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  • 60 DEGREES NORTH : AROUND THE WORLD IN SEARCH OF A HOME
    60 DEGREES NORTH : AROUND THE WORLD IN SEARCH OF A HOME
    TALLACK MALACHY
    ISBN: 9781846973420
    Title: 60 DEGREES NORTH : AROUND THE WORLD IN SEARCH OF A HOME
    Author: TALLACK MALACHY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    60 Degrees North is a story that we tell, both to ourselves and to others. It is a story about where - and perhaps also who - we are.'The sixtieth parallel marks a kind of borderland. It wraps itself around the lower reaches of Finland, Sweden and Norway; it crosses the tip of Greenland and of South-central Alaska; it cuts the great spaces of Russia and Canada in half. The parallel also passes through Shetland, at the very top of the British Isles. In 60 Degrees North, Malachy Tallack explores the places that share this latitude, beginning and ending in Shetland, where he has spent most of his life. The book focuses on the landscapes and natural environments of the parallel, and the way that people have interacted with those landscapes. It explores themes of wildness and community, of isolation and engagement, of exile and memory.

    Imprint: BIRLIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • A LA MOD : MY SO CALLED TRANQUIL LIFE IN RURAL FRANCE
    A LA MOD : MY SO CALLED TRANQUIL LIFE IN RURAL FRANCE
    MOORE IAN
    ISBN: 9781849533997
    Title: A LA MOD : MY SO CALLED TRANQUIL LIFE IN RURAL FRANCE
    Author: MOORE IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Three weeks into our hen ownership and there wasn't a single egg, there was nothing. Natalie's theory for this was that they were bored. Can hens be bored? Really? They're hens for Pete's sake; do they need to be stretched intellectually before they produce any eggs? What am I suppose to do, read them Chomsky? Comedian, mod and professional grump Ian Moore has had enough. Tired of being unable to park anywhere near his cramped house in a noisy town he doesn't like, he hatches a plan to move his wife and young son to a remote corner of the Loire Valley in search of serenity and space. Several tears later, Ian finds himself up to his neck in bilingual offspring, feral cats, promiscuous horses, dysfunctional spaniels and needy hens; he's wrestling with electric fences, a foreign language, a mountain of animal waste and a wife who collects livestock like there's a biblical flood on the horizon, all while trying not dirty his loafers. But despite the ups, downs and increasing demands of Ian's showbiz career, the Moore family persevere in true Brit style to create a unique, colourful and ultimately rewarding life in their new homea la campagne and a la mod!


    AUTHOR: Ian Moore is a stand-up comedian in the UK and a husband, father of three boys, farmhand and chutney maker in France. He is a mod in both walks of life and most of his time is spent travelling grumpily between the two.

    Imprint: SUMMERSDALE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AGE OF KALI : TRAVELS AND ENCOUNTERS IN INDIA
    AGE OF KALI : TRAVELS AND ENCOUNTERS IN INDIA
    DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780006547754
    Title: AGE OF KALI : TRAVELS AND ENCOUNTERS IN INDIA
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    William Dalrymple, who wrote so magically about India in 'City of Djinns', returns to the country in a series of remarkable essays. Featured in its pages are 15-year-old guerrilla girls and dowager Maharanis; flashy Bombay drinks parties and violent village blood feuds; a group of vegetarian terrorists intent on destroying India's first Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet; and a palace where port and cigars are still carried to guests on a miniature silver steam train. Dalrymple meets such figures as Imran Khan and Benazir Bhutto; he witnesses the macabre nightly offering to the bloodthirsty goddess Parashakti - She Who Is Seated on a Throne of Five Corpses; he experiences caste massacres in the badlands of Bihar and dines with a drug baron on the North-West Frontier; he discovers such oddities as the terrorist apes of Jaipur and the shrine where Lord Krishna is said to make love every night to his 16,108 wives and 64,732 milkmaids. 'The Age of Kali' is the fourth fascinating volume from the author of 'In Xanadu', 'City of Djinns' and 'From the Holy Mountain'.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AMAZING TRAIN JOURNEYS
    AMAZING TRAIN JOURNEYS
    ISBN: 9781787014305
    Title: AMAZING TRAIN JOURNEYS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Experience 60 of the world’s greatest and most unforgettable train journeys, from classic long-distance trips like Western Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer and Darwin to Adelaide’s The Ghan, to little-known gems on regular commuting lines.

    We’ve always had a soft spot for trains. We know the moment a train pulls out of a station bound for somewhere fantastic is when the adventure truly starts. Amazing Train Journeys is the culmination of asking more than 200 travel writers for their absolute favourites.

    Some are epic international adventures, others short suburban routes along stunning coastline. There are incredible feats of engineering, trains that snake their way through mountain peaks, and even those which have achieved Unesco World Heritage status.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AMERICAN JOURNEYS
    AMERICAN JOURNEYS
    WATSON DON
    ISBN: 9780143790990
    Title: AMERICAN JOURNEYS
    Author: WATSON DON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A superb book about Don Watson's journeys around America. Featured as one of Newsweek's 50 'What to Read Now and Why' titles.

    Only in America - the most powerful democracy on earth, home to the best and worst of everything - are the most extreme contradictions possible. In a series of journeys acclaimed author Don Watson set out to explore the nation that has influenced him more than any other.

    Travelling by rail gave Watson a unique and seductive means of peering into the United States, a way to experience life with its citizens- long days with the American landscape and American towns and American history unfolding on the outside, while inside a tiny particle of the American people talked among themselves.

    Watson's experiences are profoundly affecting- he witnesses the terrible aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast; explores the savage history of the Deep South, the heartland of the Civil War; and journeys to the remarkable wilderness of Yellowstone National Park.

    Yet it is through the people he meets that Watson discovers the incomparable genius of America, its optimism, sophistication and riches - and also its darker side, its disavowal of failure and uncertainty.

    Beautifully written, with gentle power and sly humour, American Journeys investigates the meaning of the United States- its confidence, its religion, its heroes, its violence, and its material obsessions. The things that make America great are also its greatest flaws.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ARABESQUES : A Tale of Double Lives
    ARABESQUES : A Tale of Double Lives
    DESSAIX ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781925589009
    Title: ARABESQUES : A Tale of Double Lives
    Author: DESSAIX ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    One Sunday afternoon in a secluded valley in Normandy, Robert Dessaix chanced upon the castle where the 20th-century French writer André Gide spent his childhood. Recalling the excitement he felt when he first read Gide as a teenager, Dessaix sets off to recapture what it was that once drew him so strongly to this enigmatic figure.

    On a magic carpet ride from Lisbon to the edge of the Sahara, from Paris to the south of France and Algiers, he takes us to the places where the Nobel Prize winning author, in ways still scandalous to modern sensibilities, lived out his unconventional ideas about love, marriage, sexuality and religion.

    Imprint: XOUM
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ARABIA : A Journey Through the Heart of the Middle East
    ARABIA : A Journey Through the Heart of the Middle East
    WOOD LEVISON
    ISBN: 9781473676329
    Title: ARABIA : A Journey Through the Heart of the Middle East
    Author: WOOD LEVISON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Following in the footsteps of great explorers such as Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, ARABIAN JOURNEY is Levison Wood's account of his most complex expedition yet: circumnavigating the Arabian Peninsula. Travelling through some of the harshest and most beautiful environments on earth, he seeks to challenge our perceptions of an often misunderstood part of the world, seeing how the region has changed and examining the stories we don't often hear about in the media.

    Imprint: HODDER & STOUGHTON
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ARABIA : Through the Looking Glass
    ARABIA : Through the Looking Glass
    RABAN JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781780601397
    Title: ARABIA : Through the Looking Glass
    Author: RABAN JONATHAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Into Jonathan Raban’s familiar Earls Court neighbourhood after the 1970s oil boom came new visitors from the Arab world, dressed in floor-length robes and yashmaks. A people apart, little known, Raban wanted to get behind the myth and the rumour to discover the reality of their lives and world. His journey took him through Bahrain, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Yemen, Egypt and Jordan. What he discovered was a far cry from the camel, tent and sand dune archetypes of early European explorers. Oil wealth had seeped into almost every corner, and Bedouin encampments had been replaced by cosmopolitan boomtowns, camels by Range Rovers. The sons of Bedouin nomads were now studying medicine in Europe and engineering in New York. Yet in this fast-moving world, old certainties remained – and cultural innovation lagged miles behind economic change.

    Raban’s gift for friendship introduces us to a series of memorable individuals – rich and poor – set against the feel, the smells, the sounds and the nuances of Arabia.

    Imprint: ELAND
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ART OF FREE TRAVEL : A FRUGAL FAMILY ADVENTURE
    ART OF FREE TRAVEL : A FRUGAL FAMILY ADVENTURE
    JONES PATRICK
    ISBN: 9781742234434
    Title: ART OF FREE TRAVEL : A FRUGAL FAMILY ADVENTURE
    Author: JONES PATRICK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Patrick, Meg and their family had built a happy, sustainable life in regional Victoria. But in late 2013, they found themselves craving an adventure: a road trip.But theirs was a road trip with a difference. With Zephyr (10), Woody (1) and Zero their Jack Russell, they set off on an epic 6,000km year-long cycling journey along Australias east coast, from Daylesford to Cape York and back.Their aim was to live as cheaply as possible guerrilla camping, hunting, foraging and bartering their permaculture skills, and living on a diet of free food, bush tucker, and the occasional fresh road kill. They spent time in Aboriginal communities, joined an anti-fracking blockade, documented edible plants, and dodged speeding cars and trucks on the countrys most dangerous highways. The Art of Free Travel is the remarkable story of a rule-breaking year of ethical living.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ART OF TRAVEL
    ART OF TRAVEL
    DE BOTTON ALAIN
    ISBN: 9780241970065
    Title: ART OF TRAVEL
    Author: DE BOTTON ALAIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Art of Travel is Alain de Botton's travel guide with a difference. Few activities seem to promise us as much happiness as going travelling: taking off for somewhere else, somewhere far from home, a place with more interesting weather, customs and landscapes. But although we are inundated with advice on where to travel to, we seldom ask why we go and how we might become more fulfilled by doing so. With the help of a selection of writers, artists and thinkers - including Flaubert, Edward Hopper, Wordsworth and Van Gogh - Alain de Botton's bestselling The Art of Travel provides invaluable insights into everything from holiday romance to hotel mini-bars, airports to sight-seeing. The perfect antidote to those guides that tell us what to do when we get there, The Art of Travel tries to explain why we really went in the first place - and helpfully suggests how we might be happier on our journeys. "Richly evocative, sharp and funny. De Botton proves himself to be a very fine travel writer indeed". (Sunday Telegraph). "Delightful, profound, entertaining, I doubt if de Botton has written a dull sentence in his life' Jan Morris 'An elegant and subtle work, unlike any other. Beguiling". (Colin Thubron, The Times). Alain de Botton's bestselling books include Essays in Love; The Romantic Movement; Kiss and Tell; Status Anxiety; How Proust Can Change Your Life; The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work; The Art of Travel; The Architecture of Happiness and Religion for Atheists. He lives in London and founded The School of Life and Living Architecture.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • AT HOME IN JAPAN : A Foreign Woman's Journey of Discovery
    AT HOME IN JAPAN : A Foreign Woman's Journey of Discovery
    OTOWA REBECCA
    ISBN: 9780804848718
    Title: AT HOME IN JAPAN : A Foreign Woman's Journey of Discovery
    Author: OTOWA REBECCA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What would it be like to move to Japan, leaving everyone you know behind, to become part of a traditional Japanese household? At Home in Japan tells an extraordinary true story of a foreign woman who goes through an amazing transformation, as she makes a move from a suburban lifestyle in California to a new life, living in Japan. She dedicates 30 years of her life as a housewife, custodian and chatelaine of a 350–year–old farmhouse in rural Japan. This astonishing book traces a circular path from were Rebecca began, to living under Japanese customs, from the basic day to day details of life in the house and village, through relationships with family, neighbors and the natural and supernatural entities with which the family shares the house.

    Imprint: TUTTLE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ATLAS OBSCURA : An Explorer's Guide to the World's Most Unusual Places
    ATLAS OBSCURA : An Explorer's Guide to the World's Most Unusual Places
    FOER JOSHUA ET AL
    ISBN: 9780761169086
    Title: ATLAS OBSCURA : An Explorer's Guide to the World's Most Unusual Places
    Author: FOER JOSHUA ET AL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.

    Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders—the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England.

    Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer.

    Anyone can be a tourist. ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer.

    Imprint: WORKMAN PRESS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • AUSTRALIA   -   Beautiful World
    AUSTRALIA - Beautiful World
    ISBN: 9781788682985
    Title: AUSTRALIA - Beautiful World
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: May 2019 New Release

    Immerse yourself in Australia with this stunning collection of photographs and discover the nation's extraordinary range of landscapes and environments, cultures, creatures and people - from world-famous wineries and white-sand beaches to buzzing cities and ancient rainforests.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • A-Z OF WILDLIFE WATCHING
    A-Z OF WILDLIFE WATCHING
    ISBN: 9781787014312
    Title: A-Z OF WILDLIFE WATCHING
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2018 NEW RELEAS


    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • BARCELONA
    BARCELONA
    HUGHES ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781860468247
    Title: BARCELONA
    Author: HUGHES ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Robert Hughes has been visiting Barcelona since the 1960s and he has written an epic tribute to a city he loves. He tells the story of the growth of this Mediterranean metropolis from its origins as a Roman colonial town to the twentieth century, examining its relationship to the rest of Catalunya, to Spain and to the wider European world. Much of Barcelona's history is reflected in its architecture and Hughes builds his history around the stones of the city but his account is also rich in political and military drama and the actions of remarkable personalities. He introduces the reader to Barcelona's painting, poetry, folklore, language, food and much more. He also addresses the paradoxical question of Catalan identity, a people simultaneously so Spanish and yet so un-Spanish. Hughes's Barcelona has become, as it deserves to be, the standard work on the city in English.

    Imprint: HARVILL
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEAST : RIDING THE RAILS AND DODGING NARCOS ON THE MIGRANT TRAIL
    BEAST : RIDING THE RAILS AND DODGING NARCOS ON THE MIGRANT TRAIL
    MARTINEZ OSCAR
    ISBN: 9781781682975
    Title: BEAST : RIDING THE RAILS AND DODGING NARCOS ON THE MIGRANT TRAIL
    Author: MARTINEZ OSCAR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One day a couple of years ago, 300 migrants were kidnapped between the remote, dusty border towns of Altar, Mexico, and Sasabe, Arizona. Over half of them were never heard from again.

    Oscar Martinez, a young writer from El Salvador, was in Altar at the time of the abduction, and his story of the migrant disappearances is only one of the harrowing stories he tells after spending two years traveling up and down the migrant trail from Central America to the US border.

    More than a quarter of a million Central Americans make this increasingly dangerous journey each year, and last year 18,000 of them were kidnapped. Martinez writes in beautiful, lyrical prose about clinging to the tops of freight trains; finding respite, work and hardship in shelters and brothels; and riding shotgun with the border patrol. Here is the first book to illuminate this harsh mass migration in the age of the narcotraficantes.

    'The Beast is extraordinary, first, for the courage that Martinez summoned to write it; and, second, for the hidden lives he reveals. No other writer has got this close to a migration that Amnesty International estimates left 70,000 unaccounted for between 2006 and 2012. Read together, the vivid personal stories told here have the force of a novel' Financial Times

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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