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  • 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
  • DANUBE
    DANUBE
    MAGRIS CLAUDIO
    ISBN: 9781784871314
    Title: DANUBE
    Author: MAGRIS CLAUDIO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this fascinating journey Claudio Magris, whose knowledge is encyclopaedic and whose curiosity limitless, guides his reader from the source of the Danube in the Bavarian hills through Austro-Hungary and the Balkans to the Black Sea. Along the way he raises the ghosts that inhabit the houses and monuments - from Ovid to Kafka and Canetti - and in so doing sets his finger on the pulse of Central Europe, the vital crucible of a culture that draws on influences of East and West, of Christendom and Islam.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DARK SKIES : A Practical Guide to Astrotourism
    DARK SKIES : A Practical Guide to Astrotourism
    ISBN: 9781788686198
    Title: DARK SKIES : A Practical Guide to Astrotourism
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Discover the best stargazing destinations with Lonely Planet's Dark Skies, the world's first guide to astrotourism. This comprehensive companion includes guides to 35 dark-sky parks, where to see the aurora, total solar eclipses, how to view rocket launches and the lowdown on commercial space flight.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DEEP SOUTH : FOUR SEASONS ON BACK ROADS
    DEEP SOUTH : FOUR SEASONS ON BACK ROADS
    THEROUX PAUL
    ISBN: 9780241969359
    Title: DEEP SOUTH : FOUR SEASONS ON BACK ROADS
    Author: THEROUX PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    On road trips spanning four seasons, wending along rural highways, Paul Theroux travels to America's Deep South to uncover the truth behind the myths, the fictions and the lies. He visits gun shows and small-town churches, labourers in Arkansas, and parts of Mississippi where they still call the farm up the road 'the plantation'. He talks to mayors and social workers, writers and reverends, the working poor and farming families: the unsung heroes of the South, from those who never left to those who returned home to rebuild a place they could never live without.

    'Wonderful writing. This is his best work of non-fiction. If acted upon, it may prove to be his most important.' Sunday Herald

    'Engrossing. Reminds us that despite poverty everyone has a story to tell and it's the writer's job to bear such testimony.' Financial Times

    'The preeminent American travel writer of the last half-century. Deep South works because Theroux is a master of his craft, but also because he has just the right amount of road-weary wisdom to counter centuries of mythmaking. He does all this with clarity and charm.' Washington Post

    'Casts an ever-sharp eye over life, history, community and hospitality below the Mason-Dixon line.' Wanderlust



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • DOWN UNDER : Travels in a Sunburned Country
    DOWN UNDER : Travels in a Sunburned Country
    BRYSON BILL
    ISBN: 9781784161835
    Title: DOWN UNDER : Travels in a Sunburned Country
    Author: BRYSON BILL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Forget Crocodile Dundee, Castlemaine XXXX and the 2000 Sydney Olympics - Bill Bryson is the man to put Australia on the map.

    Bill Bryson has traversed the length and breadth of Australia to bring us his first major new book since the bestselling A Walk in the Woods. Bryson is a household name, synonymous with laugh-out-loud humour, uncontrolled sniggering and spontaneous outbursts of chortling.

    Down Under will reinforce his reputation as the best-loved travel writer and humorist of our day. No worries! What greeted Bill Bryson when he visited Australia was rather different to what he'd imagined. It is a country that exists on a vast scale. It is the driest, flattest, hottest, most dessicated, infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents, and still it teems with life, a large proportion of it quite deadly! A country where even the fluffiest of caterpillars can lay one out with a toxic nip, where seashells will not just sting but GO for one! One may be fatally chomped by sharks, or crocodiles, or carried hopelessly out to sea by irresistible currents, or left to stagger to an unhappy death in the baking outback.

    Bill Bryson ignored such dangers, and promptly fell in love with the country! And who can blame him? The people are cheerful, the food excellent, the beer always cold, the sun nearly always shines. Life doesn't get much better than this!

    Imprint: Black Swan
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DUBAI : THE STORY OF THE WORLDS FASTEST CITY
    DUBAI : THE STORY OF THE WORLDS FASTEST CITY
    KRANE JIM
    ISBN: 9781782397601
    Title: DUBAI : THE STORY OF THE WORLDS FASTEST CITY
    Author: KRANE JIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Today, Dubai is a city of shimmering skyscrapers attracting thousands of tourists every year. Yet just sixty years ago Dubai's population scraped a living by picking dates, diving for pearls, or sailing in wooden dhows to trade with Iran and India.

    Dubai is everything the rest of the Arab world is not. Until recently it was the fastest-growing city in the world, with an economy whose growth outpaced China's while luring more tourists than all of India. The city has become a metaphor for the lush life, where the wealthy mingle in gilded splendour and luxury cars fill the streets, yet it is also beset by a backwash of bad design, environmental degradation and controversial labour practices. Dubai tells its unique story.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • EPIC BIKE RIDES OF THE AMERICAS
    EPIC BIKE RIDES OF THE AMERICAS
    ISBN: 9781788682572
    Title: EPIC BIKE RIDES OF THE AMERICAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: August 2018 New Release

    Discover 200 of North, Central and South America's best and most celebrated cycling routes, from epic adventures off the beaten track to shorter urban rides. Go bikepacking in Baja, road riding in Colombia, mountain biking in Canada and gravel riding in Pennsylvania.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • EPIC BIKE RIDES OF THE WORLD
    EPIC BIKE RIDES OF THE WORLD
    ISBN: 9781788683036
    Title: EPIC BIKE RIDES OF THE WORLD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Discover 200 of the best places to ride a bike in this beautifully illustrated hardback. From family-friendly, sightseeing urban rides to epic adventures off the beaten track. Destinations range from France and Italy, for the world's great bike races, to the wilds of Mongolia and Patagonia. These journeys will inspire - whether you are an experienced cyclist or just getting started. The book is organised by continent. In the Americas we join a family bikepacking trip in Ecuador; we pedal the Natchez Trace Parkway and stop at legendary music spots; we ride the Pacific Coast Highway in Oregon and California; go mountain biking in Moab and Canada; and explore the cities of Buenos Aires and New York by bicycle. European rides include easy-going trips around Lake Constance, along the Danube and the Loire, and coast-to-coast routes; routes in Tuscany, Spain and Corsica; and professional journeys up Mt Ventoux and around the Tour of Flanders. In Asia, we venture through Vietnam's valleys; complete the Mae Hong Son circuit in northern Thailand; cross the Indian Himalayas; and pedal through Bhutan. And in Australia and New Zealand we take in Tasmania and Queensland by mountain bike; cycle into Victoria's high country and around Adelaide on road bikes; and try some of New Zealand's celebrated cycle trails.

    Each ride is illustrated with stunning photography and a map. A toolkit of practical details - where to start and finish, how to get there, where to stay and more - helps riders plan their own trips. There are also suggestions for three more similar rides around the world for each story. Each piece shows how cycling is a fantastic way to get to know a place, a people and their culture.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • EPIC CONTINENT : Adventures in the Great Stories of Europe
    EPIC CONTINENT : Adventures in the Great Stories of Europe
    JUBBER NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9781473665736
    Title: EPIC CONTINENT : Adventures in the Great Stories of Europe
    Author: JUBBER NICHOLAS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    These are the stories that made Europe.

    Journeying from Turkey to Iceland, award-winning travel writer Nicholas Jubber takes us on a fascinating adventure through our continent's most enduring epic poems to learn how they were shaped by their times, and how they have since shaped us.

    The great European epics were all inspired by moments of seismic change: The Odyssey tells of the aftermath of the Trojan War, the primal conflict from which much of European civilisation was spawned. The Song of the Nibelungen tracks the collapse of a Germanic kingdom on the edge of the Roman Empire. Both the French Song of Roland and the Serbian Kosovo Cycle emerged from devastating conflicts between Christian and Muslim powers. Beowulf, the only surviving Old English epic, and the great Icelandic Saga of Burnt Njal, respond to times of great religious struggle - the shift from paganism to Christianity. These stories have stirred passions ever since they were composed, motivating armies and revolutionaries, and they continue to do so today.

    Reaching back into the ancient and medieval eras in which these defining works were produced, and investigating their continuing influence today, Epic Continent explores how matters of honour, fundamentalism, fate, nationhood, sex, class and politics have preoccupied the people of Europe across the millennia. In these tales soaked in blood and fire, Nicholas Jubber discovers how the world of gods and emperors, dragons and water-maidens, knights and princesses made our own: their deep impact on European identity, and their resonance in our turbulent times.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • EPIC DRIVES OF THE WORLD
    EPIC DRIVES OF THE WORLD
    ISBN: 9781786578648
    Title: EPIC DRIVES OF THE WORLD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This beautifully illustrated hardcover features 50 classic road trips, with 150 additional suggestions for both long and short drives. Each trip includes a first-hand description, map, practical details, and gorgeous, full-color photography. Drives include Hawaii's Hana Highway, Australia's Great Ocean Road, and the Pamir Highway in Central Asia.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • EPIC HIKES OF THE WORLD
    EPIC HIKES OF THE WORLD
    ISBN: 9781787014176
    Title: EPIC HIKES OF THE WORLD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    With stories of 50 incredible hiking routes in 30 countries, from New Zealand to Peru, plus a further 150 suggestions, Lonely Planet's Epic Hikes of the World will inspire a lifetime of adventure on foot. From one-day jaunts and urban trails to month-long thru-hikes, cultural rambles and mountain expeditions, each journey featured is truly epic.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • EPIC RUNS OF THE WORLD
    EPIC RUNS OF THE WORLD
    ISBN: 9781788681261
    Title: EPIC RUNS OF THE WORLD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Explore 50 of the world's greatest running routes, from short urban runs to cross-country trails and must-do marathons. Entries include China's Great Wall Marathon, the Amalfi Coast's Path of the Gods, Australia's Blue Mountains ultra, the 10k Great Ethiopian Run, Chicago's Lakefront Trail and the Barkley Marathons.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
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