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  • TWO TREES MAKE A FOREST
    TWO TREES MAKE A FOREST
    LEE JESSICA J
    ISBN: 9780349011059
    Title: TWO TREES MAKE A FOREST
    Author: LEE JESSICA J
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2019 New Release

    I have learned many words for 'island': isle, atoll, eyot, islet, or skerry. They exist in archipelagos or alone, and always, by definition, I have understood them by their relation to water. But the Chinese word for island knows nothing of water. For a civilisation grown inland from the sea, the vastness of mountains was a better analogue: (dao, 'island') built from the relationship between earth and sky.

    Between tectonic plates and conflicting cultures, Taiwan is an island of extremes: high mountains, exposed flatlands, thick forests. After unearthing a hidden memoir of her grandfather's life, written on the cusp of his total memory loss, Jessica J Lee hunts his story, in parallel with exploring Taiwan, hoping to understand the quakes that brought her family from China, to Taiwan and Canada, and the ways in which our human stories are interlaced with geographical forces. Part-nature writing, part-biography, TWO TREES MAKES A FOREST traces the natural and human stories that shaped an island and a family.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • UNDERLAND : A Deep Time Journey
    UNDERLAND : A Deep Time Journey
    MACFARLANE ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780241143803
    Title: UNDERLAND : A Deep Time Journey
    Author: MACFARLANE ROBERT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the bestselling, multi-award-winning author of Landmarks, The Old Ways and The Lost Words - an unmissable journey into the hidden worlds beneath our feet.

    'Into the underland we have long placed that which we fear and wish to lose, and that which we love and wish to save . . . '

    From the vast underground mycelial networks by which trees communicate to the ice-blue depths of glacial moulins, and from North Yorkshire to the Lofoten Islands, Robert Macfarlane traces a voyage through the worlds beneath our feet. He reaches back into the deep history of the planet, through the layers of rock and ancient buried objects, and forward to the future, the legacy of the anthropocene and the world we bequeath our descendants. Underland is Macfarlane at his dazzling best - the lyrical, the political and the philosophical come together in this profound exploration of the relationship between landscape and the human heart.

    Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • UNLIKELY VOYAGE OF JACK DE CROW
    UNLIKELY VOYAGE OF JACK DE CROW
    MACKINNON A J
    ISBN: 9781863956659
    Title: UNLIKELY VOYAGE OF JACK DE CROW
    Author: MACKINNON A J
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'A couple of quiet weeks sailing the River Severn was the intention. Somehow things got out of hand - a year later I had reached Romania and was still going...' Truly hilarious books are rare. Even rarer are those based on real events. Join A.J. Mackinnon, your charming and eccentric guide, on an amazing voyage in a boat called Jack de Crow. Equipped with his cheerful optimism and a pith helmet, this Australian Odysseus in a dinghy travels from the borders of North Wales to the Black Sea - 4,900 kilometres over salt and fresh water, under sail, at the oars, or at the end of a tow-rope - through twelve countries, 282 locks and numerous trials and adventures, including an encounter with Balkan pirates. Along the way he experiences the kindness of strangers, gets very lost, and perfects the art of slow travel.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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
  • USA
    USA
    11TH EDITION
    ISBN: 9781787017870
    Title: USA
    Author: 11TH EDITION
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: March 2020 New Release

    Lonely Planet's USA is your most up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Gaze into the chasm of the Grand Canyon, hang ten on a Hawaiian wave, and let southern music and food stir your soul- all with your trusted travel companion.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • VANLIFE COMPANION
    VANLIFE COMPANION
    ISBN: 9781787018488
    Title: VANLIFE COMPANION
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Hit the open road with this practical and inspiring guide. In the first half, you'll discover how to choose and customise your perfect van, and get it fitted for sleeping, cooking and storage. In part two, we'll tell you how to stay safe, save money and park legally, then share the best road trips around the world, complete with itineraries.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • VANLIFE DIARIES : Finding Freedom on the Open Road
    VANLIFE DIARIES : Finding Freedom on the Open Road
    MORTON KATHLEEN
    ISBN: 9781741176759
    Title: VANLIFE DIARIES : Finding Freedom on the Open Road
    Author: MORTON KATHLEEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Vanlife Diaries celebrates the nomadic lifestyle and community through interviews, advice for living on the road, and more than two hundred photos of these tiny rolling homes. Step into the world of a new generation of modern gypsies: a range of professionals and creatives who have ditched
    conventional houses for the freedom of the road and the beauty of the outdoors.

    The book features vanlifers, their pets, and their converted vans and buses, VWs, Sprinters, Toyotas, and more, as well as the stunning natural locations that are part of the movement's inspiration.


    Interviews and narrative captions share the stories of these dreamers and seekers, their inspiration for downsizing, how they found and converted their vehicle, and what it?s like to work and live on the road.

    Imprint: EXPLORE
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • VEGAN TRAVEL HANDBOOK
    VEGAN TRAVEL HANDBOOK
    ISBN: 9781788687584
    Title: VEGAN TRAVEL HANDBOOK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Whether you've been vegan for years or are travelling as one for the first time, this guide is packed with insight and advice on where to go, and the best vegan restaurants, accommodation and cities. From cooking classes in India to wildlife watching tours in New Zealand, Lonely Planet shows you how to explore the world on a plant-based diet.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • VENICE
    VENICE
    MORRIS JAN
    ISBN: 9780571322794
    Title: VENICE
    Author: MORRIS JAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Often hailed as one of the best travel books ever written, Venice is neither a guide nor a history book, but a beautifully-written immersion in Venetian life and character, set against the background of the city's past. Analysing the particular temperament of Venetians, as well as its waterways, its architecture, its bridges, its tourists, its curiosities, its smells, sounds, lights and colours, there is scarcely a corner of Venice that Jan Morris has not investigated and brought vividly to life.

    Jan Morris first visited the city of Venice as young James Morris, during World War II. As she writes in the introduction,"it is Venice seen through a particular pair of eyes at a particular moment - young eyes at that, responsive above all to the stimuli of youth." Venice is an impassioned work on this magnificent but often maddening city.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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
  • WALKING TO JERUSALEM
    WALKING TO JERUSALEM
    BUTCHER JUSTIN
    ISBN: 9781473673694
    Title: WALKING TO JERUSALEM
    Author: BUTCHER JUSTIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    2017 marked three important anniversaries for the Palestinian people: 100 years since the Balfour Declaration; 50 years since the Six-day War; and ten years since the Blockade of Gaza. As an act of penance, solidarity and hope, actor and musician Justin Butcher - along with ten other companions for the full route, plus another hundred joining him for various stretches along the way - walked from London to Jerusalem.
    This book is the record of his journey: a combination of walking journal, travel writing and pilgrim stories. It's less of a travel guide to walking across Europe and more an exploration of the many strands radiating from the Holy Land and its narrative, weaving paths across place and history, through the lives of Justin's fellow-walkers - and, of course, his own life.

    Between the route itinerary and the themes of Balfour and Christian Zionism, Weizmann and cordite, colonialism, Jerusalem Syndrome and Desert spirituality, Justin charts a chronicle of serendipity: happenstances hilarious, infuriating and occasionally numinous - or, as pilgrims might say, encounters with the Divine.

    Imprint: HODDER HEADLINE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    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
  • 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
  • WELL AT THE WORLDS END
    WELL AT THE WORLDS END
    MACKINNON A J
    ISBN: 9781863956666
    Title: WELL AT THE WORLDS END
    Author: MACKINNON A J
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When A.J. Mackinnon quits his job in Australia, he knows only that he longs to travel to the Well at the World's End, a mysterious pool on a remote Scottish island whose waters, legend has it, hold the secret to eternal youth. Determined not to fly ('It would feel like cheating'), he sets out with a rucksack, some fireworks and a map of the world and trusts chance to take care of the rest. By land and by sea, by train, truck, horse and yacht, he makes his way across the globe - and through a series of hilarious adventures. He survives a bus crash in Australia, marries a princess in Laos, is attacked by Komodo dragons and does time in a Chinese jail. The next lift - or the next near-miss - is always just a happy accident away. This is the astonishing true story of a remarkable voyage, an old-fashioned quest by a modern-day adventurer.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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