worshippers.

    As Kapka Kassabova explores this enigmatic region in the company of border guards and treasure hunters, entrepreneurs and botanists, 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.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • 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
  • BROKEN ROAD : FROM THE IRON GATES TO MOUNT ATHOS
    BROKEN ROAD : FROM THE IRON GATES TO MOUNT ATHOS
    FERMOR PATRICK LEIGH
    ISBN: 9781848547544
    Title: BROKEN ROAD : FROM THE IRON GATES TO MOUNT ATHOS
    Author: FERMOR PATRICK LEIGH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water were the first two volumes in a projected trilogy that would describe the walk that Patrick Leigh Fermor undertook at the age of eighteen from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople.

    'When are you going to finish Vol. III? ' was the cry from his fans; but although he wished he could, the words refused to come. The curious thing was that he had not only written an early draft of the last part of the walk, but that it predated the other two. It remains unfinished but The Broken Road - edited and introduced by Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper - completes an extraordinary journey.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BUDAPEST :  City of Music
    BUDAPEST : City of Music
    CLAPTON NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9781909961364
    Title: BUDAPEST : City of Music
    Author: CLAPTON NICHOLAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: FEBRUARY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Singer Nicholas Clapton first visited Budapest to record a recently discovered mass by an almost unknown eighteenth-century Hungarian composer. There, he discovered a striking sense of otherness in spite of Hungary's central geographical and cultural position within Europe. And with that, a deep passion for the city was born. Budapest offers an engaging and affectionate look at this beautiful capital from the perspective of a musician who lived and worked there for many years.


    With rich musical traditions, both classical and folk, and possessing a language like almost no other, Hungary is in the process of abandoning the trappings of its communist past while attempting to preserve its culture from creeping globalization. Clapton delights in the fact that certain old-fashioned attitudes of courtesy, at times stemming from the very structures of the Magyar tongue, are still deeply ingrained in Hungarian society. At the same time, despite its association with world-famous composers such as Bartók, Liszt, and Kodály, music is far from an activity enjoyed only by the elite. Including plenty of tips on food, drink, and sites of interest, Budapest describes the capital in uniquely melodic terms and will delight lovers of travel and music alike.

    Imprint: HAUS PUBLISHING
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • BY THE SEAT OF MY PANTS
    BY THE SEAT OF MY PANTS
    GEORGE DON [ED]
    ISBN: 9781786571915
    Title: BY THE SEAT OF MY PANTS
    Author: GEORGE DON [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Lonely Planet knows that some of life's funniest experiences happen on the road. Whether they take the form of unexpected detours, unintended adventures, unidentifiable dinners or unforgettable encounters, they can give birth to our most found travel lessons, and our most memorable - and hilarious - travel stories.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CADENCE : TRAVELS WITH MUSIC - A MEMOIR
    CADENCE : TRAVELS WITH MUSIC - A MEMOIR
    AYRES EMMA
    ISBN: 9780733331893
    Title: CADENCE : TRAVELS WITH MUSIC - A MEMOIR
    Author: AYRES EMMA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Memoir, intercontinental cycling adventure, music guide, Cadence is the debut book by ABC Classic FM's Emma Ayres.

    Accompanied by Vita, her steadfast bicycle, and her violin, Aurelia, Emma Ayres cycles her way from England to Hong Kong. But this is also a journey through the keys - and the music that has inspired, shaped and provided refuge for Emma: Beethoven quartets, Mahler symphonies, Brahms sonatas, Bach suites ...

    It is a book of questions too: How does the instrument you play reveal who you are as a person?
    Should you tell the serious Pakistani chap who has just welcomed you into the men's quarters of his house that you're not quite who he thinks you are...?

    Provocative, intelligent, surprising and funny, Cadence is a delight from one of Australia's best-loved broadcasters.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CALL OF THE WHITE : TAKING THE WORLD TO THE SOUTH POLE
    CALL OF THE WHITE : TAKING THE WORLD TO THE SOUTH POLE
    ASTON FELICITY
    ISBN: 9781849531344
    Title: CALL OF THE WHITE : TAKING THE WORLD TO THE SOUTH POLE
    Author: ASTON FELICITY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Eight Women, One Unique Expedition
    Could YOU ski to the South Pole?

    That was the challenge that British adventurer Felicity Aston put to women from around the Commonwealth, as she set out to create the most international all-female expedition ever to the Pole. The team would not be experienced explorers but 'ordinary' women who wanted to inspire others to follow their dreams. She received more than 800 applications. ‘What is skiing?' asked someone in Ghana. At the close of 2009, Felicity led a team from places as diverse as Jamaica, India, Singapore and Cyprus – some of whom had never even seen snow or spent the night in a tent before joining the expedition – on one of the toughest journeys on the planet.

    Eighty-mile-an-hour winds ripped through base camp; frostbite and injuries were an everyday occurrence; deadly crevasses cracked beneath their feet. But they also shared beliefs, ideas, philosophies – and laughter.

    Imprint: SUMMERSDALE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CEST MODNIFIQUE : ADVENTURES OF AN ENGLISH GRUMP IN RURAL FRANCE
    CEST MODNIFIQUE : ADVENTURES OF AN ENGLISH GRUMP IN RURAL FRANCE
    MOORE IAN
    ISBN: 9781849536219
    Title: CEST MODNIFIQUE : ADVENTURES OF AN ENGLISH GRUMP IN RURAL FRANCE
    Author: MOORE IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After six years in the idyllic Loire Valley, comedian Ian Moore, his family and their ever-expanding menagerie feel like they're on the cusp of the peace and tranquillity they hoped for when they moved from dreary suburban England. Their grand project, a writing school called Les Champs Creatifs, is finally complete - only, nobody's signed up.

    Imprint: SUMMERSDALE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CHASING EL DORADO : A SOUTH AMERICAN ADENTURE
    CHASING EL DORADO : A SOUTH AMERICAN ADENTURE
    SMITH AARON
    ISBN: 9781921924767
    Title: CHASING EL DORADO : A SOUTH AMERICAN ADENTURE
    Author: SMITH AARON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Get ready for a risk-taking rollercoaster ride through the favelas of Rio Di Janeiro and the wayside towns and jungles of South America in search of the secrets of shamans and ayahuasca the vine of the soul. Aaron Smiths often hilarious chronicle of love, danger and enlightenment, set in the one of most vibrant places on earth, is a true delight.

    Whether Aaron is being held at gunpoint in Rio, stranded on the Amazon River; interviewing musician Peter Gabriel for The Iquitos Times, dancing the samba at Carnival with the 60 Minutes team, undergoing initiation as a Matss warrior, tripping the light fantastic, or falling in love with his beautiful Brazilian wife-to-be, you are bound to experience, along with him, more than a glimmer of gold. Like William Burroughs before him, Smith is on a journey to save his soul, but instead falls headfirst into the rich kaleidoscope of South American culture and ultimately discovers the truth that lies deep in the jungle or, sometimes, even closer to home.


    Praise for Aarons previous book, Shanti Bloody Shanti: An Indian Odyssey.

    The narrative of this spiritual quest/drug-fuelled odyssey is striking and even lyrical, and the tension builds rapidly to a haunting end. Ravi Shenoy, Library Journal Smith's tale is part travelogue, part psychedelic journey, part coming-of-age, and strangely engrossing. Publishers Weekly

    Imprint: TRANSIT LOUNGE
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • CHORUS OF COCKERELS : WALKING ON THE WILD SIDE IN MALLORCA
    CHORUS OF COCKERELS : WALKING ON THE WILD SIDE IN MALLORCA
    NICHOLAS ANNA
    ISBN: 9781849538374
    Title: CHORUS OF COCKERELS : WALKING ON THE WILD SIDE IN MALLORCA
    Author: NICHOLAS ANNA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: AUGUST 2016 NEW RELEASE

    When Anna's PR agency in London is merged, she finds herself with more time to explore the culture and history of the island that she calls home (along with her 40 hens and cockerels, cats, frogs, donkeys and Johnny the Toad).

    With a colourful cast of characters, A Chorus of Cockerels reveals that there's never a dull moment in Mallorca.

    Imprint: SUMMERSDALE
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • CITY OF DJINNS : A YEAR IN DELHI
    CITY OF DJINNS : A YEAR IN DELHI
    DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780006375951
    Title: CITY OF DJINNS : A YEAR IN DELHI
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Could you show me a djinn?' I asked. 'Certainly,' replied the Sufi. 'But you would run away.' From the author of the Samuel Johnson prize shortlisted 'The Return of a King', this is William Dalrymple's captivating memoir of a year spent in Delhi, a city watched over and protected by the mischievous invisible djinns. Lodging with the beady-eyed Mrs Puri and encountering an extraordinary array of characters - from elusive eunuchs to the last remnants of the Raj - William Dalrymple comes to know the bewildering city intimately. He pursues Delhi's interlacing layers of history along narrow alleys and broad boulevards, brilliantly conveying its intoxicating mix of mysticism and mayhem. 'City of Djinns' is an astonishing and sensitive portrait of a city, and confirms William Dalrymple as one of the most compelling explorers of India's past and present.

    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • COAST TO COAST : A FAMILY WALK ACROSS INDIA
    COAST TO COAST : A FAMILY WALK ACROSS INDIA
    PETRUCCO NICK
    ISBN: 9781743054246
    Title: COAST TO COAST : A FAMILY WALK ACROSS INDIA
    Author: PETRUCCO NICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ten family members covering three generations (including five children under the age of thirteen) left their comfortable lives in Australia to walk across India, from west to east, a journey of over 800 kilometres. Walking the roads and paths of rural and urban southern India, they immersed themselves in the sights, smells and sounds of this rich and colourful country. Supported by ChildFund Australia, they aimed to raise money and awareness of the plight of children and their families in some of the poorest regions of the world. 'Coast to Coast' tells how they achieved this and so much more and inspired others to seek their own extraordinary family adventure.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • COLOSSUS OF MAROUSSI
    COLOSSUS OF MAROUSSI
    MILLER HENRY
    ISBN: 9780141980546
    Title: COLOSSUS OF MAROUSSI
    Author: MILLER HENRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'Out of the sea, as if Homer himself had arranged it for me, the islands bobbed up, lonely, deserted, mysterious in the fading light'

    Enraptured by a young woman's account of the landscapes of Greece, Henry Miller set off to explore the Grecian countryside with his friend Lawrence Durrell in 1939. In The Colossus of Maroussi he describes drinking from sacred springs, nearly being trampled to death by sheep and encountering the flamboyant Greek poet Katsumbalis, who 'could galvanize the dead with his talk'. This lyrical classic of travel writing represented an epiphany in Miller's life, and is the book he would later cite as his favourite.

    'One of the five greatest travel books of all time.' Pico Iyer



    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $26.99
    Price: $26.99
  • COMING INTO THE COUNTRY : TRAVELS IN ALASKA
    COMING INTO THE COUNTRY : TRAVELS IN ALASKA
    MCPHEE JOHN
    ISBN: 9781907970726
    Title: COMING INTO THE COUNTRY : TRAVELS IN ALASKA
    Author: MCPHEE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Plunge into the wild climate of unknown Alaska in this riveting travel account.


    In this astutely observed travel account, Pulitzer Prize-winner John McPhee plunges into the wild frontiers and frigid climate of Alaska - exploring the varied regions and people of this Northern US state. Travelling by foot and canoe, McPhee moves from urban landscape to the remote Alaskan bush, drawing a rich and comprehensive history of a vast land and its inhabitants. With his keen eye and poetic sensibility leading the way, we paddle with McPhee through the salmon-filled waters of the Brooks Range Rivers, meet a young chief of the Athapaskan tribe, and become well-acquainted with the habits of the barren-ground grizzly bear. We encounter settlers and discover the deeply held dreams that drive them to survive in one of the most remote regions on earth. McPhee is a master storyteller and a curious adventurer and Coming into the Country is his journey into the wild.

    Imprint: DAUNT BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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