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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • FLANEUR : A STROLL THROUGH THE PARADOXES OF PARIS
    FLANEUR : A STROLL THROUGH THE PARADOXES OF PARIS
    WHITE EDMUND
    ISBN: 9781632863775
    Title: FLANEUR : A STROLL THROUGH THE PARADOXES OF PARIS
    Author: WHITE EDMUND
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The New York Times bestselling look at Paris: an erudite, eloquent guided sojourn through the city's streets, by acclaimed author Edmund White.

    A flaneur is a stroller, a loiterer, someone who ambles through city streets in search of adventure and fulfillment. Edmund White, who lived in Paris for sixteen years, wanders through the streets and avenues and along the quays, into parts of Paris virtually unknown to visitors and indeed to many Parisians. In the hands of the learned White, a walk through Paris is both a tour of its lush, sometimes prurient history, and an evocation of the city's spirit.

    The Flaneur leads us to bookshops and boutiques, monuments and palaces, giving us a glimpse the inner human drama. Along the way we learn everything from the latest debates among French lawmakers to the juicy details of Colette's life.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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 : VISIONS OF A CITY
    FLORENCE : VISIONS OF A CITY
    CHANEY EDWARD
    ISBN: 9781784535254
    Title: FLORENCE : VISIONS OF A CITY
    Author: CHANEY EDWARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Of all the Italian cities, Florence is one of the best loved and most visited. In this book, Florence’s rich and glorious past is vividly brought to life through the medium of letters, diaries, memoirs and commentaries written by travellers from past centuries and by the Florentines themselves.

    The extracts chosen by Edward Chaney are as rich in variety and colour as the city itself – Boccaccio on the Black Death; Vasari on the building of Giotto’s Campanile; an eyewitness account of the installation of Michelangelo’s ‘David’; the death of Elizabeth Barrett Browning at the Casa Guidi; D.H. Lawrence and Dylan Thomas on twentieth-century Florentine society and many more.


    With its contemporary illustrations, this book is indispensable for any discerning traveller who wishes not merely to see what is still there but to imagine what was once there; who wants the pleasure of recapturing the drama of the past as vividly as these great writers could hand it down to us; and who above all seeks that indefinable - the true spirit of the place.

    Imprint: I B TAURIS
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • FLYING SCOTSMAN : THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF THE WORLDS MOST FAMOUS LOCOMOTIVE
    FLYING SCOTSMAN : THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF THE WORLDS MOST FAMOUS LOCOMOTIVE
    RODEN ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781781316139
    Title: FLYING SCOTSMAN : THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF THE WORLDS MOST FAMOUS LOCOMOTIVE
    Author: RODEN ANDREW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Think of the Golden Age of Steam and one train leaps to mind above all others: the Flying Scotsman, Nigel Gresley's elegant masterpiece of a locomotive. She broke the world speed record in 1934 and has enthralled millions with her beauty and power. Uniquely, her post-war career has been even more varied and exciting than her early triumphs.

    Now Andrew Roden tells the Scotsman's remarkable story, from her construction and the glory days between the wars through the decline of steam and her rollercoaster fortunes in the subsequent years: nearly abandoned on a tour of the United States after the money ran out, crossing the Australian interior, then put up for sale yet again when the company that owned her went bankrupt in 2003. A massive public campaign saved her for the nation and the Flying Scotsman's restoration began in 2005 at the National Railway Museum.

    With the aid of numerous interviews with those involved with the Scotsman over the years, Roden brings her story memorably to life. Above all, he asks: why do grown men risk their life savings to own her? Why do thousands of people still line the trackside when she's due to race past? And just what is the eternal appeal of the Flying Scotsman?

    Imprint: AURUM PRESS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • FROM BURMA TO MYANMAR : ON THE ROAD TO MANDALAY
    FROM BURMA TO MYANMAR : ON THE ROAD TO MANDALAY
    LAUBE LYDIA
    ISBN: 9781743053928
    Title: FROM BURMA TO MYANMAR : ON THE ROAD TO MANDALAY
    Author: LAUBE LYDIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What a ride! In a death-defying taxi with no windows, I was flown along the roads in a howling gale. Horrible. I sat directly behind the driver hoping he would act as an air bag when the inevitable collision came. In that position I couldn't see the worst that was happening around us, like pedestrians peeling off our fenders.

    Lydia Laube is no stranger to near-death experiences, including several while travelling to, from and through Myanmar, or Burma as it was known on her first trip there. As ever, Lydia takes the route less travelled as she discovers this wondrous land, with its pagodas, markets and attractions - including the world's biggest python and book. Midst Myanmar's magic, she falls in love with a horse named Madonna, and manages to work through language barriers and poor directions.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • FROM HERE TO ETERNITY : Travelling the World to find the Good Death
    FROM HERE TO ETERNITY : Travelling the World to find the Good Death
    DOUGHTY CAITLIN
    ISBN: 9781474606523
    Title: FROM HERE TO ETERNITY : Travelling the World to find the Good Death
    Author: DOUGHTY CAITLIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As a practicing mortician, Caitlin Doughty has long been fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies.

    In this new book she sets out in search of cultures unburdened by such fears, exploring Indonesian burial caves and meeting a Bolivian natita (a cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skull). With curiosity and morbid humour, Doughty encounters vividly decomposed corpses, participates in diverse death practices, and uncovers historical and national oddities. Appraising 'dignified' Western funerary traditions (in which we pump bodies full of chemicals or burn them in giant ovens), she marvels as people create new spaces for mourning - including a futuristic glowing-Buddha columbarium in Japan, a candlelit Mexican cemetery, and America's only open-air pyre in Colorado.

    FROM HERE TO ETERNITY tells a story that expands our sense of what's 'normal' and explores how unexpected moments of comfort and healing can be gained through directly tending to our deceased.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • FROM SOURCE TO SEA : NOTES FROM A  215 MILE WALK ALONG THE RIVER THAMES
    FROM SOURCE TO SEA : NOTES FROM A 215 MILE WALK ALONG THE RIVER THAMES
    CHESSHYRE TOM
    ISBN: 9781849539210
    Title: FROM SOURCE TO SEA : NOTES FROM A 215 MILE WALK ALONG THE RIVER THAMES
    Author: CHESSHYRE TOM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Over the years, authors, artists, and amblers aplenty have felt the pull of the Thames, and now travel writer Tom Chesshyre is following in their footsteps. He's walking the length of the river from the Cotswolds to the North Sea--a winding journey of more than 200 miles. Join him for an illuminating stroll past meadows, churches, palaces, country (and council) estates, factories, and dockyards. Seeing some familiar sights through new eyes, and meeting a host of interesting characters along the way, Tom explores the living present and remarkable past of England's longest and most iconic river.

    Imprint: SUMMERSDALE
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • FROM THE HOLY MOUNTAIN : A JOURNEY IN THE SHADOW OF BYZANTIUM
    FROM THE HOLY MOUNTAIN : A JOURNEY IN THE SHADOW OF BYZANTIUM
    DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780006547747
    Title: FROM THE HOLY MOUNTAIN : A JOURNEY IN THE SHADOW OF BYZANTIUM
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The third book from the most gifted young travel writer at work today, author of the best-selling In Xanadu ('one of the best travel books produced in the last twenty years' - Scotland on Sunday) and City of Djinns ('the best travel book I have ever read' - George Mackay Brown).

    In the spring of 587 AD, two monks set off on an extraordinary journey that would take them in an arc across the entire Byzantine world, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. On the way John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist stayed in caves, monasteries and remote hermitages, collecting the wisdom of the stylites and the desert fathers before their world shattered under the great eruption of Islam. More than a thousand years later, using Moschos's writings as his guide, William Dalrymple set off to retrace their footsteps.

    Despite centuries of isolation, a surprising number of the monasteries and churches visited by the two monks still survive today, surrounded by often hostile populations. Dalrymple's pilgrimage took him through a bloody civil war in eastern Turkey, the ruins of Beirut, the vicious tensions of the West Bank and a fundamentalist uprising in southern Egypt. His book is an elegy to the slowly dying civilisation of Eastern Christianity and the peoples that have kept its flame alive. It is a rich and gripping blend of history and spirituality, adventure and politics, laced with a thread of black comedy familiar to readers of Dalrymple's previous work.

    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FULL TILT : IRELAND TO INDIA WITH A BICYCLE
    FULL TILT : IRELAND TO INDIA WITH A BICYCLE
    MURPHY DERVLA
    ISBN: 9781906011413
    Title: FULL TILT : IRELAND TO INDIA WITH A BICYCLE
    Author: MURPHY DERVLA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Braving hunger, heat exhaustion, unbearable terrain and cultures largely untouched by civilization, Dervla Murphy chronicles her determined trip through nine countries, through snow and ice in the mountains and miles of barren land in the scorching desert. Full Tilt is a highly individual account by a celebrated travel writer based on the daily diary Murphy kept while riding through Yugoslavia, Persia, Afghanistan, over the Himalayas to Pakistan and into India. Murphy's charm and gracious sensitivity as a writer and a traveler reveals not only civilizations of exotic people and places but the wonder of a woman alone on an extraordinary adventure.

    Imprint: ELAND
    RRP: $34.95

    Price: $34.95
  • GERMANY : Portrait of a Fascinating Country
    GERMANY : Portrait of a Fascinating Country
    VERLAG KUNTH
    ISBN: 9783955044121
    Title: GERMANY : Portrait of a Fascinating Country
    Author: VERLAG KUNTH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: AUGUST 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Germany is beautiful; everyone who has ever travelled between the Baltic Sea and the Alps knows it. Pick up this book and embark on a journey through this unique and unbelievably diverse country in the heart of Europe.

    Magnificent photographs capture the splendour of sunny coasts and soaring mountains, majestic palaces, remote monasteries, and striking castles. This book is a testament to Germany's wealth of beauties, both natural and architectural. It will surprise you again and again with astonishing discoveries, hidden treasures, amazing panoramas and moving insights.

    Whether you are an aspiring traveller or a Deutschophile, it is the perfect declaration of love for a wonderful country.

    Imprint: MONACO BOOKS
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • GHOST TRAIN TO THE EASTERN STAR : ON THE TRACKS OF THE GREAT RAILWAY BAZAAR
    GHOST TRAIN TO THE EASTERN STAR : ON THE TRACKS OF THE GREAT RAILWAY BAZAAR
    THEROUX PAUL
    ISBN: 9780141015729
    Title: GHOST TRAIN TO THE EASTERN STAR : ON THE TRACKS OF THE GREAT RAILWAY BAZAAR
    Author: THEROUX PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Thirty years ago Paul Theroux left London and travelled across Asia and back again by train. His account of the journey - The Great Railway Bazaar - was a landmark book and made his name as the foremost travel writer of his generation.

    Now Theroux makes the trip all over again. Through Eastern Europe, India and Asia to discover the changes that have swept the continents, and also to learn what an old man will make of a young man's journey. Ghost Train to the Eastern Star is a brilliant chronicle of change and an exploration of how travel is 'the saddest of pleasures'.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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