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  • 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
  • VANLIFE COMPANION
    VANLIFE COMPANION
    ISBN: 9781787018488
    Title: VANLIFE COMPANION
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • 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
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • WANDERING VINE : Wine the Romans and Me
    WANDERING VINE : Wine the Romans and Me
    CAPLAN NINA
    ISBN: 9781472938442
    Title: WANDERING VINE : Wine the Romans and Me
    Author: CAPLAN NINA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Wine is alive, ageing and changing, but it's also a triumph over death. These grapes should rot. Instead they ferment. What better magic potion could there be, to convey us to the past?'

    Impelled by a dual thirst, for wine and for knowledge, Nina Caplan follows the vine into the past, wandering from Champagne's ancient chalk to the mountains of Campania, via the crumbling Roman ruins that flank the river Rhône and the remote slopes of Priorat in Catalonia. She meets people whose character, stubbornness and sometimes, borderline craziness makes their wine great: an intrepid Englishman planting on rabbit-infested Downs, a glamorous eagle-chasing Spaniard and an Italian lawyer obsessed with reviving Falernian, legendary wine of the Romans. In the course of her travels, she drinks a lot and learns a lot: about dead conquerors and living wines, forgotten zealots and – in vino veritas, as Pliny said – about herself.

    In this lyrical and charming book, Nina Caplan drinks in order to remember and travels in order to understand the meaning of home. This is narrative travel writing at its best.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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
  • WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS : THE MAKINGS OF A TRAVELLER
    WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS : THE MAKINGS OF A TRAVELLER
    MURPHY DERVLA
    ISBN: 9781906011406
    Title: WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS : THE MAKINGS OF A TRAVELLER
    Author: MURPHY DERVLA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A first-hand account of the life of travel writer Dervla Murphy in which she tells of her early life in Lismore, Co. Waterford, in her rather unusual household. Her father was the county librarian and her mother a chronic invalid. An only child, Dervla was allowed from the age of seven to freely roam on her own. At ten, she cycled ten miles to a local mountain, climbed it, then lost herself on the way down, and was forced to stay out all night - much to the distress of her parents. Living in a house that was crumbling around their ears, she reveals how her family hid a Republican who was later hanged, how she tested herself (with hot water) to increase her pain threshold, how she avoided an insane and shrieking maid, who was convinced that Dervla's parents were fried eggs, and how she helped another maid give birth under the kitchen table. An early love of books and writing, led her to enter a writing competition arranged by a local newspaper, and she won first prize for five weeks in a row.

    Imprint: ELAND
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • WHITE DARKNESS
    WHITE DARKNESS
    GRANN DAVID
    ISBN: 9781471178023
    Title: WHITE DARKNESS
    Author: GRANN DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One man's perilous quest to cross Antarctica in the footsteps of Shackleton.

    Henry Worsley was a devoted husband and father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honour and sacrifice. He was also a man obsessed. He spent his life idolizing Ernest Shackleton, the 19th-century polar explorer, who tried to become the first person to reach the South Pole and later sought to cross Antarctica on foot. Shackleton never completed his journeys, but he repeatedly rescued his men from certain death and emerged as one of the greatest leaders in history.

    Worsley felt an overpowering connection to those expeditions. He was related to one of Shackleton's men, Frank Worsley, and spent a fortune collecting artefacts from their epic treks across the continent. He modelled his military command on Shackleton's legendary skills and was determined to measure his own powers of endurance against them. He would succeed where Shackleton had failed, in the most brutal landscape in the world.

    In 2008, Worsley set out across Antarctica with two other descendants of Shackleton's crew, battling the freezing, desolate landscape, life-threatening physical exhaustion and hidden crevasses. Yet when he returned home he felt compelled to go back. On November 2015, at age 55, Worsley bid farewell to his family and embarked on his most perilous quest: to walk across Antarctica alone.

    David Grann tells Worsley's remarkable story with the intensity and power that have led him to be called ‘simply the best narrative nonfiction writer working today’. Illustrated with more than 50 stunning photographs from Worsley's and Shackleton's journeys, The White Darkness is both a gorgeous keepsake volume and a spellbinding story of courage, love and a man pushing himself to the extremes of human capacity.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WINE TRAILS - Australia & New Zealand
    WINE TRAILS - Australia & New Zealand
    ISBN: 9781787017696
    Title: WINE TRAILS - Australia & New Zealand
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
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