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  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • CITIES BOOK
    CITIES BOOK
    ISBN: 9781786577580
    Title: CITIES BOOK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Lonely Planet's bestselling The Cities Book is back. Fully revised and updated, it's a celebration of 200 of the world's great cities, beautifully photographed and packed with trip advice and recommendations from our experts - making it the perfect companion for any traveller deciding where to visit next.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $80.00

    Price: $80.00
  • 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
  • CLIMBING DAYS
    CLIMBING DAYS
    RICHARDS DAN
    ISBN: 9780571311934
    Title: CLIMBING DAYS
    Author: RICHARDS DAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Climbing Days, Dan Richards is on the trail of his great-great-aunt, Dorothy Pilley, a prominent and pioneering mountaineer of the early twentieth century. For years, Dorothy and her husband, I. A. Richards, remained mysterious to Dan, but the chance discovery of her 1935 memoir, Climbing Days, leads him on a journey. Perhaps, in the mountains, he can meet them halfway?

    Following in the pair's footholds, Dan begins to travel and climb across Europe, using Dorothy's book as a guide. Learning the ropes in Wales and Scotland, scrambling in the Lake District, scaling summits in Spain and Switzerland, he closes in on the serrate pinnacle of Ivor and Dorothy's climbing lives, the mighty Dent Blanche in the high Alps of Valais.

    What emerges is a beautiful portrait of a trailblazing woman, up to now lost to history - but also a book about that eternal question: why do people climb mountains?

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • COAST TASMANIA : SEASCAPES FROM THE ROARING FORTIES
    COAST TASMANIA : SEASCAPES FROM THE ROARING FORTIES
    WILSON ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780992303686
    Title: COAST TASMANIA : SEASCAPES FROM THE ROARING FORTIES
    Author: WILSON ANDREW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Andrew Wilson has an eye for the dramatic and this is a very fresh pictorial portrait of Tasmania. There are extreme wilderness spots reached only by sea and some others of inhabited and favorite recreational areas, but all of them show the beauty and the extremes brought about by being in the path of the roaring forties.

    Andrew Wilson is fast being recognised as the preeminent contemporary Tasmanian photographer and this book supports and enhances that claim.

    Imprint: DIRECT FROM SUPPLIER
    RRP: $79.95

    Price: $79.95
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • COUCHSURFING IN IRAN : Revealing a Hidden World
    COUCHSURFING IN IRAN : Revealing a Hidden World
    ORTH STEPHAN
    ISBN: 9781760640224
    Title: COUCHSURFING IN IRAN : Revealing a Hidden World
    Author: ORTH STEPHAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Couchsurfing in Iran, award-winning author Stephan Orth spends sixty-two days on the road in this mysterious Islamic republic to provide a revealing behind-the-scenes look at life in one of the world's most closed societies. Through the unsurpassed hospitality of twenty-two hosts, he skips the guidebooks and tourist attractions and travels from Persian carpet to bed to cot, covering more than 8,400 kilometres to recount “this world's hidden doings.” Experiencing daily what he calls the “two Irans” that coexist side by side–the “theocracy, where people mourn their martyrs” in mausoleums, and the “hide-and-seek-ocracy, where people hold secret parties and seek worldly thrills instead of spiritual bliss”–he learns that Iranians have become experts in navigating around their country's strict laws.

    Though couchsurfing is officially prohibited in Iran–the state fears spies would be able to travel undetected through the country–more that a hundred thousand Iranians are registered with online couchsurfing portals. And thanks to these hospitable. English-speaking strangers, Orth gets up close and personal with locals, peering behind closed doors and blank windows to uncover the inner workings of a country where public sho and private reality are strikingly opposed.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CULTURE TRAILS
    CULTURE TRAILS
    ISBN: 9781786579683
    Title: CULTURE TRAILS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Hemingway's Cuba, jazz in New Orleans, the Italian Renaissance: whether it's art, music, literature or cinema, there's something for everyone in this follow-up to Wine Trails and Food Trails. We present ideas and itineraries for 52 weekends of culture heaven, packed with expert recommendations, maps and advice on how to get there and where to stay. We've searched the globe to find 52 cultural enclaves where the arts have had a profound, lasting impact and local culture is being protected and nurtured; where old customs hold true and new ones are being forged; and where the past is melding with the future in fascinating ways.

    Highlights include: Aboriginal art in Australia's Northern Territory On a classical high in Vienna Confronting Soviet ghosts in Bulgaria Exploring a Latin American literary legacy Myths and legends of old Hong Kong Discovering Havana's music scene Copenhagen's design and urban environment Oxford's storytellers Ancient religion of Ethiopia Finnish sauna culture Picasso on the Riviera Walking in the footsteps of Vikings Rajasthan's open-air art galleries Medici Florence Bob Marley reggae trail Taiwanese folklore reimagined Vintage Hollywood Deep South blues trail

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • DANUBE
    DANUBE
    MAGRIS CLAUDIO
    ISBN: 9781784871314
    Title: DANUBE
    Author: MAGRIS CLAUDIO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In this fascinating journey Claudio Magris, whose knowledge is encyclopaedic and whose curiosity limitless, guides his reader from the source of the Danube in the Bavarian hills through Austro-Hungary and the Balkans to the Black Sea. Along the way he raises the ghosts that inhabit the houses and monuments - from Ovid to Kafka and Canetti - and in so doing sets his finger on the pulse of Central Europe, the vital crucible of a culture that draws on influences of East and West, of Christendom and Islam.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DARWIN
    DARWIN
    LEA TESS
    ISBN: 9781742233864
    Title: DARWIN
    Author: LEA TESS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Darwin is a survivor, you have to give it that. Razed to the ground four times in its short history, it has picked itself up out of the debris to not only rebuild but grow. Darwin has known catastrophes and resurrections; it has endured misconceived projects and birthed visionaries. To know Darwin, to know its soul, you have to listen to it, soak in it, taste it. To write about her home town, Tess Lea waded knee-deep in memories of the city, including those of her family and her own. The story begins in 1974, when Cyclone Tracy shattered Darwin, and Lea was a little girl. Then it takes us back to the wild times of early settlement, explores the backstory of the White Australia policy, paints a vivid picture of the bombing of Darwin during World War II - the first Australian city to experience direct attack from a foreign power - and guides us to Australia's militarised future, led by Darwin, sitting as it does under the largest aerial defence training space in the world. Lyrical and visceral, Tess Lea's ode to her hometown is suffused with the textures, colours, scents and the many gritty realities that beset this tough, fragile, magical, foolhardy and unique place.

    Imprint: UNSW PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DEEP SOUTH : FOUR SEASONS ON BACK ROADS
    DEEP SOUTH : FOUR SEASONS ON BACK ROADS
    THEROUX PAUL
    ISBN: 9780241969359
    Title: DEEP SOUTH : FOUR SEASONS ON BACK ROADS
    Author: THEROUX PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    On road trips spanning four seasons, wending along rural highways, Paul Theroux travels to America's Deep South to uncover the truth behind the myths, the fictions and the lies. He visits gun shows and small-town churches, labourers in Arkansas, and parts of Mississippi where they still call the farm up the road 'the plantation'. He talks to mayors and social workers, writers and reverends, the working poor and farming families: the unsung heroes of the South, from those who never left to those who returned home to rebuild a place they could never live without.

    'Wonderful writing. This is his best work of non-fiction. If acted upon, it may prove to be his most important.' Sunday Herald

    'Engrossing. Reminds us that despite poverty everyone has a story to tell and it's the writer's job to bear such testimony.' Financial Times

    'The preeminent American travel writer of the last half-century. Deep South works because Theroux is a master of his craft, but also because he has just the right amount of road-weary wisdom to counter centuries of mythmaking. He does all this with clarity and charm.' Washington Post

    'Casts an ever-sharp eye over life, history, community and hospitality below the Mason-Dixon line.' Wanderlust



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • DONT LEAN OUT THE WINDOW : THE INTER-RAIL EXPERIENCE
    DONT LEAN OUT THE WINDOW : THE INTER-RAIL EXPERIENCE
    FERRIS STEWART
    ISBN: 9781840240900
    Title: DONT LEAN OUT THE WINDOW : THE INTER-RAIL EXPERIENCE
    Author: FERRIS STEWART
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    When the authors bought their Inter-Rail tickets, those magic passports to a month’s unlimited rail travel in Europe, they had no idea that they would soon tear through more than a country a day, constantly escaping from a trail of bemused girls, angry policemen, angry campsite owners, angry nutters, more bemused girls, angry restaurateurs, and other assorted angry Europeans.

    This book is a hilarious travelogue about three Inter-Railers who endure water cannons, arrests, undesirables and each other during a hot, sticky month that left most of the continent dazed, confused and smelling of ‘Inter-Rail Feet’.

    Imprint: SUMMERSDALE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DOWN UNDER : Travels in a Sunburned Country
    DOWN UNDER : Travels in a Sunburned Country
    BRYSON BILL
    ISBN: 9781784161835
    Title: DOWN UNDER : Travels in a Sunburned Country
    Author: BRYSON BILL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Forget Crocodile Dundee, Castlemaine XXXX and the 2000 Sydney Olympics - Bill Bryson is the man to put Australia on the map.

    Bill Bryson has traversed the length and breadth of Australia to bring us his first major new book since the bestselling A Walk in the Woods. Bryson is a household name, synonymous with laugh-out-loud humour, uncontrolled sniggering and spontaneous outbursts of chortling.

    Down Under will reinforce his reputation as the best-loved travel writer and humorist of our day. No worries! What greeted Bill Bryson when he visited Australia was rather different to what he'd imagined. It is a country that exists on a vast scale. It is the driest, flattest, hottest, most dessicated, infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents, and still it teems with life, a large proportion of it quite deadly! A country where even the fluffiest of caterpillars can lay one out with a toxic nip, where seashells will not just sting but GO for one! One may be fatally chomped by sharks, or crocodiles, or carried hopelessly out to sea by irresistible currents, or left to stagger to an unhappy death in the baking outback.

    Bill Bryson ignored such dangers, and promptly fell in love with the country! And who can blame him? The people are cheerful, the food excellent, the beer always cold, the sun nearly always shines. Life doesn't get much better than this!

    Imprint: BLACK SWAN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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