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  • 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
  • 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: 9781760340834
    Title: EPIC BIKE RIDES OF THE WORLD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: $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: August 2018 New Release

    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: August 2018 New Release

    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
  • FAR AND AWAY : How Travel Can Change the World
    FAR AND AWAY : How Travel Can Change the World
    SOLOMON ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781784700720
    Title: FAR AND AWAY : How Travel Can Change the World
    Author: SOLOMON ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1991 Andrew Solomon rode a tank into Red Square in Moscow with a band of Russian artists protesting the coup after Gorbachev’s resignation. In 2002 he was in Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban; in 2014 he travelled to Myanmar to meet ex-political prisoners as the country slowly, fitfully pushed towards freedom. We find him in Greenland in 2001 researching widespread suffering from depression and on the quest for a rare bird in Zambia in 1998. Far and Away tells these and many other stories of profound upheaval. With his signature brilliance and compassion, Solomon demonstrates both how history is altered by individuals, and how personal identities are altered when governments alter.

    A journalist and essayist of remarkable perception and prescience, Solomon captures the essence of these cultures across seven continents and twenty-five years and tracks seismic shifts – cultural, political and spiritual. He takes us on a magnificent journey into the heart of extraordinarily diverse experiences, yet shows us the common humanity uniting peoples and places all over the world.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE
    FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE
    THEROUX PAUL
    ISBN: 9780241977507
    Title: FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE
    Author: THEROUX PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Drawing together classic Theroux pieces from the past 14 years, this new collection offers a comprehensive and deeply searching portrait of its acclaimed author - a kind of autobiography through work.

    Figures in a Landscape ranges from profiles of cultural icons (Oliver Sacks, Elizabeth Taylor, Robin Williams) to intimate personal remembrances; from thrilling adventures in Africa to literary writings from Theroux's rich and expansive personal reading. Collectively these pieces build up a fascinating portrait of Paul Theroux's restless, ever-curious mind.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • FIREFLIES OF AUTUMN : And Other Tales of San Ginese
    FIREFLIES OF AUTUMN : And Other Tales of San Ginese
    GIOVANNONI MORENO
    ISBN: 9781863959940
    Title: FIREFLIES OF AUTUMN : And Other Tales of San Ginese
    Author: GIOVANNONI MORENO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Tales of war and migration, of feasts and misfortunes – of leaving home and returning home. This is Tuscany as you have never seen it before.

    San Ginese is a village where God lingers in people’s minds and many dream of California, Argentina or Australia. Some leave only to return feeling disheartened, wishing they had never come back, some never leave and forever wish they had.

    The Fireflies of Autumn takes us to the olive groves and piazzas of this little-known Tuscan village. There we meet Bucchione, who was haunted by the Angel of Sadness; Lo Zena, his neighbour, with whom he feuded for forty years; Tommaso the Killer, the Adulteress, the Dead Boy and many others.

    These are tales of war and migration, feasts and misfortunes – of a people and their place over the course of the twentieth century.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FIVE NIGHTS IN PARIS : AFTER DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT
    FIVE NIGHTS IN PARIS : AFTER DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT
    BAXTER JOHN
    ISBN: 9780062296252
    Title: FIVE NIGHTS IN PARIS : AFTER DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT
    Author: BAXTER JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An unforgettable nocturnal tour through five iconic Parisian neighborhoods by the bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World.

    The preeminent expat writer on Paris and author of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World takes you on an unforgettable nocturnal stroll through five iconic Parisian neighborhoods and his own memories.

    John Baxter enchanted readers with his literary tour of Paris in The Most Beautiful Walk in the World. Now, this expat who has lived in the City of Light for more than twenty years introduces you to the city"s streets after dark, revealing hidden treasures and unexpected delights.

    As he takes you through five of the city"s greatest neighborhoods-Montmartre, Montparnasse, the Marais, and more-Baxter shares pithy anecdotes about his life in France, as well as fascinating knowledge he has gleaned from leading literary tours of the city by dark. With Baxter as your guide, you will discover the City of Light as never before, walking in the ghostly footsteps of Marcel Proust, the quintessential night owl for whom memory was more vivid than reality; Hungarian photographer Gyula Halász, known as Brassai, who prowled the midnight streets, camera in hand, with his friend Henry Miller; Louis Aragon and Philippe Soupault, who shared the Surrealists" taste for the city"s shadowed, secret world; and Josephine Baker and other African-American performers who dazzled adventurous Parisians at late-night jazz clubs.

    A feast for the mind and the senses, Five Nights in Paris takes you through the haunts of Paris"s most storied artists and writers to the scenes of its most infamous crimes in a lively off-the-beaten-path tour not found in any guidebook.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • FLANEUSE : Women Walk the City in Paris New York Tokyo Venice and London
    FLANEUSE : Women Walk the City in Paris New York Tokyo Venice and London
    ELKIN LAUREN
    ISBN: 9780099593379
    Title: FLANEUSE : Women Walk the City in Paris New York Tokyo Venice and London
    Author: ELKIN LAUREN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Selected as a Book of the Year 2016 by the Financial Times, Guardian, New Statesman, Observer, The Millions and Emerald Street 'FlOneuse (flanne-euhze), noun, from the French. Feminine form of flOneur (flanne-euhr), an idler, a dawdling observer, usually found in cities. That is an imaginary definition.' If the word flOneur conjures up visions of Baudelaire, boulevards and bohemia - then what exactly is a flOneuse? In this gloriously provocative and celebratory book, Lauren Elkin defines her as 'a determined resourceful woman keenly attuned to the creative potential of the city, and the liberating possibilities of a good walk'. Part cultural meander, part memoir, FlOneuse traces the relationship between the city and creativity through a journey that begins in New York and moves us to Paris, via Venice, Tokyo and London, exploring along the way the paths taken by the flOneuses who have lived and walked in those cities. From nineteenth-century novelist George Sand to artist Sophie Calle, from war correspondent Martha Gellhorn to film-maker Agnes Varda, FlOneuse considers what is at stake when a certain kind of light-footed woman encounters the city and changes her life, one step at a time.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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