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  • UP IN THE OLD HOTEL
    UP IN THE OLD HOTEL
    MITCHELL JOSEPH
    ISBN: 9780099561590
    Title: UP IN THE OLD HOTEL
    Author: MITCHELL JOSEPH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'The master of a journalistic style long vanished - urbane, lucid, courteous... A masterpiece of observation and storytelling' Ian McEwan

    Mitchell is the laureate of old New York. The hidden corners of the city and the people who lived there are his subject. He captured the waterfront rooming-houses , nickel-a-drink saloons, all-night restaurants, the 'visionaries, obsessives, imposters, fanatics, lost souls, the end-is-near street preachers, old Gypsy Kings and old Gypsy Queens, and out-and-out freak-show freaks.' Mitchell's trademark curiosity, respect and graveyard humour fuel these magical essays.
    Written between 1943 and 1965, Up in the Old Hotel is the complete collection of Joseph Mitchell 's New Yorker journalism and includes McSorley's Wonderful Saloon, Old Mr Flood, The Bottom of the Harbour and Joe Gould's Secret.

    'Joseph Mitchell is buried treasure' Salman Rushdie

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • VIRAGO BOOK OF WOMEN TRAVELLERS
    VIRAGO BOOK OF WOMEN TRAVELLERS
    MORRIS MARY
    ISBN: 9780349013527
    Title: VIRAGO BOOK OF WOMEN TRAVELLERS
    Author: MORRIS MARY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: November 2020 New Release

    'A volume in which rich and unexpected seams of precious materials await discovery' Guardian

    Three hundred years of wanderlust are captured in this collection as women travel for peril or pleasure, whether to gaze into Persian gardens or imbibe the French countryside, to challenge the fierce Sahara or climb an impossible mountain.

    The extraordinary women in this collection are observers of the world in which they wander; their prose rich in description, remarkable in detail. Mary McCarthy conveys the vitality of Florence while Willa Cather's essay on Lavandou foreshadows her descriptions of the French countryside in later novels. Others are more active participants in the culture they are visiting, such as Leila Philip, as she harvests rice with Japanese women. Whether it is curiosity about the world, a thirst for adventure or escape from personal tragedy, all of these women are united in that they approached their journeys with wit, intelligence, compassion and empathy for the lives of those they encountered along the way.

    Also includes writing by Willa Cather, Joan Didion, Vita Sackville-West, M. F. K Fisher, Christina Dodwell and more.

    Imprint: VIRAGO
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • WALK IN THE WOODS : The World's Funniest Travel Writer Takes a Hike
    WALK IN THE WOODS : The World's Funniest Travel Writer Takes a Hike
    BRYSON BILL
    ISBN: 9781784161446
    Title: WALK IN THE WOODS : The World's Funniest Travel Writer Takes a Hike
    Author: BRYSON BILL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the company of his friend Stephen Katz (last seen in the bestselling Neither Here nor There), Bill Bryson set off to hike the Appalachian Trail, the longest continuous footpath in the world. Ahead lay almost 2,200 miles of remote mountain wilderness filled with bears, moose, bobcats, rattlesnakes, poisonous plants, disease-bearing tics, the occasional chuckling murderer and - perhaps most alarming of all - people whose favourite pastime is discussing the relative merits of the external-frame backpack.

    Facing savage weather, merciless insects, unreliable maps and a fickle companion whose profoundest wish was to go to a motel and watch The X-Files, Bryson gamely struggled through the wilderness to achieve a lifetime's ambition - not to die outdoors.

    Imprint: Black Swan
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WALKING AWAY
    WALKING AWAY
    ARMITAGE SIMON
    ISBN: 9780571298365
    Title: WALKING AWAY
    Author: ARMITAGE SIMON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Not content with walking the Pennine Way as a modern day troubadour, an experience recounted in his bestseller and prize-wining Walking Home, the restless poet has followed up that journey with a walk of the same distance but through the very opposite terrain and direction far from home.

    In Walking Away Simon Armitage swaps the moorland uplands of the north for the coastal fringes of Britain's south west, once again giving readings every night, but this time through Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, taking poetry into distant communities and tourist hot-spots, busking his way from start to finsh.

    From the surreal pleasuredome of Minehead Butlins to a smoke-filled roundhouse on the Penwith Peninsula then out to the Isles of Scilly and beyond, Armitage tackles this personal Odyssey with all the poetic reflection and personal wit we've come to expect of one of Britain's best loved and most popular writers.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WALKING IN BERLIN : A FLANEUR IN THE CAPITAL
    WALKING IN BERLIN : A FLANEUR IN THE CAPITAL
    HESSEL FRANZ
    ISBN: 9781925321128
    Title: WALKING IN BERLIN : A FLANEUR IN THE CAPITAL
    Author: HESSEL FRANZ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A timeless guide to one of the world's greatest cities.

    Franz Hessel was an observer par excellence of the increasingly hectic metropolis that was Berlin in the late 1920s. In Walking in Berlin, originally published in Germany in 1929, he captures the rhythm of Weimar-era Berlin, recording evidence of the seismic shifts shaking German culture at the time.

    Nearly all of the pieces take the form of a walk or outing, focusing either on a theme or part of the city, and many end at a theatre, cinema, or club. Hessel effortlessly weaves historical information into his observations, displaying his extensive knowledge of the city. Today, many years after the Nazi era and the postwar reconstruction that followed, the areas he visited are all still prominent and interesting. From the Alexanderplatz to Kreuzberg, his record of them has become priceless. Superbly written, and as fresh today as when it first appeared, this is a book to be savoured.



    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • WALKS IN NATURE : Australia
    WALKS IN NATURE : Australia
    CARLILE ANNA
    ISBN: 9781741176490
    Title: WALKS IN NATURE : Australia
    Author: CARLILE ANNA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Walks in Nature: Australia is a celebration of being outdoors. From coastal cliffs and crescents of sand, to iconic bush landscapes and wild offshore islands, this book offers more than 100 walking trails around the country, all within an easy distance of your capital city. This second edition has been completely updated and contains new walks for every state. In every chapter you'll find a variety of walks to suit every season and fitness level, with detailed track notes and easy-to-use maps. Each trail is 6–20km in distance and includes a delicious suggested foodie stop, where you can refuel and reflect on a day walking in nature. The book features walks in and around Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Hobart.

    Imprint: EXPLORE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WANDERLAND : A Search for Magic in the Landscape
    WANDERLAND : A Search for Magic in the Landscape
    REDDY JINI
    ISBN: 9781472951939
    Title: WANDERLAND : A Search for Magic in the Landscape
    Author: REDDY JINI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Alone on a remote mountaintop one dark night, a woman hears a mysterious voice.

    Propelled by the memory and after years of dreaming about it, Jini Reddy dares to delve into the 'wanderlands' of Britain, heading off in search of the magical in the landscape.

    A London journalist with multicultural roots and a perennial outsider, she determinedly sets off on this unorthodox path. Serendipity and her inner compass guide her around the country in pursuit of the Other and a connection to Britain's captivating natural world. Where might this lead? And if you know what it is to be Othered yourself, how might this colour your experiences? And what if, in invoking the spirit of the land, 'it' decides to make its presence felt?

    Whether following a 'cult' map to a hidden well that refuses to reveal itself, attempting to persuade a labyrinth to spill its secrets, embarking on a coast-to-coast pilgrimage or searching for a mystical land temple, Jini depicts a whimsical, natural Britain. Along the way, she tracks down ephemeral wild art, encounters women who worship The Goddess, falls deeper in love with her birth land and struggles - but mostly fails - to get to grips with its lore. Throughout, she rejoices in the wildness we cannot see and celebrates the natural beauty we can, while offering glimpses of her Canadian childhood and her Indian parents' struggles in apartheid-era South Africa.

    Wanderland is a book in which the heart leads, all things are possible and the Other, both wild and human, comes in from the cold. It is a paean to the joy of roaming, both figuratively and imaginatively, and to the joy of finding your place in the world.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • WATERLOG : A Swimmers Journey of Britain
    WATERLOG : A Swimmers Journey of Britain
    DEAKIN ROGER
    ISBN: 9781784700065
    Title: WATERLOG : A Swimmers Journey of Britain
    Author: DEAKIN ROGER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1996 Roger Deakin, the late, great nature writer, set out to swim through the British Isles. From the sea, from rock pools, from rivers and streams, tarns, lakes, lochs, ponds, lidos, swimming pools and spas, from fens, dykes, moats, aqueducts, waterfalls, flooded quarries, even canals, Deakin gains a fascinating perspective on modern Britain. Detained by water bailiffs in Winchester, intercepted in the Fowey estuary by coastguards, mistaken for a suicide on Camber sands, confronting the Corryvreckan whirlpool in the Hebrides, he discovers just how much of an outsider the native swimmer is to his landlocked, fully-dressed fellow citizens.

    This is a personal journey, a bold assertion of the native swimmer's right to roam, and an unforgettable celebration of the magic of water.

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WAYS OF THE BUSHWALKER
    WAYS OF THE BUSHWALKER
    HARPER MELISSA
    ISBN: 9781742236674
    Title: WAYS OF THE BUSHWALKER
    Author: HARPER MELISSA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2020 New Release

    Australians have always loved to step out in nature, whether off-track or along a marked route. Bushwalking – an organised long-distance walk in rugged terrain that requires maps and camping equipment, or a family day out – is one of our most popular pastimes. This landmark book, now updated, was the first to delve into its rich and sometimes quirky history.

    From the earliest days of European settlement, colonists found pleasure in leisurely strolls through the bush, collecting flowers, sketching, bird watching and picnicking. Yet over time, walking for the sake of walking became the dominant motive. Walking clubs proliferated, railways organised mystery hikes attended by thousands, and Paddy Pallin established his equipment business. Bushwalking – serious walking – was invented.

    Whether you are inclined to put on your walking boots and pack your sleeping bag, or would rather stay in a luxury hut, this surefooted and witty book reveals how the ordinary act of walking can become extraordinary.

    'As stimulating to the mind as a good walk in the bush.' — Bill Garner

    'An absorbing exploration of the story of bushwalking in Australia. It's a well researched history, not just of walking, but of our changing relationship to the natural environment, of coming to know its unique beauty and its power to both inspire and restore the body and spirit. A compelling read for anyone who loves the Australian bush.' — Patti Miller

    '...a splendid social history, one so entertaining and revealing that you wonder why it hasn't been done before.' — Amanda Lohrey

    'Slip this book in your swag – and step into adventure.' — Tom Griffiths



    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
  • WILD NATURE : Walking Australia's South East Forests
    WILD NATURE : Walking Australia's South East Forests
    BLAY JOHN
    ISBN: 9781742236902
    Title: WILD NATURE : Walking Australia's South East Forests
    Author: BLAY JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An epic journey of discovery into the heart of a vast and contested Australian wilderness.

    In Wild Nature John Blay laces up his walking boots and goes bush to explore Australia’s rugged southeast forests – stretching from Canberra to the coast and on to Wilsons Promontory – in a great circle from his home in Bermagui. In this compelling book, the bestselling author of On Track charts the forests’ natural history, their Indigenous history and the first European incursions, the forest wars, the establishment of the South East Forests National Park, and the threats that continue to face their existence, including devastating bushfires. Along the way Blay asks the big questions. What do we really know about these wild forests? How did the forests come to be the way they are? What is the importance of wild nature to our civilisation?

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • WILD PLACES
    WILD PLACES
    MACFARLANE ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781783784493
    Title: WILD PLACES
    Author: MACFARLANE ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new cover edition of the classic bestseller of British nature writing.

    Are there any genuinely wild places left in Britain and Ireland? Or have we tarmacked, farmed and built ourselves out of wildness?

    In his vital, bewitching, inspiring classic, Robert Macfarlane sets out in search of the wildness that remains.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WILDWOOD : A JOURNEY THROUGH TREES
    WILDWOOD : A JOURNEY THROUGH TREES
    DEAKIN ROGER
    ISBN: 9780141010014
    Title: WILDWOOD : A JOURNEY THROUGH TREES
    Author: DEAKIN ROGER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Roger Deakin's "Wildwood" is a much loved classic of nature writing.

    "Wildwood" is about the element wood, as it exists in nature, in our souls, in our culture and our lives. From the walnut tree at his Suffolk home, Roger Deakin embarks upon a quest that takes him through Britain, across Europe, to Central Asia and Australia, in search of what lies behind man's profound and enduring connection with wood and with trees. Meeting woodlanders of all kinds, he lives in shacks and cabins, travels in search of the wild apple groves of Kazakhstan, goes coppicing in Suffolk, swims beneath the walnut trees of the Haut-Languedoc, and hunts bush plums with Aboriginal women in the outback.

    Perfect for fans of Robert Macfarlane and Colin Tudge, Roger Deakin's unmatched exploration of our relationship with trees is autobiography, history, traveller's tale and incisive work in natural history. It will take you into the heart of the woods, where we go 'to grow, learn and change'.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WINE TRAILS - Australia & New Zealand
    WINE TRAILS - Australia & New Zealand
    ISBN: 9781787017696
    Title: WINE TRAILS - Australia & New Zealand
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Following the success of Wine Trails, we now bring you 40 perfect weekends in Australia and New Zealand wine country, introducing vineyards in regions including the Clare Valley, Margaret River, Hawkes Bay, Tamar Valley and Marlborough, as well as celebrating secret gems off the beaten path.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • WITHOUT EVER REACHING THE SUMMIT
    WITHOUT EVER REACHING THE SUMMIT
    COGNETTI PAOLO
    ISBN: 9781787302273
    Title: WITHOUT EVER REACHING THE SUMMIT
    Author: COGNETTI PAOLO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: October 2020 New Release

    An awestruck love letter to one of the most spectacular places on earth, from the author of international bestseller The Eight Mountains

    Paolo Cognetti marked his 40th birthday with a journey he had always wanted to make- to Dolpo, a remote Himalayan region where Nepal meets Tibet. He took with him two friends, a notebook, mules and guides, and a well-worn copy of The Snow Leopard. Written in 1978, Matthiessen's classic was also turning forty, and Cognetti set out to walk in the footsteps of the great adventurer.

    Without Ever Reaching the Summit combines travel journal, secular pilgrimage, literary homage and sublime mountain writing in a short book for readers of Macfarlane, Rebanks and Cognetti's own bestseller, The Eight Mountains. An investigation into the author's physical limits, an ancient mountain culture, and the magnificence of nature, it is an awestruck love letter to one of the most spectacular places on earth.

    Imprint: Harvill Secker
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • WORST JOURNEY IN THE WORLD
    WORST JOURNEY IN THE WORLD
    CHERRY-GARRARD APSLEY
    ISBN: 9780099530374
    Title: WORST JOURNEY IN THE WORLD
    Author: CHERRY-GARRARD APSLEY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Worst Journey in the World is a gripping account of an expedition gone disastrously wrong. One of the youngest members of Scott's team, Apsley Cherry-Garrard was later part of the rescue party that found the frozen bodies of Scott and the three men who had accompanied him on the final push to the Pole. Despite the horrors that Scott and his men eventually faced, Cherry-Garrard's account is filled with details of scientific discovery and anecdotes of human resilience in a harsh environment, supported by diary excerpts and accounts from other explorers. A masterpiece of travel writing, The Worst Journey in the World is the most celebrated and compelling of all the books on Antarctic exploration.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • YEAR IN PARIS : Season by Season in the City of Light
    YEAR IN PARIS : Season by Season in the City of Light
    BAXTER JOHN
    ISBN: 9780062846884
    Title: YEAR IN PARIS : Season by Season in the City of Light
    Author: BAXTER JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    From the incomparable John Baxter, the bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World, a sumptuous and definitive portrait of Paris through the seasons, highlighting the unique tastes, sights, and changing personality of the city in spring, summer, fall, and winter.

    When the common people of France revolted in 1789, one of the first ways they chose to correct the excesses of the monarchy and the church was to rename the months of the year. Selected by poet and playwright Philippe-Francois-Nazaire Fabre, these new names reflected what took place at that season in the natural world; Fructidor was the month of fruit, Floréal that of flowers, while the winter wind (vent) dominated Ventôse.

    Though the names didn't stick, these seasonal rhythms of the year continue to define Parisians, as well as travelers to the city. As acclaimed author and long-time Paris resident John Baxter himself recollects, “My own arrival in France took place in Nivôse, the month of snow, and continued in Pluviôse, the season of rain. To someone coming from Los Angeles, where seasons barely existed, the shock was visceral. Struggling to adjust, I found reassurance in the literature, music, even the cuisine of my adoptive country, all of which marched to the inaudible drummer of the seasons.”

    Devoting a section of the book to each of Fabre's months, Baxter draws upon Paris's literary, cultural and artistic past to paint an affecting, unforgettable portrait of the city. Touching upon the various ghosts of Paris past, from Hemingway and Zelda Fitzgerald, to Claude Debussy to MFK Fisher to Francois Mitterrand, Baxter evokes the rhythms of the seasons in the City of Light, and the sense of wonder they can arouse for all who visit and live there.

    A melange of history, travel reportage, and myth, of high culture and low, A Year in Paris is vintage John Baxter: a vicarious thrill ride for anyone who loves Paris.

    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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