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  • EASTERN HORIZONS : Hitchhiking the Silk Road
    EASTERN HORIZONS : Hitchhiking the Silk Road
    WOOD LEVISON
    ISBN: 9781473676244
    Title: EASTERN HORIZONS : Hitchhiking the Silk Road
    Author: WOOD LEVISON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Levison Wood was only 22 when he decided to hitch-hike from England to India through Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but he wasn't the conventional follower of the hippy trail. A fascination with the deeds of the early explorers, a history degree in the bag, an army career already planned and a shoestring budget of 750 - including for the flight home - he was determined to find out more about the countries of the Caucasus and beyond - and meet the people who lived and worked there.

    EASTERN HORIZONS is a true traveller's tale in the tradition of the best of the genre, populated by a cast of eccentric characters; from mujahedeen fighters to the Russian mafia. Along the way he meets some people who showed great hospitality, while others would rather have murdered him...

    Imprint: HODDER HEADLINE
    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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    "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
  • EPIC BIKE RIDES OF THE WORLD
    EPIC BIKE RIDES OF THE WORLD
    ISBN: 9781760340834
    Title: EPIC BIKE RIDES OF THE WORLD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Discover 200 of the best places to ride a bike in this beautifully illustrated hardback. From family-friendly, sightseeing urban rides to epic adventures off the beaten track. Destinations range from France and Italy, for the world's great bike races, to the wilds of Mongolia and Patagonia. These journeys will inspire - whether you are an experienced cyclist or just getting started. The book is organised by continent. In the Americas we join a family bikepacking trip in Ecuador; we pedal the Natchez Trace Parkway and stop at legendary music spots; we ride the Pacific Coast Highway in Oregon and California; go mountain biking in Moab and Canada; and explore the cities of Buenos Aires and New York by bicycle. European rides include easy-going trips around Lake Constance, along the Danube and the Loire, and coast-to-coast routes; routes in Tuscany, Spain and Corsica; and professional journeys up Mt Ventoux and around the Tour of Flanders. In Asia, we venture through Vietnam's valleys; complete the Mae Hong Son circuit in northern Thailand; cross the Indian Himalayas; and pedal through Bhutan. And in Australia and New Zealand we take in Tasmania and Queensland by mountain bike; cycle into Victoria's high country and around Adelaide on road bikes; and try some of New Zealand's celebrated cycle trails.

    Each ride is illustrated with stunning photography and a map. A toolkit of practical details - where to start and finish, how to get there, where to stay and more - helps riders plan their own trips. There are also suggestions for three more similar rides around the world for each story. Each piece shows how cycling is a fantastic way to get to know a place, a people and their culture.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • EPIC DRIVES OF THE WORLD
    EPIC DRIVES OF THE WORLD
    ISBN: 9781786578648
    Title: EPIC DRIVES OF THE WORLD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This beautifully illustrated hardcover features 50 classic road trips, with 150 additional suggestions for both long and short drives. Each trip includes a first-hand description, map, practical details, and gorgeous, full-color photography. Drives include Hawaii's Hana Highway, Australia's Great Ocean Road, and the Pamir Highway in Central Asia.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • EPIC HIKES OF THE WORLD
    EPIC HIKES OF THE WORLD
    ISBN: 9781787014176
    Title: EPIC HIKES OF THE WORLD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With stories of 50 incredible hiking routes in 30 countries, from New Zealand to Peru, plus a further 150 suggestions, Lonely Planet's Epic Hikes of the World will inspire a lifetime of adventure on foot. From one-day jaunts and urban trails to month-long thru-hikes, cultural rambles and mountain expeditions, each journey featured is truly epic.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • EXPERIENCE ITALY
    EXPERIENCE ITALY
    ISBN: 9781787013315
    Title: EXPERIENCE ITALY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2018 NEW RELEASE



    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • EXPERIENCE USA
    EXPERIENCE USA
    ISBN: 9781787013322
    Title: EXPERIENCE USA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2018 NEW RELEASE



    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • FAR AND AWAY : How Travel Can Change the World
    FAR AND AWAY : How Travel Can Change the World
    SOLOMON ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781784700720
    Title: FAR AND AWAY : How Travel Can Change the World
    Author: SOLOMON ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1991 Andrew Solomon rode a tank into Red Square in Moscow with a band of Russian artists protesting the coup after Gorbachev’s resignation. In 2002 he was in Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban; in 2014 he travelled to Myanmar to meet ex-political prisoners as the country slowly, fitfully pushed towards freedom. We find him in Greenland in 2001 researching widespread suffering from depression and on the quest for a rare bird in Zambia in 1998. Far and Away tells these and many other stories of profound upheaval. With his signature brilliance and compassion, Solomon demonstrates both how history is altered by individuals, and how personal identities are altered when governments alter.

    A journalist and essayist of remarkable perception and prescience, Solomon captures the essence of these cultures across seven continents and twenty-five years and tracks seismic shifts – cultural, political and spiritual. He takes us on a magnificent journey into the heart of extraordinarily diverse experiences, yet shows us the common humanity uniting peoples and places all over the world.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • FIELD NOTES FROM THE EDGE
    FIELD NOTES FROM THE EDGE
    EVANS PAUL
    ISBN: 9781846044571
    Title: FIELD NOTES FROM THE EDGE
    Author: EVANS PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2017 NEW RELEASE

    In Field Notes from the Edge, the acclaimed writer of the Guardian's 'Country Diary', Paul Evans, takes us on a journey through the in-between spaces of Nature – such as strandlines, mudflats, cliff tops and caves – where one wilderness is on the verge of becoming another and all things are possible.

    Here, Evans searches out wildlife and plants to reveal a Nature that is inspiring yet intimidating; miraculous yet mundane; part sacred space, part wasteland. It is here that we tread the edge between a fear of Nature’s dangers and a love of Nature’s beauty.

    Combining a naturalist’s eye for observation with a poet’s ear for the lyrical, Field Notes from the Edge confirms Paul Evans's place among our leading nature writers today.

    Imprint: RIDER
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • FIREFLIES OF AUTUMN : And Other Tales of San Ginese
    FIREFLIES OF AUTUMN : And Other Tales of San Ginese
    GIOVANNONI MORENO
    ISBN: 9781863959940
    Title: FIREFLIES OF AUTUMN : And Other Tales of San Ginese
    Author: GIOVANNONI MORENO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Tales of war and migration, of feasts and misfortunes – of leaving home and returning home. This is Tuscany as you have never seen it before.

    San Ginese is a village where God lingers in people’s minds and many dream of California, Argentina or Australia. Some leave only to return feeling disheartened, wishing they had never come back, some never leave and forever wish they had.

    The Fireflies of Autumn takes us to the olive groves and piazzas of this little-known Tuscan village. There we meet Bucchione, who was haunted by the Angel of Sadness; Lo Zena, his neighbour, with whom he feuded for forty years; Tommaso the Killer, the Adulteress, the Dead Boy and many others.

    These are tales of war and migration, feasts and misfortunes – of a people and their place over the course of the twentieth century.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FIVE NIGHTS IN PARIS : AFTER DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT
    FIVE NIGHTS IN PARIS : AFTER DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT
    BAXTER JOHN
    ISBN: 9780062296252
    Title: FIVE NIGHTS IN PARIS : AFTER DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT
    Author: BAXTER JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An unforgettable nocturnal tour through five iconic Parisian neighborhoods by the bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World.

    The preeminent expat writer on Paris and author of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World takes you on an unforgettable nocturnal stroll through five iconic Parisian neighborhoods and his own memories.

    John Baxter enchanted readers with his literary tour of Paris in The Most Beautiful Walk in the World. Now, this expat who has lived in the City of Light for more than twenty years introduces you to the city"s streets after dark, revealing hidden treasures and unexpected delights.

    As he takes you through five of the city"s greatest neighborhoods-Montmartre, Montparnasse, the Marais, and more-Baxter shares pithy anecdotes about his life in France, as well as fascinating knowledge he has gleaned from leading literary tours of the city by dark. With Baxter as your guide, you will discover the City of Light as never before, walking in the ghostly footsteps of Marcel Proust, the quintessential night owl for whom memory was more vivid than reality; Hungarian photographer Gyula Halász, known as Brassai, who prowled the midnight streets, camera in hand, with his friend Henry Miller; Louis Aragon and Philippe Soupault, who shared the Surrealists" taste for the city"s shadowed, secret world; and Josephine Baker and other African-American performers who dazzled adventurous Parisians at late-night jazz clubs.

    A feast for the mind and the senses, Five Nights in Paris takes you through the haunts of Paris"s most storied artists and writers to the scenes of its most infamous crimes in a lively off-the-beaten-path tour not found in any guidebook.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • FLANEUSE : Women Walk the City in Paris New York Tokyo Venice and London
    FLANEUSE : Women Walk the City in Paris New York Tokyo Venice and London
    ELKIN LAUREN
    ISBN: 9780099593379
    Title: FLANEUSE : Women Walk the City in Paris New York Tokyo Venice and London
    Author: ELKIN LAUREN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Selected as a Book of the Year 2016 by the Financial Times, Guardian, New Statesman, Observer, The Millions and Emerald Street 'FlOneuse (flanne-euhze), noun, from the French. Feminine form of flOneur (flanne-euhr), an idler, a dawdling observer, usually found in cities. That is an imaginary definition.' If the word flOneur conjures up visions of Baudelaire, boulevards and bohemia - then what exactly is a flOneuse? In this gloriously provocative and celebratory book, Lauren Elkin defines her as 'a determined resourceful woman keenly attuned to the creative potential of the city, and the liberating possibilities of a good walk'. Part cultural meander, part memoir, FlOneuse traces the relationship between the city and creativity through a journey that begins in New York and moves us to Paris, via Venice, Tokyo and London, exploring along the way the paths taken by the flOneuses who have lived and walked in those cities. From nineteenth-century novelist George Sand to artist Sophie Calle, from war correspondent Martha Gellhorn to film-maker Agnes Varda, FlOneuse considers what is at stake when a certain kind of light-footed woman encounters the city and changes her life, one step at a time.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • FLIRTING WITH FRENCH
    FLIRTING WITH FRENCH
    ALEXANDER WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780715649954
    Title: FLIRTING WITH FRENCH
    Author: ALEXANDER WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    William Alexander is not just a Francophile, he wants to be French. It's not enough to explore the country, to enjoy the food and revel in the ambience, he wants to feel French from the inside. Among the things that stand in his way is the fact that he can't actually speak the language. Setting out to conquer the language he loves (but which, amusingly, does not seem to love him back), Alexander devotes himself to learning French, going beyond grammar lessons and memory techniques to delve into the history of the language, the science of linguistics, and the art of translation. Along the way, during his travels in France or following his passion at home, he discovers that not learning a language may be its own reward.

    Imprint: DUCKWORTH
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • FLORENCE : A Delicate Case
    FLORENCE : A Delicate Case
    LEAVITT DAVID
    ISBN: 9781632863751
    Title: FLORENCE : A Delicate Case
    Author: LEAVITT DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Why has Florence always drawn so many English and American visitors? (At the turn of the century, the Anglo-American population numbered more than thirty thousand.) Why have men and women fleeing sex scandals traditionally settled here? What is it about Florence that has made it so fascinating--and so repellent--to artists and writers over the years?
    Moving fleetly between present and past and exploring characters both real and fictional, Leavitt's narrative limns the history of the foreign colony from its origins in the middle of the nineteenth century until its demise under Mussolini, and considers the appeal of Florence to figures as diverse as Tchaikovsky, E.M. Forster, Ronald Firbank, and Mary McCarthy. Lesser-known episodes in Florentine history--the moving of Michelangelo's David, and the construction of temporary bridges by black American soldiers in the wake of the Second World War--are contrasted with images of Florence today (its vast pizza parlors and tourist culture). Leavitt also examines the city's portrayal in such novels and films as A Room with a View, The Portrait of a Lady and Tea with Mussolini.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $14.99
  • FOR LOVE AND MONEY : Writing Reading Travelling 1969-87
    FOR LOVE AND MONEY : Writing Reading Travelling 1969-87
    RABAN JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781780601403
    Title: FOR LOVE AND MONEY : Writing Reading Travelling 1969-87
    Author: RABAN JONATHAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    First published in 1987, Raban writes about reading and travelling, fleshing out London literary life in the `70s and `80s.

    This collection of writing undertaken for love and money is about books and travel, and makes for an engrossing and candid exploration of what it means to live from writing. Jonathan Raban weighs up the advantages of maintaining an independent spirit against problems of insolvency and self-worth, confesses to travel as an escape from the blank page, ponders the true art of the book review, admires the role of the literary editor and remembers with affection and hilarity events from his eccentric life at the heart of literary London. Reading it is like embarking on a humane, rigorous and witty conversation.

    Imprint: ELAND
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FOUR SEASONS IN ROME : On Twins Insomnia and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World
    FOUR SEASONS IN ROME : On Twins Insomnia and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World
    DOERR ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9780007265299
    Title: FOUR SEASONS IN ROME : On Twins Insomnia and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World
    Author: DOERR ANTHONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On the same day that his wife gave birth to twins, Anthony Doerr received the Rome Prize, an award that gave him a year-long stipend and studio in Rome...

    Four Seasons in Rome charts the repercussions of that day, describing Doerr's varied adventures in one of the most enchanting cities in the world, and the first year of parenthood. He reads Pliny, Dante, and Keats – the chroniclers of Rome who came before him – and visits the piazzas, temples, and ancient cisterns they describe. He attends the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II and takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. He and his family are embraced by the butchers, grocers, and bakers of the neighbourhood, whose clamour of stories and idiosyncratic child-rearing advice is as compelling as the city itself.

    This intimate and revelatory book is a celebration of Rome, a wondrous look at new parenthood and a fascinating account of the alchemy of writers.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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