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  • A-Z OF WILDLIFE WATCHING
    A-Z OF WILDLIFE WATCHING
    ISBN: 9781787014312
    Title: A-Z OF WILDLIFE WATCHING
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2018 NEW RELEAS


    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • BARCELONA
    BARCELONA
    HUGHES ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781860468247
    Title: BARCELONA
    Author: HUGHES ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Robert Hughes has been visiting Barcelona since the 1960s and he has written an epic tribute to a city he loves. He tells the story of the growth of this Mediterranean metropolis from its origins as a Roman colonial town to the twentieth century, examining its relationship to the rest of Catalunya, to Spain and to the wider European world. Much of Barcelona's history is reflected in its architecture and Hughes builds his history around the stones of the city but his account is also rich in political and military drama and the actions of remarkable personalities. He introduces the reader to Barcelona's painting, poetry, folklore, language, food and much more. He also addresses the paradoxical question of Catalan identity, a people simultaneously so Spanish and yet so un-Spanish. Hughes's Barcelona has become, as it deserves to be, the standard work on the city in English.

    Imprint: HARVILL
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEAST : RIDING THE RAILS AND DODGING NARCOS ON THE MIGRANT TRAIL
    BEAST : RIDING THE RAILS AND DODGING NARCOS ON THE MIGRANT TRAIL
    MARTINEZ OSCAR
    ISBN: 9781781682975
    Title: BEAST : RIDING THE RAILS AND DODGING NARCOS ON THE MIGRANT TRAIL
    Author: MARTINEZ OSCAR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One day a couple of years ago, 300 migrants were kidnapped between the remote, dusty border towns of Altar, Mexico, and Sasabe, Arizona. Over half of them were never heard from again.

    Oscar Martinez, a young writer from El Salvador, was in Altar at the time of the abduction, and his story of the migrant disappearances is only one of the harrowing stories he tells after spending two years traveling up and down the migrant trail from Central America to the US border.

    More than a quarter of a million Central Americans make this increasingly dangerous journey each year, and last year 18,000 of them were kidnapped. Martinez writes in beautiful, lyrical prose about clinging to the tops of freight trains; finding respite, work and hardship in shelters and brothels; and riding shotgun with the border patrol. Here is the first book to illuminate this harsh mass migration in the age of the narcotraficantes.

    'The Beast is extraordinary, first, for the courage that Martinez summoned to write it; and, second, for the hidden lives he reveals. No other writer has got this close to a migration that Amnesty International estimates left 70,000 unaccounted for between 2006 and 2012. Read together, the vivid personal stories told here have the force of a novel' Financial Times

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BEAST THE EMPEROR AND THE MILKMAN : A Bone-shaking Tour Through Cycling's Flemish Heartlands
    BEAST THE EMPEROR AND THE MILKMAN : A Bone-shaking Tour Through Cycling's Flemish Heartlands
    PEARSON HARRY
    ISBN: 9781472945044
    Title: BEAST THE EMPEROR AND THE MILKMAN : A Bone-shaking Tour Through Cycling's Flemish Heartlands
    Author: PEARSON HARRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Every nation shapes sport to test the character traits it most admires.
    In The Beast, the Emperor and the Milkman, committed Belgophile and road cycling obsessive Harry Pearson takes you on a journey across Flanders, through the lumpy horizontal rain, up the elbow juddering cobbled inclines, past the fans dressed as chickens and the shop window displays of constipation medicines, as he follows races big, small and even smaller through one glorious, muddy spring.
    Ranging over 500 years of Flemish and European history, across windswept polders, along back roads and through an awful lot of beer cafes, Pearson examines the characters, the myths and rivalries that make Flanders a place where cycling is a religion and the riders its lycra-clad priests.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BEER IN THE LOIRE
    BEER IN THE LOIRE
    BARNES TOMMY
    ISBN: 9781999613563
    Title: BEER IN THE LOIRE
    Author: BARNES TOMMY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: September 2019 New Releas

    Tommy Barnes was at breaking point, frustrated by a dead-end job, fed up with renting in London and, to cap it all, failing to make it as a stand-up comedian. But he didn't break - instead he made himself redundant and took off to France with girlfriend Rose to pursue his dream of brewing beer.
    Settled in a dilapidated house in the Loire they are plagued by calamities (mainly of Tommy's making), boisterous neighbours and an unexpected pregnancy. Not to mention, Burt the Satanic dog who truly has it in for his master. Featuring colourful characters, a stunning location, and an inspiring collection of beer recipes, this is an irresistible feast of humour and heart.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • BEGINNERS GUIDE TO JAPAN : Observations and Provocations
    BEGINNERS GUIDE TO JAPAN : Observations and Provocations
    IYER PICO
    ISBN: 9781526611536
    Title: BEGINNERS GUIDE TO JAPAN : Observations and Provocations
    Author: IYER PICO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: September 2019 New Releas

    A playful and profound guide to the enigma of contemporary Japan, from one of the most engaging and discerning travel writers of his generation
    After thirty-two years in Japan, Pico Iyer can use everything from anime to Oscar Wilde to show how his adopted home is both hauntingly familiar and the strangest place on earth. He draws on readings, reflections and conversations with Japanese friends to illuminate an unknown place for newcomers, and to give longtime residents a look at their home through fresh eyes.

    A Beginner's Guide to Japan is a playful and profound guidebook full of surprising, brief and incisive glimpses into Japanese culture. Iyer's adventures and observations as he travels from a meditation-hall to a love-hotel, from West Point to Kyoto Station make for a constantly surprising series of provocations guaranteed to pique the interest and curiosity of those who don't know Japan, and to remind those who do of the wide range of fascinations the country and culture contain.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BELLS OF OLD TOKYO : Travels In Japanese Time
    BELLS OF OLD TOKYO : Travels In Japanese Time
    SHERMAN ANNA
    ISBN: 9781529000467
    Title: BELLS OF OLD TOKYO : Travels In Japanese Time
    Author: SHERMAN ANNA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In The Bells of Old Tokyo Anna Sherman explores Japan and revels in all its wonderful particularity. As a foreigner living in Tokyo, Sherman’s account takes pleasure and fascination in the history and culture of a country that can seem startlingly strange to an outsider.

    Following her search for the lost bells of the city – the bells by which its inhabitants kept time before the Jesuits introduced them to clocks – to her personal friendship with the owner of a small, exquisite cafe, who elevates the making and drinking of coffee to an art-form, here is Tokyo in its bewildering variety. From the love hotels of Shinjuku to the appalling fire-storms of 1945 (in which many more thousands of people died than in Hiroshima or Nagasaki), from the death of Mishima to the impact of the Tohoku earthquake of 2011.

    For fans of The Lonely City and Lost in Translation, The Bells of Old Tokyo is a beautiful and original portrait of Tokyo told through time.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEST OF DOISNEAU : PARIS
    BEST OF DOISNEAU : PARIS
    DOISNEAU ROBERT
    ISBN: 9782080202178
    Title: BEST OF DOISNEAU : PARIS
    Author: DOISNEAU ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The author's playful approach to capturing Parisian street scenes on camera earned him recognition as one of the twentieth centurys most important photographers. In this volume, he leads us on an entrancing tour into Parisian gardens, along the Seine, and through crowds of Parisians.

    Imprint: FLAMMARION
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BEYOND THE MAP : Unruly enclaves, ghostly places, emerging lands and our search for new utopias
    BEYOND THE MAP : Unruly enclaves, ghostly places, emerging lands and our search for new utopias
    BONNETT ALASTAIR
    ISBN: 9781781318034
    Title: BEYOND THE MAP : Unruly enclaves, ghostly places, emerging lands and our search for new utopias
    Author: BONNETT ALASTAIR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A follow on from the critically acclaimed Off the Map, this is a timely and fascinating discussion of place, ownership and ideas of state.

    Geography is getting stranger. Out there, fleets of new islands are under construction and micro-nations are struggling into the light. As new borders and boundaries ebb and flow with increasing speed, it feels as if our old maps are being discarded, redrawn or torn up.
    Alastair Bonnett uncovers the stories of thirty-nine extraordinary places, each of which challenges us to re-imagine the world around us. From emerging islands, disruptive enclaves and bold utopian visions to uncanny ruins, ghostly tunnels and hidden landscapes – these are destinations that lie beyond ordinary coordinates.

    Imprint: AURUM PRESS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BLOOD RIVER : A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart   -   (Vintage Voyages)
    BLOOD RIVER : A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart - (Vintage Voyages)
    BUTCHER TIM
    ISBN: 9781784875381
    Title: BLOOD RIVER : A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart - (Vintage Voyages)
    Author: BUTCHER TIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    VINTAGE VOYAGES- A world of journeys, from the tallest mountains to the depths of the mind

    When Daily Telegraph correspondent Tim Butcher was sent to cover Africa he quickly became obsessed with the idea of recreating H.M. Stanley's famous expedition - but travelling alone. Despite warnings that his plan was 'suicidal', Butcher set out for the Congo's eastern border with just a rucksack and a few thousand dollars hidden in his boots. Making his way in an assortment of vessels including a motorbike and a dugout canoe, helped along by a cast of characters from UN aid workers to a campaigning pygmy, he followed in the footsteps of the great Victorian adventurers.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BONNES VACANCES : A CRAZY FAMILY ADVENTURE IN THE FRENCH TERRITORIES
    BONNES VACANCES : A CRAZY FAMILY ADVENTURE IN THE FRENCH TERRITORIES
    MILLARD ROSIE
    ISBN: 9781849531498
    Title: BONNES VACANCES : A CRAZY FAMILY ADVENTURE IN THE FRENCH TERRITORIES
    Author: MILLARD ROSIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Looks like not many tourists visit St Pierre et Miquelon,' I mutter excitedly to Pip. 'That is why this trip is going to be so brilliant.' He looks at me questioningly. I am distracted by Gabriel's unusually pallid face. 'Oh my God, he's going to be sick.' Rosie set out on a tour of the French Overseas Departments and Territories (the 'Dom- Toms') with her husband and four young children, partly to make a documentary series but also to show the children it is possible to survive fourteen weeks without Hannah Montana. From Martinique to Reunion, crossing five continents, they eat stewed iguana, 400 croissants and - since the budget is small - copious amounts of Campbell's soup.
    Candid, darkly humorous and slightly mad, cut with a dash of French history, this memoir offers insights, amusement and hope for anyone who has ever travelled en famille.

    Imprint: SUMMERSDALE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BRAVE NEW WORLD REVISITED
    BRAVE NEW WORLD REVISITED
    HUXLEY ALDOUS
    ISBN: 9780099458234
    Title: BRAVE NEW WORLD REVISITED
    Author: HUXLEY ALDOUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In his 1932 classic dystopian novel, Brave New World, Aldous Huxley depicted a future society in thrall to science and regulated by sophisticated methods of social control.Nearly thirty years later in Brave New World Revisited, Huxley checked the progress of his prophecies against reality and argued that many of his fictional fantasies had grown uncomfortably close to the truth.Brave New World Revisited includes Huxley's views on overpopulation, propaganda, advertising and government control, and is an urgent and powerful appeal for the defence of individualism still alarmingly relevant today.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • CHIP SHOP IN POZNAN
    CHIP SHOP IN POZNAN
    AITKEN BEN
    ISBN: 9781785785580
    Title: CHIP SHOP IN POZNAN
    Author: AITKEN BEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: August 2018 New Release

    Not many Brits move to Poland to work in a fish and chip shop. Fewer still come back wanting to be a Member of the European Parliament.

    Travel writer Ben Aitken moved to Poland in 2016 to understand why the Poles were leaving. He booked the cheapest flight he could find, to a place he had never heard of - Poznan. This candid, funny and off-beat book is the account of his year in Poland, as an unlikely immigrant.

    Between peeling potatoes and boning fish, Ben spent time on the road travelling the country. He missed the bus to Auschwitz; stayed with a dozen nuns near Krakow; was offered a job by a Eurosceptic farmer and went to Gdansk to learn how Solidarity rose and communism fell.

    This is a bittersweet portrait of an unsung country, challenging stereotypes that Poland is a grey, ex-soviet land, and revealing a diverse country, rightfully proud of its colourful identity.

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • CITIES BOOK
    CITIES BOOK
    ISBN: 9781786577580
    Title: CITIES BOOK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Lonely Planet's bestselling The Cities Book is back. Fully revised and updated, it's a celebration of 200 of the world's great cities, beautifully photographed and packed with trip advice and recommendations from our experts - making it the perfect companion for any traveller deciding where to visit next.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $80.00

    Price: $80.00
  • CITY OF DJINNS : A YEAR IN DELHI
    CITY OF DJINNS : A YEAR IN DELHI
    DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780006375951
    Title: CITY OF DJINNS : A YEAR IN DELHI
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Could you show me a djinn?' I asked. 'Certainly,' replied the Sufi. 'But you would run away.' From the author of the Samuel Johnson prize shortlisted 'The Return of a King', this is William Dalrymple's captivating memoir of a year spent in Delhi, a city watched over and protected by the mischievous invisible djinns. Lodging with the beady-eyed Mrs Puri and encountering an extraordinary array of characters - from elusive eunuchs to the last remnants of the Raj - William Dalrymple comes to know the bewildering city intimately. He pursues Delhi's interlacing layers of history along narrow alleys and broad boulevards, brilliantly conveying its intoxicating mix of mysticism and mayhem. 'City of Djinns' is an astonishing and sensitive portrait of a city, and confirms William Dalrymple as one of the most compelling explorers of India's past and present.

    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CLIMBING DAYS
    CLIMBING DAYS
    RICHARDS DAN
    ISBN: 9780571311934
    Title: CLIMBING DAYS
    Author: RICHARDS DAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Climbing Days, Dan Richards is on the trail of his great-great-aunt, Dorothy Pilley, a prominent and pioneering mountaineer of the early twentieth century. For years, Dorothy and her husband, I. A. Richards, remained mysterious to Dan, but the chance discovery of her 1935 memoir, Climbing Days, leads him on a journey. Perhaps, in the mountains, he can meet them halfway?

    Following in the pair's footholds, Dan begins to travel and climb across Europe, using Dorothy's book as a guide. Learning the ropes in Wales and Scotland, scrambling in the Lake District, scaling summits in Spain and Switzerland, he closes in on the serrate pinnacle of Ivor and Dorothy's climbing lives, the mighty Dent Blanche in the high Alps of Valais.

    What emerges is a beautiful portrait of a trailblazing woman, up to now lost to history - but also a book about that eternal question: why do people climb mountains?

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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