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  • 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
  • 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: AUGUST 2018 NEW RELEASE

    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: AUGUST 2018 NEW RELEASE

    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
  • EVERYDAY ADVENTURES : 50 New Ways to Experience your Hometown
    EVERYDAY ADVENTURES : 50 New Ways to Experience your Hometown
    ISBN: 9781787013582
    Title: EVERYDAY ADVENTURES : 50 New Ways to Experience your Hometown
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    Weave a little wonder into daily life with these fun and challenging activities - and experience your local area in a whole new way. Invite friends on a social adventure, follow your senses somewhere new and embark on a cultural odyssey. Lonely Planet shows you how to embrace the traveller spirit and discover a new side to where you live.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • EVERYTHING BUT THE SQUEAL : A YEAR OF PIGGING OUT IN NORTHERN SPAIN
    EVERYTHING BUT THE SQUEAL : A YEAR OF PIGGING OUT IN NORTHERN SPAIN
    BARLOW JOHN
    ISBN: 9781862548510
    Title: EVERYTHING BUT THE SQUEAL : A YEAR OF PIGGING OUT IN NORTHERN SPAIN
    Author: BARLOW JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    John Barlow, a self-confessed glutton, finds himself in a meat-lover's dream in northern Spain. In Galicia, the misty-green north-west corner of Spain, the people revere and consume every part of the pig. Over the course of one glorious, bilious year, Barlow tries the patience of his vegetarian wife as he goes the whole hog and vows to eat everything but the squeal, from cocido in a cantina to a chorizo feast at Carnival, from ribs to roast ham, all washed down with local wine - delicious!


    '... it made me laugh so hard I didn't think I'd make it to the second chapter.' - Jenny Maidment 'Cuisine Magazine'

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $9.99

    Price: $9.99
  • 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
  • F IS FOR FRANCE : A CURIOUS CABINET OF FRENCH WONDERS
    F IS FOR FRANCE : A CURIOUS CABINET OF FRENCH WONDERS
    EATWELL PIU MARIE
    ISBN: 9781250087737
    Title: F IS FOR FRANCE : A CURIOUS CABINET OF FRENCH WONDERS
    Author: EATWELL PIU MARIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Exploring a culture filled with arcane laws, historical incidents, and bizarre paradoxes, Piu Eatwell's follow up to her award-winning and critically acclaimed myth-buster They Eat Horses, Don't They is a delightful exploration of France's quirky, literary, and culinary heritage.

    From absinthe and catacombs to former French soccer player Zinedine Zidane, Eatwell leaves no stone unturned, taking readers off the beaten path to explore the kind of information that gets missed in guidebooks and 'official' information sources. Who could imagine, for example, that there is a village in France where UFOs are banned from landing? Or that there is a verifiable population of wild kangaroos in the forests surrounding Paris? These, and many other off-beat delights, are just some of the curiosities awaiting readers in this journey through byways and hidden treasures of this endlessly fascinating and paradoxical country.

    Full of the richness and variety of France beyond the platitudes, including recipes and charming illustrations, F is for France is an ideal gift book and a must-read for Francophiles and anyone with an interest in French travel and culture.

    Imprint: THOMAS DUNNE BOOKS
    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: JULY 2018 NEW RELEASE


    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
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