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  • 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
  • WALKING TO JERUSALEM
    WALKING TO JERUSALEM
    BUTCHER JUSTIN
    ISBN: 9781473673694
    Title: WALKING TO JERUSALEM
    Author: BUTCHER JUSTIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2019 New Release

    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: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • WALKS IN NATURE : Australia 2nd ed : Easy Escapes into Unspoiled Landscapes Complete with Foodie Stops
    WALKS IN NATURE : Australia 2nd ed : Easy Escapes into Unspoiled Landscapes Complete with Foodie Stops
    CARLILE ANNA
    ISBN: 9781741176490
    Title: WALKS IN NATURE : Australia 2nd ed : Easy Escapes into Unspoiled Landscapes Complete with Foodie Stops
    Author: CARLILE ANNA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2019 New Release

    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
  • WANDERING VINE : Wine The Romans and Me
    WANDERING VINE : Wine The Romans and Me
    CAPLAN NINA
    ISBN: 9781472938459
    Title: WANDERING VINE : Wine The Romans and Me
    Author: CAPLAN NINA
    Format: PAPER 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: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • ZEN AND SOCKS : An Artist's Year in Japan
    ZEN AND SOCKS : An Artist's Year in Japan
    WILLIAMSON KATE T
    ISBN: 9781912827305
    Title: ZEN AND SOCKS : An Artist's Year in Japan
    Author: WILLIAMSON KATE T
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2019 New Release


    Imprint: MODERN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
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