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  • CRAZY RIVER : A PLUNGE INTO AFRICA
    CRAZY RIVER : A PLUNGE INTO AFRICA
    GRANT RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780349000275
    Title: CRAZY RIVER : A PLUNGE INTO AFRICA
    Author: GRANT RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    No-one travels like the renowned writer-adventurer Richard Grant and, really, no-one should. Having narrowly escaped death at the hands of Mexican drug barons in Bandit Roads, he now plunges with his trademark recklessness and curiosity into Africa. Setting out to make the first descent of a previously unexplored river in Tanzania, he gets waylaid by thieves, whores and a degenerate former golf pro in Zanzibar, then crosses the Indian Ocean in a cargo dhow before the real adventure begins on the Malagarasi river. Travelling by raft, dodging bullets, hippos, lions and crocodiles, hacking through swamps and succumbing to fevers, Grant's gripping, illuminating and often hilarious book will thrill his devoted readers and bring him to an even broader audience.



    Imprint: ABACUS
    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
  • DESTINATION CAMBODIA
    DESTINATION CAMBODIA
    MASON WALTER
    ISBN: 9781742376622
    Title: DESTINATION CAMBODIA
    Author: MASON WALTER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Join intrepid traveller, Walter Mason - author of Destination Saigon - on a colourful adventure to one of the world's hottest new destinations. Meet taxi drivers, writers, hip -hop stars and monks as he traverses this extraordarily beautiful country.
    The ancient and mysterious ruins of Cambodia have long captured the imagination of visitors, more so now than ever before. In Destination Cambodia, Walter Mason charts an affectionate, intimate and deeply personal look at a Kingdom that has drawn him back again and again since his youth.

    Whether he's watching young monks recite the Buddha's life stories, visiting shamans and fortune tellers, or discovering the darker alleys of Phnom Penh with a romantic novelist and a world-weary street hustler, Walter takes the reader straight to the heart of this famously unknowable country. As heat, dust and weariness take their toll, he remains alive to the charms, and even seductions, of a place that was once a byword for misery and human suffering.

    Destination Cambodia takes us on a joyful and constantly fascinating literary journey in which Cambodia is vibrant and its people excited about the future while never denying their haunted past.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DESTINATION SAIGON : ADVENTURES IN VIETNAM
    DESTINATION SAIGON : ADVENTURES IN VIETNAM
    MASON WALTER
    ISBN: 9781741759495
    Title: DESTINATION SAIGON : ADVENTURES IN VIETNAM
    Author: MASON WALTER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Get a taste of the real Vietnam and its people on a sometimes funny, always fascinating journey from the bustling cities to out of the way villages, into Buddhist monasteries and along the Mekong - a real delight for armchair travellers and those contemplating their own adventure.
    From the crazy heat and colour of Saigon to the quieter splendour of Hanoi, Walter Mason gives us a rare, joyous and at times hilarious insight into twenty-first century Vietnam. Seduced by the beauty and charm of its people, and the sensuousness of its culture, we can almost taste the little coconut cakes cooked over a fire in a smoky Can Tho kitchen, or smell the endless supplies of fresh baguettes and croissants just out of city ovens.

    As colourful city cafes and bars make way for visits to out-of-the-way shrines and temples, we take an impromptu visit to forbidden fortune tellers, and glimpse a little of the Cao Dai religion, made famous in Graham Greene's The Quiet American. Escaping on impulse to a far-flung province, a brief imprisonment culminates in an invitation to local wedding celebrations.

    Travelling off the beaten track to far-flung villages and lesser-known towns, we cruise along the Mekong, board hopelessly overcrowded local buses or perch perilously on the back of motorbikes. Behind-the-scenes visits to Buddhist monasteries reveal a quieter and more transcendent world beyond the busy day trips of tourists. And in the process we begin to see the country through the eyes of its people.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DIP IN THE OCEAN : ROWIN SOLO ACROSS THE INDIAN
    DIP IN THE OCEAN : ROWIN SOLO ACROSS THE INDIAN
    OUTEN SARAH
    ISBN: 9781849531276
    Title: DIP IN THE OCEAN : ROWIN SOLO ACROSS THE INDIAN
    Author: OUTEN SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    4,000 miles of unpredictable ocean
    500 Chocolate bars
    124 days of physical exertion
    3 Guinness World Records set
    1 incredible journey

    On 1 April 2009, brave twenty-three-year-old Sarah Outen embarked on an ambitious solo voyage across the Indian Ocean in her rowing boat, Dippers.

    Powered by the grief of the sudden loss of her father and the determination to live life to the full, Sarah and her tiny boat successfully negotiated wild ocean storms, unexpected encounters with whales and the continuous threat of being capsized by passing container ships. Along the way she broke two oars, ate 500 chocolate bars and lost 20 kg of bodyweight before arriving in Mauritius. She became the first woman and the youngest person to row solo across the Indian Ocean.

    Life-affirming, funny and poignant, Sarah's salty tale of courage and endurance will inspire the taste of adventure in everyone.

    Imprint: SUMMERSDALE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • DONKEYS ON MY DOORSTEP : HOOFING IT IN THE MALLORCAN HILLS
    DONKEYS ON MY DOORSTEP : HOOFING IT IN THE MALLORCAN HILLS
    NICHOLAS ANNA
    ISBN: 9781849530385
    Title: DONKEYS ON MY DOORSTEP : HOOFING IT IN THE MALLORCAN HILLS
    Author: NICHOLAS ANNA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The dream is near completion. Anna is loosening the reins on her London PR company to spend more time in Mallorca with her family, cattery, chickens and goats, and insists their menagerie will only be complete with not one donkey, but two. She attempts almond harvesting in the countryside amid summertime and wasp infestations in the finca, and attends a traditional wedding and the spectacular Sant Juan horse festival in Menorca. Meanwhile, she befriends an elderly poet whose love letters to his fiancé during the Spanish Civil War waft into her field, unveiling a poignant story of bravery and sacrifice.

    Brimming with humorous and loveable characters, Donkeys on My Doorstep is a charming take on the simple and rewarding life of rural Mallorca.

    Imprint: SUMMERSDALE
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • 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
  • DONT LEAVE HOME : A TRAVEL GUIDE
    DONT LEAVE HOME : A TRAVEL GUIDE
    MORRELL TIMOTHY
    ISBN: 9780987592989
    Title: DONT LEAVE HOME : A TRAVEL GUIDE
    Author: MORRELL TIMOTHY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This collection of linked essays explores, with a deft ironic touch, our obsession with travel, in the process taking us to some places that perhaps only the author would want to visit.

    Imprint: FINLAY LLOYD PUBLISHERS
    RRP: $10.00

    Price: $10.00
  • DONT MENTION THE WAR : A SHAMEFUL EUROPEAN RAIL ADVENTURE
    DONT MENTION THE WAR : A SHAMEFUL EUROPEAN RAIL ADVENTURE
    FERRIS STEWART
    ISBN: 9781840244298
    Title: DONT MENTION THE WAR : A SHAMEFUL EUROPEAN RAIL ADVENTURE
    Author: FERRIS STEWART
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Follow the authors on their latest morally reprehensible trip around Europe. Experience the fatigue, the smells and the total lack of appreciation of the cultural pearl that is continental Europe. Discover how they played their part in making a Gendarme crash his police car; marvel at the undeserved adulation heaped upon them by the inhabitants of a small town in Provence; wince in embarrassment as they demonstrate how not to represent their nation when abroad.

    Don’t Mention The War! follows the exploits of three young men as they gallivant across Europe gorging themselves on junk food which is funded by their questionable ability as buskers.

    Provided you’re not an anxious parent or a member of the clergy, Don’t Mention The War! is guaranteed to make you laugh at least once.

    Imprint: SUMMERSDALE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DONT TELL MUM I WORK ON THE RIGS SHE THINKS IM A PIANO PLAYER IN A WHOREHOUSE
    DONT TELL MUM I WORK ON THE RIGS SHE THINKS IM A PIANO PLAYER IN A WHOREHOUSE
    CARTER PAUL
    ISBN: 9781741146981
    Title: DONT TELL MUM I WORK ON THE RIGS SHE THINKS IM A PIANO PLAYER IN A WHOREHOUSE
    Author: CARTER PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • DRIVING OVER LEMONS : AN OPTIMIST IN ANDALUCIA
    DRIVING OVER LEMONS : AN OPTIMIST IN ANDALUCIA
    STEWART CHRIS
    ISBN: 9780956003805
    Title: DRIVING OVER LEMONS : AN OPTIMIST IN ANDALUCIA
    Author: STEWART CHRIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: SORT OF BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • DUBAI : THE STORY OF THE WORLDS FASTEST CITY
    DUBAI : THE STORY OF THE WORLDS FASTEST CITY
    KRANE JIM
    ISBN: 9781782397601
    Title: DUBAI : THE STORY OF THE WORLDS FASTEST CITY
    Author: KRANE JIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Today, Dubai is a city of shimmering skyscrapers attracting thousands of tourists every year. Yet just sixty years ago Dubai's population scraped a living by picking dates, diving for pearls, or sailing in wooden dhows to trade with Iran and India.

    Dubai is everything the rest of the Arab world is not. Until recently it was the fastest-growing city in the world, with an economy whose growth outpaced China's while luring more tourists than all of India. The city has become a metaphor for the lush life, where the wealthy mingle in gilded splendour and luxury cars fill the streets, yet it is also beset by a backwash of bad design, environmental degradation and controversial labour practices. Dubai tells its unique story.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • EAT SLEEP CYCLE : A BIKE RIDE AROUND THE COAST OF BRITAIN
    EAT SLEEP CYCLE : A BIKE RIDE AROUND THE COAST OF BRITAIN
    HUGHES ANNA
    ISBN: 9781849536875
    Title: EAT SLEEP CYCLE : A BIKE RIDE AROUND THE COAST OF BRITAIN
    Author: HUGHES ANNA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "I have always loved riding my bike; having the freedom to go where I choose, at my own pace the physical pleasure and satisfaction of a hard day's ride, the fresh air, the work out, the fact that it's free. The bike has always been how I get to places. I wanted to see how far I could get."

    For Anna, a cycling enthusiast, the decision to ride 4,000 miles solo around the coast of the UK wasn't that hard. Following the river from London until it became the sea, then following the sea until it reached the mouth of the Thames again, using well-worn Sustrans routes, was a beautifully simple idea. But after epic highs, incredible lows, unforgettable scenery and unpronounceable place names as well as a hearty battle with some good old British weather her simple idea turns into a compelling journey of self-discovery, and an eye-opening insight into what makes the island where she lives so special.

    Imprint: SUMMERSDALE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • EIMI : A JOURNEY THROUGH SOVIET RUSSIA
    EIMI : A JOURNEY THROUGH SOVIET RUSSIA
    CUMMINGS E E
    ISBN: 9780871406521
    Title: EIMI : A JOURNEY THROUGH SOVIET RUSSIA
    Author: CUMMINGS E E
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $27.95
    Price: $27.95
  • ELEPHANT COMPLEX
    ELEPHANT COMPLEX
    GIMLETTE JOHN
    ISBN: 9781782067993
    Title: ELEPHANT COMPLEX
    Author: GIMLETTE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2016 NEW RELEASE

    Sri Lanka is a small island with a long, violent and enthralling history. Home to thousands of wild elephants, this is a place where natural beauty has endured, indifferent to human tragedy.

    Journeying through its regions - some haunted by war, many rarely seen by our eyes - award-winning travel writer John Gimlette interviews ex-presidents and cricketers, tea planters and terrorists, negotiating the complex relationships of diverse communities and the more sinister forms of tourism. Each city raises the ghosts of Portuguese, Dutch or British colonies; each site resurrects a civilization that preceded, and sometimes, outfaced them. The political families of Colombo lead Gimlette through years of turmoil, survivors of the tsunami tell of their recovery and the thorny truths of the civil war emerge - a war whose wounds have yet to heal.

    As he walks in the steps of old conquerors, follows the secret paths of elephants and marches alongside pilgrims, Gimlette seeks the soul of a country that is striving to free itself from trauma and embody an identity to match its vitality, its power and its people.

    Imprint: QUERCUS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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