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  • 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
  • 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: August 2018 New Release

    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 CLASSICS
    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
  • 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
  • COAST TASMANIA : SEASCAPES FROM THE ROARING FORTIES
    COAST TASMANIA : SEASCAPES FROM THE ROARING FORTIES
    WILSON ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780992303686
    Title: COAST TASMANIA : SEASCAPES FROM THE ROARING FORTIES
    Author: WILSON ANDREW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Andrew Wilson has an eye for the dramatic and this is a very fresh pictorial portrait of Tasmania. There are extreme wilderness spots reached only by sea and some others of inhabited and favorite recreational areas, but all of them show the beauty and the extremes brought about by being in the path of the roaring forties.

    Andrew Wilson is fast being recognised as the preeminent contemporary Tasmanian photographer and this book supports and enhances that claim.

    Imprint: DIRECT FROM SUPPLIER
    RRP: $79.95

    Price: $79.95
  • COLOSSUS OF MAROUSSI
    COLOSSUS OF MAROUSSI
    MILLER HENRY
    ISBN: 9780141980546
    Title: COLOSSUS OF MAROUSSI
    Author: MILLER HENRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'Out of the sea, as if Homer himself had arranged it for me, the islands bobbed up, lonely, deserted, mysterious in the fading light'

    Enraptured by a young woman's account of the landscapes of Greece, Henry Miller set off to explore the Grecian countryside with his friend Lawrence Durrell in 1939. In The Colossus of Maroussi he describes drinking from sacred springs, nearly being trampled to death by sheep and encountering the flamboyant Greek poet Katsumbalis, who 'could galvanize the dead with his talk'. This lyrical classic of travel writing represented an epiphany in Miller's life, and is the book he would later cite as his favourite.

    'One of the five greatest travel books of all time.' Pico Iyer



    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $26.99
    Price: $26.99
  • COUCHSURFING IN RUSSIA : Friendships and Misadventures Behind Putin's Curtain
    COUCHSURFING IN RUSSIA : Friendships and Misadventures Behind Putin's Curtain
    ORTH STEPHAN
    ISBN: 9781760640231
    Title: COUCHSURFING IN RUSSIA : Friendships and Misadventures Behind Putin's Curtain
    Author: ORTH STEPHAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An unconventional travelogue of Russia, a country that inspires both fear and fascination.

    'In the late summer of 2016,' writes award-winning travel writer Stephan Orth, 'a journey to Russia feels like visiting enemy territory.'

    In this humorous and thought-provoking book, Orth ventures through that vast and mysterious land to uncover the real, unfiltered Russia not seen in today's headlines- authentic, bizarre, dangerous, and beautiful. Sidestepping the well-trod tourist path by staying with an eclectic array of hosts, he bumps into gun nuts, internet conspiracy theorists, faux shamans, and Putin fans; learns to drive in death-defying Russian style; and discovers how to cure hangovers by sniffing rye bread. But he also sees a darker side of the country, witnessing firsthand the effects of Putin's influence in the run-up to the American election and the power of propaganda in this 'post-fact' era.

    Weaving everything together with thoughtfulness and warmth, Orth follows the bestselling Couchsurfing in Iran with another complex, funny, and personal travelogue - a colourful portrait of a fascinating and misunderstood country.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CULTURE TRAILS
    CULTURE TRAILS
    ISBN: 9781786579683
    Title: CULTURE TRAILS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Hemingway's Cuba, jazz in New Orleans, the Italian Renaissance: whether it's art, music, literature or cinema, there's something for everyone in this follow-up to Wine Trails and Food Trails. We present ideas and itineraries for 52 weekends of culture heaven, packed with expert recommendations, maps and advice on how to get there and where to stay. We've searched the globe to find 52 cultural enclaves where the arts have had a profound, lasting impact and local culture is being protected and nurtured; where old customs hold true and new ones are being forged; and where the past is melding with the future in fascinating ways.

    Highlights include: Aboriginal art in Australia's Northern Territory On a classical high in Vienna Confronting Soviet ghosts in Bulgaria Exploring a Latin American literary legacy Myths and legends of old Hong Kong Discovering Havana's music scene Copenhagen's design and urban environment Oxford's storytellers Ancient religion of Ethiopia Finnish sauna culture Picasso on the Riviera Walking in the footsteps of Vikings Rajasthan's open-air art galleries Medici Florence Bob Marley reggae trail Taiwanese folklore reimagined Vintage Hollywood Deep South blues trail

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • CURIOSITIES AND SPLENDOUR : An anthology of classic travel literature
    CURIOSITIES AND SPLENDOUR : An anthology of classic travel literature
    ISBN: 9781788683029
    Title: CURIOSITIES AND SPLENDOUR : An anthology of classic travel literature
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: March 2019 New Release

    A collection of classic travel writing from great authors and adventurers, including Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain, The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron, In Morocco by Edith Wharton, The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard and A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella Bird.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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