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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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
  • WONDERS OF THE WORLD
    WONDERS OF THE WORLD
    ISBN: 9781788682329
    Title: WONDERS OF THE WORLD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: November 2019 New Release


    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $44.99
    Price: $44.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • YEAR OF LIVING DANISHLY
    YEAR OF LIVING DANISHLY
    RUSSELL HELEN
    ISBN: 9781785780233
    Title: YEAR OF LIVING DANISHLY
    Author: RUSSELL HELEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland, but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries.What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born, or made? Helen decides there is only one way to find out: she will give herself a year, trying to uncover the formula for Danish happiness.

    From childcare, education, food and interior design to SAD, taxes, sexism and an unfortunate predilection for burning witches, The Year of Living Danishly is a funny, poignant record of a journey that shows us where the Danes get it right, where they get it wrong, and how we might just benefit from living a little more Danishly ourselves.

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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