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  • SNOW LEOPARD
    SNOW LEOPARD
    MATTHIESSEN PETER
    ISBN: 9780099771111
    Title: SNOW LEOPARD
    Author: MATTHIESSEN PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1973 (Matthiessen) joined with George Schaller, a field biologist, to Crystal Mountain in the Himalayas, to study the wild blue sheep of the region called bharal. They also hoped to see the rare snow leopard, an almost mythical creature which Schaller once glimpsed on a previous visit. Matthiessen is a student of Zen Buddhism and for his this was as much an inner journey as a field trip. He succeeds well in blending the spiritual with the earthly and his book is an evocative account of a remote and timeless place and its people.

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • SNOW LEOPARD
    SNOW LEOPARD
    MATTHIESSEN PETER
    ISBN: 9781784876845
    Title: SNOW LEOPARD
    Author: MATTHIESSEN PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: November 2020 New Release

    This is the account of a journey to the dazzling Tibetan plateau of Dolpo in the high Himalayas. In 1973 Matthiessen made the 250-mile trek to Dolpo, as part of an expedition to study wild blue sheep. It was an arduous, sometimes dangerous, physical endeavour- exertion, blisters, blizzards, endless negotiations with sherpas, quaking cold. But it was also a 'journey of the heart' - amongst the beauty and indifference of the mountains Matthiessen was searching for solace. He was also searching for a glimpse of a snow leopard, a creature so rarely spotted as to be almost mythical.

    'A beautiful book, and worthy of the mountains he is among' Paul Theroux

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • SONGLINES
    SONGLINES
    CHATWIN BRUCE
    ISBN: 9780099769910
    Title: SONGLINES
    Author: CHATWIN BRUCE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Songlines' or 'Dreaming Tracks' are what all Europeans call the labyrinth of invisible pathways that meander all over Australia.
    To Aboriginals, they are the 'Footprints of the Ancestors'; they are both intricate sources of personal identity and territorial markers.
    From such ancient line, Bruce Chatwin has been able to trace a great deal about an Aboriginal culture as complex as it is different from our own. The conflict between the two ways of life mirrors that within 'civilised' man himself. Disputes over the right to excavate land that is sacred to wandering tribes highlight the importance of myth and instinct in the human psyche. What might in other hands seem theatrically picaresque, Bruce Chatwin transforms into something approaching the scale of Greek tragedy. . .

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • STALINS NOSE : Across the Face of Europe
    STALINS NOSE : Across the Face of Europe
    MACLEAN RORY
    ISBN: 9780755617074
    Title: STALINS NOSE : Across the Face of Europe
    Author: MACLEAN RORY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Rory MacLean's groundbreaking debut travel book, Winston the pig drops on to Uncle Peter's head and kills him dead. Unwilling to be left alone in her house Aunt Zita, a faded Austrian aristocrat and a vivacious eccentric, hijacks her nephew and, together with Winston, sets out on one last ride. The Berlin Wall has fallen only weeks before and Zita is determined to reach across the reopened borders and rediscover her remarkable east European family.In a rattling Trabant the unlikely trio puff and wheeze across the changing continent, following the threads of memory. Zita's relations - the angel of Prague, the Hungarian grave digger who buried Stalin's nose, a dying Romanian propagandist - help tie together the loose ends of her life. They picnic at Auschwitz. They meet Lenin's embalmer. They carry a long-lost corpse over the Carpathian mountains. Through war and revolution, decay and regeneration, Stalin's Nose is a surreal and darkly comic ride and a portrait of Europe like no other.

    Imprint: TAURIS PARK BOOKS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • STASILAND
    STASILAND
    FUNDER ANNA
    ISBN: 9780143792529
    Title: STASILAND
    Author: FUNDER ANNA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Truth can be stranger – and more fascinating – than fiction.

    Anna Funder tells extraordinary stories from the underbelly of the most perfected surveillance state of all time, the former East Germany. Funder meets Miriam, the sixteen-year-old who might have started World War III. She visits the regime's cartographer, obsessed to this day with the Berlin Wall, then gets drunk with the legendary 'Mik Jegger' of the east, once declared by the authorities 'no longer to exist'. And she finds spies and Stasi men, still loyal to the Firm as they wait for the next revolution.

    Stasiland is a lyrical, at times funny account of the courage some people found to withstand the dictatorship, and the consequences for those who collaborated. Funder explores the daily chaos and harsh beauty of Berlin, a place where some people are trying to remember, and others just as hard to forget.

    Stasiland is a brilliant debut by a prodigiously gifted writer.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SUMMER ISLES
    SUMMER ISLES
    MARSDEN PHILIP
    ISBN: 9781783783007
    Title: SUMMER ISLES
    Author: MARSDEN PHILIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In an old wooden sloop, Philip Marsden plots a course north from his home in Cornwall. He is sailing for the Summer Isles, a small archipelago near the top of Scotland that holds for him a deep and personal significance. On the way, he must navigate the west coast of Ireland and the Inner Hebrides. Through the people he meets and the tales he uncovers, Marsden builds up a haunting picture of these shores - of imaginary islands and the Celtic otherworld, of the ageless draw of the west, of the life of the sea and perennial loss - and the redemptive power of the imagination.

    The Summer Isles is an unforgettable account of the search for actual places, invented places, and those places in between that shape the lives of individuals and entire nations.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SUSHI AND BEYOND : WHAT THE JAPANESE KNOW ABOUT COOKING
    SUSHI AND BEYOND : WHAT THE JAPANESE KNOW ABOUT COOKING
    BOOTH MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780099516446
    Title: SUSHI AND BEYOND : WHAT THE JAPANESE KNOW ABOUT COOKING
    Author: BOOTH MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Japan is the pre-eminent food nation on earth. The Japanese go to the most extraordinary lengths and expense to eat the finest, most delectable, and downright freakiest food imaginable. Their creativity, dedication and ingenuity, not to mention courage in the face of dishes such as cod sperm, whale penis and octopus ice cream, is only now beginning to be fully appreciated in the sushi-saturated West, as are the remarkable health benefits of the traditional Japanese diet.

    Inspired by Shizuo Tsuji's classic book, Japanese Cooking, A Simple Art, food and travel writer Michael Booth sets off to take the culinary pulse of contemporary Japan, learning fascinating tips and recipes that few westerners have been privy to before. Accompanied by with two fussy eaters under the age of six, he and his wife travel the length of the country, from bear-infested, beer-loving Hokkaido to snake-infested, seaweed-loving Okinawa.

    Along the way, they dine with - and score a surprising victory over - sumos; meet the indigenous Ainu; drink coffee at the dog caf ; pamper the world's most expensive cows with massage and beer; discover the secret of the Okinawan people's remarkable longevity; share a seaside lunch with free-diving, female abalone hunters; and meet the greatest chefs working in Japan today. Less happily, they trash a Zen garden, witness a mass fugu slaughter, are traumatised by an encounter with giant crabs, and attempt a calamitous cooking demonstration for the lunching ladies of Kyoto. They also ask, 'Who are you?' to the most famous TV stars in Japan.

    What do the Japanese know about food? Perhaps more than anyone on else on earth, judging by this fascinating and funny journey through an extraordinary food-obsessed country.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SUSTAINABLE ESCAPES
    SUSTAINABLE ESCAPES
    ISBN: 9781788689441
    Title: SUSTAINABLE ESCAPES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Lonely Planet presents a curated collection of the world's best low-impact resorts and experiences. From eco lodges and off-grid camps to responsible wildlife watching, we showcase the best eco-consious trips to help travelers lower their carbon footprint the impact made on the communities they visit.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SYRIA : The Desert and the Sown
    SYRIA : The Desert and the Sown
    BELL GERTRUDE
    ISBN: 9781838602307
    Title: SYRIA : The Desert and the Sown
    Author: BELL GERTRUDE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "You may rely upon one thing - I'll never engage in creating kings again; it's too great a strain."Gertrude Bell - traveller, scholar, archaeologist, spy - was one of the most powerful figures in the Middle East in the 20th century. With T.E. Lawrence, she was a significant force behind the Arab Revolt and was responsible for creating the boundaries of the modern state of Iraq, as well as installing the Hashemite dynasty, with Faisal I as king, in Iraq and Transjordan. Her knowledge of the Arab world was forged through decades of travel and the relationships she built across Arabia with tribal leaders and kings, who referred to her as Umm al Mu'mineen, or Mother of the Faithful. In the winter of 1906, she undertook an often dangerous journey through Greater Syria - Damascus, Jerusalem, Beirut, Antioch and Alexandretta - and her portrait of the landscapes, people and customs of a part of the world that very few had explored at the time is now a classic of travel writing. Bell's Syria illuminates a region that continues to preoccupy us today as well as portraying the unique life of a remarkable, still-controversial and ultimately tragic woman.

    Imprint: TAURIS PARK BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • THREE TIGERS ONE MOUNTAIN : A Journey through the Bitter History and Current Conflicts of China, Korea and Japan
    THREE TIGERS ONE MOUNTAIN : A Journey through the Bitter History and Current Conflicts of China, Korea and Japan
    BOOTH MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781910702956
    Title: THREE TIGERS ONE MOUNTAIN : A Journey through the Bitter History and Current Conflicts of China, Korea and Japan
    Author: BOOTH MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The next Bill Bryson' - New York Times

    'Three tigers cannot share the same mountain' - Chinese proverb

    China, Korea and Japan are the neighbours who love to hate each other. But why? Europe has forgiven Germany's war crimes, why can't Japan's neighbours do likewise? To what extent do the ongoing state-level disputes about island ownership, war history, controversial shrines and statues, missile systems and military escalation reflect how the people of these country's regard each other? They have so much to gain from amicable relations, so why do they seem to be doing their level best to keep the fires of hatred burning?

    The Chinese, Koreans and Japanese are more than neighbours, they are siblings from a Confucian family. They share so much culturally, from this ancient philosophy with its hierarchical, bureaucratic legacy, to rice-growing, art, architecture, chopsticks, noodles and much more which has been passed down from China over millennia. In turn, China has modelled much of its recent industrial and economic strategy on Japan's post-war manufacturing miracle, and adores contemporary Korean popular culture. Yet still East Asia festers with a mutual animosity which frequently threatens to draw the world into a 21st century war.

    In his previous international best-seller, The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Michael Booth set out to explore the Scandinavian tribes and what they think of each other.

    In this new book, which blends popular anthropology, history, politics and travel, the subjects are these Asian tigers which have endured occupation, war and devastation to become among the richest, most developed and powerful societies on earth.

    In this deeply researched, revealing book, he sets off on a journey by car, boat, train and plane through all three countries, ending up in a fourth, Taiwan. Here, he hopes to find a positive story but instead discovers the Taiwanese are not merely in conflict with the Chinese, but they also harbour another, less well-known but still bitter grudge towards an East Asian neighbour.

    Imprint: Jonathan Cape Publishers
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • TIME OF GIFTS   #1
    TIME OF GIFTS #1
    FERMOR PATRICK LEIGH
    ISBN: 9780719566950
    Title: TIME OF GIFTS #1
    Author: FERMOR PATRICK LEIGH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1933, at the age of 18, Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on an extraordinary journey by foot - from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is the first volume in a trilogy recounting the trip, and takes the reader with him as far as Hungary. It is a book of compelling glimpses - not only of the events which were curdling Europe at that time, but also of its resplendent domes and monasteries, its great rivers, the sun on the Bavarian snow, the storks and frogs, the hospitable burgomasters who welcomed him, and that world's grandeurs and courtesies. His powers of recollection have astonishing sweep and verve, and the scope is majestic.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • TO THE LAKE : A Blakan Journey of War and Peace
    TO THE LAKE : A Blakan Journey of War and Peace
    KASSABOVA KAPKA
    ISBN: 9781783783977
    Title: TO THE LAKE : A Blakan Journey of War and Peace
    Author: KASSABOVA KAPKA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Lake Ohrid and Lake Prespa. Two vast lakes joined by underground rivers. Two lakes that seem to hold both the turbulent memories of the region's past, and the secret of its enduring allure. Two lakes that have played a central role in Kapka Kassabova's maternal family.
    As she journeys to her grandmother's place of origin, Kassabova encounters a civilisational crossroads. The Lakes are set within the mountainous borderlands of North Macedonia, Albania and Greece, and crowned by the old Roman road, the via Egnatia. Once a trading and spiritual nexus of the southern Balkans, this lake region remains one of Eurasia's most culturally diverse areas. Meanwhile, with their remote rock churches, changeable currents, and large population of migratory birds, the Lakes live in their own time.
    By exploring on water and land the stories of poets, fishermen, and caretakers, misfits, rulers, and inheritors of war and exile, Kassabova uncovers the human history shaped by the Lakes. Setting out to resolve her own ancestral legacy of the Lakes, Kassabova's journey unfolds to a deeper enquiry into how geography and politics imprint themselves upon families and nations, and confronts her with questions about human suffering and the capacity for change.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • TO THE RIVER
    TO THE RIVER
    LAING OLIVIA
    ISBN: 9781786891587
    Title: TO THE RIVER
    Author: LAING OLIVIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Over sixty years after Virginia Woolf drowned in the River Ouse, Olivia Laing sets out to walk its banks, from the source all the way to the sea. As she walks, she reflects upon the power of rivers, refracting mythology, science, social history and literature through their waters too shed light on their eternal violence and mystery.

    Lyrical and stirring, To the River is a meditation on landscape and our place within it - and how ghosts never really leave the places they love.

    Imprint: Canongate Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • TOKYO   **Special Price**
    TOKYO **Special Price**
    MACKINTOSH MICHELLE
    ISBN: 9781760559908
    Title: TOKYO **Special Price**
    Author: MACKINTOSH MICHELLE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Visiting Tokyo, whether for the first, second or hundredth time, is a life-changing experience. As a city, it's dynamic, exciting and resolutely individual - a mesmerising and unrivalled parade of fashion, design, architecture, the highest of high culture and the best pop culture in the world. It's also a city of fascinating contrasts; whether you're standing in the middle of the Shibuya Scramble, a blur of pedestrians rushing past you, or standing before a small shrine, quiet and contemplative, you will feel the intensity of this very special city.

    This visually stunning travel guide is a celebration of contemporary Tokyo. It's a tightly curated list of must-see places and experiences as well as the authors' tried-and-tested favourites. It's for people who want to get an up close and personal look at the real Tokyo - the hidden finds, the architectural marvels, where to go to get into the thick of it and where to go to escape the madness.

    Find out about:
    · Traditional culture, customs and clothing
    · Tokyo by area: a look at the diverse districts of Tokyo
    · Architecture and history of different areas
    · Creative culture: a look at art and design, spaces and places
    · Pop culture
    · Food and drink: including an insiders' guide to ramen
    · Gardens and exploring on foot

    Imprint: PLUM
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $16.99
  • TOUCHING THE VOID   -   (Vintage Voyages)
    TOUCHING THE VOID - (Vintage Voyages)
    SIMPSON JOE
    ISBN: 9781784875374
    Title: TOUCHING THE VOID - (Vintage Voyages)
    Author: SIMPSON JOE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    VINTAGE VOYAGES- A world of journeys, from the tallest mountains to the depths of the mind

    Touching the Void is the heart-stopping account of Joe Simpson's terrifying adventure in the Peruvian Andes. He and his climbing partner, Simon, reached the summit of the remote Siula Grande in June 1995. A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, with news that that Joe was dead.

    What happened to Joe, and how the pair dealt with the psychological traumas that resulted when Simon was forced into the appalling decision to cut the rope, makes not only an epic of survival but a compelling testament of friendship.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TRACKS
    TRACKS
    DAVIDSON ROBYN
    ISBN: 9781408896204
    Title: TRACKS
    Author: DAVIDSON ROBYN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there's no going back.' So begins Robyn Davidson's perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company.


    Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her camels when they get skittish and nursing them when they are injured, Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine driven by a love of Australia's landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to cast away the trappings of her former identity. Tracks is the compelling, candid story of her odyssey of discovery and transformation.


    WITH A NEW POSTSCRIPT BY THE AUTHOR AND A STUNNING COLOUR PICTURE SECTION


    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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