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  • EXPERIMENTS IN REALITY
    EXPERIMENTS IN REALITY
    ROBINSON TIM
    ISBN: 9781844884834
    Title: EXPERIMENTS IN REALITY
    Author: ROBINSON TIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Long recognized as perhaps the greatest non-fiction writer at work in Ireland, for his vast, polymathic accounts of nature and culture in the Aran Islands and Connemara, Tim Robinson is also an essayist of genius whose fascinations range across the globe. In Experiments on Reality, he shines the light of his intelligence on his own life, and on some of the most fascinating questions in science and culture.

    Robinson brings us to his boyhood in Yorkshire, National Service in Malaya in the 1950s, and his years as a visual artist in Istanbul, Vienna and London. He revisits some of the scenes of his researches for the maps he made of Aran and Connemara, places that continue to throw up remarkable stories and puzzles. And he performs astonishing literary thought-experiments, playing with the boundaries of the essay form, scientific inquiry, and storytelling. Experiments on Reality is a masterpiece from one of the great non-fiction writers at work in the English language.


    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • FOUR SEASONS IN ROME : On Twins Insomnia and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World
    FOUR SEASONS IN ROME : On Twins Insomnia and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World
    DOERR ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9780007265299
    Title: FOUR SEASONS IN ROME : On Twins Insomnia and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World
    Author: DOERR ANTHONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    On the same day that his wife gave birth to twins, Anthony Doerr received the Rome Prize, an award that gave him a year-long stipend and studio in Rome...

    Four Seasons in Rome charts the repercussions of that day, describing Doerr's varied adventures in one of the most enchanting cities in the world, and the first year of parenthood. He reads Pliny, Dante, and Keats – the chroniclers of Rome who came before him – and visits the piazzas, temples, and ancient cisterns they describe. He attends the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II and takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. He and his family are embraced by the butchers, grocers, and bakers of the neighbourhood, whose clamour of stories and idiosyncratic child-rearing advice is as compelling as the city itself.

    This intimate and revelatory book is a celebration of Rome, a wondrous look at new parenthood and a fascinating account of the alchemy of writers.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • FROM THE HOLY MOUNTAIN : A JOURNEY IN THE SHADOW OF BYZANTIUM
    FROM THE HOLY MOUNTAIN : A JOURNEY IN THE SHADOW OF BYZANTIUM
    DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780006547747
    Title: FROM THE HOLY MOUNTAIN : A JOURNEY IN THE SHADOW OF BYZANTIUM
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The third book from the most gifted young travel writer at work today, author of the best-selling In Xanadu ('one of the best travel books produced in the last twenty years' - Scotland on Sunday) and City of Djinns ('the best travel book I have ever read' - George Mackay Brown).

    In the spring of 587 AD, two monks set off on an extraordinary journey that would take them in an arc across the entire Byzantine world, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. On the way John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist stayed in caves, monasteries and remote hermitages, collecting the wisdom of the stylites and the desert fathers before their world shattered under the great eruption of Islam. More than a thousand years later, using Moschos's writings as his guide, William Dalrymple set off to retrace their footsteps.

    Despite centuries of isolation, a surprising number of the monasteries and churches visited by the two monks still survive today, surrounded by often hostile populations. Dalrymple's pilgrimage took him through a bloody civil war in eastern Turkey, the ruins of Beirut, the vicious tensions of the West Bank and a fundamentalist uprising in southern Egypt. His book is an elegy to the slowly dying civilisation of Eastern Christianity and the peoples that have kept its flame alive. It is a rich and gripping blend of history and spirituality, adventure and politics, laced with a thread of black comedy familiar to readers of Dalrymple's previous work.

    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • GENTLE ART OF TRAMPING
    GENTLE ART OF TRAMPING
    GRAHAM STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9781448217243
    Title: GENTLE ART OF TRAMPING
    Author: GRAHAM STEPHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Know how to tramp and you know how to live - Know how to meet your fellow-wanderer, how to be passive to the beauty of Nature and how to be active to its wildness and its rigour'
    The tramp is a friend of society; a seeker, they pay their way if they can. One includes in the category "tramp" all true Bohemians, pilgrims, explorers afoot, walking tourists, and the like. Tramping is a way of approach, to Nature, to your fellow-man, to a nation, to beauty, to life itself. It is a gentle art and there is much to learn; illusions to overcome, prejudices and habits to be shaken off.
    Originally published in 1926, The Gentle Art of Tramping is a guide for anyone who has dreamed of taking to the road with nothing more than a bag full of essentials and big ideas. It gives guidance on walking, being open to discovery and being kind - advice as relevant now as it was then.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • GILDED CHALET : Travels in Literary Switzerland
    GILDED CHALET : Travels in Literary Switzerland
    ROONEY PADRAIG
    ISBN: 9781857886528
    Title: GILDED CHALET : Travels in Literary Switzerland
    Author: ROONEY PADRAIG
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the summer of 1816 paparazzi trained their telescopes on Byron and the Shelleys across Lake Geneva. Mary Shelley babysat and wrote Frankenstein. Byron dieted and penned The Prisoner of Chillon. His doctor, Polidori, was dreaming up The Vampyre. Together they put Switzerland on the map. Switzerland has always provided a refuge for writers attracted to it as an escape from world wars, oppression, tuberculosis...or marriage. For Swiss writers from the country was like a gilded prison. The Romantics, the utopians and other spiritual seekers viewed Switzerland as a land of milk and honey, as nature's paradise. In the twentieth century, spying in neutral Switzerland spawned the finest espionage and detective fiction.

    Part detective work, part treasure chest, The Gilded Chalet takes you on a grand tour of the birthplace of our best-loved stories, revealing how Switzerland became the landscape of our imagination.

    Imprint: NICHOLAS BREALEY
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • GODDESS IN THE STONES : Travels in India
    GODDESS IN THE STONES : Travels in India
    LEWIS NORMAN
    ISBN: 9781780601083
    Title: GODDESS IN THE STONES : Travels in India
    Author: LEWIS NORMAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Not for Norman Lewis the tourist sights of Delhi and Rajasthan. His travels in India begin in the impoverished, overpopulated and corrupt state of Bihar, scene of a brutal caste war between the untouchables and higher-caste gangsters. From these violent happenings, he heads down the west coast of Bengal and into the highlands of Orissa to testify to the life of the caste-free indigenous ‘tribals’, who have survived here in isolation. There is much to be learned from these threatened cultures and Lewis is the perfect guide.

    Imprint: ELAND
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • GREAT CITIES THROUGH TRAVELLERS EYES
    GREAT CITIES THROUGH TRAVELLERS EYES
    FURTADO PETER (ED)
    ISBN: 9780500021651
    Title: GREAT CITIES THROUGH TRAVELLERS EYES
    Author: FURTADO PETER (ED)
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Throughout history, intrepid men and women have related their experiences and perceptions of the world's great cities to bring them alive to those at home. The thirty-eight cities covered in this entertaining anthology of travellers' tales are spread over six continents, ranging from Beijing to Berlin, Cairo to Chicago, Lhasa to London, St Petersburg to Sydney and Rio to Rome.

    This volume features commentators across the millennia, including the great travellers of ancient times, such as Strabo and Pausanias; those who undertook extensive journeys in the medieval world, not least Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta; courageous women such as Isabella Bird and Freya Stark; and enterprising writers and journalists including Mark Twain and Norman Lewis. We see the world's great cities through the eyes of traders, explorers, soldiers, diplomats, pilgrims and tourists; the experiences of emperors and monarchs sit alongside those of revolutionaries and artists, but also those of ordinary people who found themselves in remarkable situations, like the medieval Chinese abbot who was shown round the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris by the King of France himself.

    Some of the writers seek to provide a straightforward, accurate description of all they have seen, while others concentrate on their subjective experiences of the city and encounters with the inhabitants. Introduced and contextualized by bestselling historian Peter Furtado, each account provides both a vivid portrait of a distant place and time and an insight into those who journeyed there. The result is a book that delves into the splendours and stories that exist beyond conventional guidebooks and websites.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • GREAT SONG CYCLE : Portland to Los Angeles on Two Wheels and a Song
    GREAT SONG CYCLE : Portland to Los Angeles on Two Wheels and a Song
    WALLFISCH JOANNA
    ISBN: 9781760800956
    Title: GREAT SONG CYCLE : Portland to Los Angeles on Two Wheels and a Song
    Author: WALLFISCH JOANNA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An adventurer at heart, in August 2016 Joanna embarked on a solo concert tour of the West Coast of the USA...by bicycle. Over the course of 1,154 miles (1,860 km) she performed 16 solo shows between Portland and Los Angeles carrying her musical instruments, camping gear, and everything else she needed upon her bike. This book follows Joanna’s journey from the moment the idea was sparked in Brooklyn to the triumphant completion at Santa Monica Pier, and everything in between. Throw in some sex, drugs, cooperative accomodation services, sleazy men and, of course, more than a little music, and Joanna will take you on the ride of her life.


    This book follows Joanna's journey from the moment the idea was sparked in Brooklyn to the triumphant completion at Santa Monica Pier, and everything in between. Throw in some sex, drugs, cooperative accomodation services, sleazy men and, of course, more than a little music, and Joanna will take you on the ride of her life.

    Imprint: University of WA Publishing
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • HALL OF A THOUSAND COLUMNS
    HALL OF A THOUSAND COLUMNS
    MACKINTOSH-SMITH TIM
    ISBN: 9780719565878
    Title: HALL OF A THOUSAND COLUMNS
    Author: MACKINTOSH-SMITH TIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Tim Mackintosh-Smith continues in the footsteps of Moroccan traveller Ibn Battutah, revealing the rich tales of an India far off the beaten path of Taj and Raj

    All the best armchair travellers are sceptics. Those of the fourteenth century were no exception: for them, there were lies, damned lies, and Ibn Battutah's India.

    Born in 1304, Ibn Battutah left his native Tangier as a young scholar of law; over the course of the thirty years that followed he visited most of the known world between Morocco and China. Here Tim Mackintosh-Smith retraces one leg of the Moroccan's journey -- the dizzy ladders and terrifying snakes of his Indian career as a judge and a hermit, courtier and prisoner, ambassador and castaway. From the plains of Hindustan to the plateaux of the Deccan and the lost ports of Malabar, the author reveals an India far off the beaten path of Taj and Raj.

    Ibn Battutah left India on a snake, stripped to his underpants by pirates; but he took away a treasure of tales as rich as any in the history of travel. Back home they said the treasure was a fake. Mackintosh-Smith proves the sceptics wrong. India is a jewel in the turban of the Prince of Travellers. Here it is, glittering, grotesque but genuine, a fitting ornament for his 700th birthday.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • HAVANA : A Subtropical Delirium
    HAVANA : A Subtropical Delirium
    KURLANSKY MARK
    ISBN: 9781632863928
    Title: HAVANA : A Subtropical Delirium
    Author: KURLANSKY MARK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A city of tropical heat, sweat, ramshackle beauty, and its very own cadence--a city that always surprises--Havana is brought to pulsing life by New York Times bestselling author Mark Kurlansky.

    Award-winning author Mark Kurlansky presents an insider's view of Havana: the elegant, tattered city he has come to know over more than thirty years. Part cultural history, part travelogue, with recipes, historic engravings, photographs, and Kurlansky's own pen-and-ink drawings throughout, Havana celebrates the city's singular music, literature, baseball, and food; its five centuries of outstanding, neglected architecture; and its extraordinary blend of cultures.

    Like all great cities, Havana has a rich history that informs the vibrant place it is today--from the native Taino to Columbus's landing, from Cuba's status as a U.S. protectorate to Batista's dictatorship and Castro's revolution, from Soviet presence to the welcoming of capitalist tourism. Havana is a place of extremes: a beautifully restored colonial city whose cobblestone streets pass through areas that have not been painted or repaired since long before the revolution.

    Kurlansky shows Havana through the eyes of Cuban writers, such as Alejo Carpentier and José Martí, and foreigners, including Graham Greene and Hemingway. He introduces us to Cuban baseball and its highly opinionated fans; the city's music scene, alive with the rhythm of Son; its culinary legacy. Through Mark Kurlansky's multilayered and electrifying portrait, the long-elusive city of Havana comes stirringly to life.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • HIMALYA : A Literary Homage to Adventure Meditation and Life on the Roof of the World
    HIMALYA : A Literary Homage to Adventure Meditation and Life on the Roof of the World
    GOKHALE NAMITA [ED]
    ISBN: 9781611805901
    Title: HIMALYA : A Literary Homage to Adventure Meditation and Life on the Roof of the World
    Author: GOKHALE NAMITA [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Intimate, exhilarating writings on adventure, meditation, and life in the captivating wildness of the Himalayan Mountains.

    For some, the Himalaya is a frontier against which to test themselves. Others find refuge and tranquility in the mountains, a place where they can seek their true selves, perhaps even God. And over millennia, the mountains have cradled civilization itself and nurtured teeming, irrepressible life. With over thirty essays, this comprehensive volume brings together a dazzling range of voices revealing accounts of great ascents and descents.
    One piece details a "mutiny" on Kanchenjunga from Aleister Crowley, the self-avowed "wickedest man in the world," who dabbled in black magic and devil worship. Mark Twain's essay shares the simple pleasure of riding a hand-car down the railway track from Darjeeling. Looking for the snow leopard in Ladakh, one writer ends up finding himself. A resident of a Sherpa village writes a heartfelt account of the aftermath of an avalanche that killed porters and climbers on Everest; a prisoner in Dehra Dun jail draws solace from visits by birds and small animals; and the fragrance of lime makes a traveler's night in a remote Garhwal village memorable for all time. Seperated into three parts--Adventure, Meditation, and Life--with excerpts from historical travel logs, poetic reflections, and personal narratives, this diverse collection has something to appeal to every reader.

    Imprint: SHAMBALA
    RRP: $38.00

    Price: $38.00
  • HIPPIE
    HIPPIE
    COELHO PAULO
    ISBN: 9780143794110
    Title: HIPPIE
    Author: COELHO PAULO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Hippie Paulo Coelho takes us back in time to relive the dream of a generation that longed for peace and dared to challenge the established social order - authoritarian politics, conservative modes of behaviour, excessive consumerism, and an unbalanced concentration of wealth and power.
    Following the 'three days of peace and music' at Woodstock, the 1969 gathering in Bethel, NY that would change the world forever, hippie paradises began to emerge all around the world. In the Dam Square in Amsterdam, long-haired young people wearing vibrant clothes and burning incense could be found meditating, playing music and discussing sexual liberation, the expansion of consciousness and the search for an inner truth. They were a generation refusing to live the robotic and unquestioning life that their parents had known.
    At this time, Paulo is a young, skinny Brazilian with a goatee and long, flowing hair who wants to become a writer. He sets off on a journey in search of freedom and a deeper meaning for his life- first, with a girlfriend, on the famous 'Death Train to Bolivia', then on to Peru and later hitchhiking through Chile and Argentina.
    His travels take him further, to the famous square in Amsterdam, where Paulo meets Karla, a Dutch woman also in her 20s. She convinces Paulo to join her on a trip to Nepal, aboard the Magic Bus that travels across Europe and Central Asia to Kathmandu. They embark on a journey in the company of fascinating fellow travellers, each of whom has a story to tell, and each of whom will undergo a transformation, changing their priorities and values, along the way. As they travel together, Paulo and Karla explore their own relationship, an awakening on every level that brings each of them to a choice and a decision that sets the course for their lives thereafter.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • HOMAGE TO BARCELONA
    HOMAGE TO BARCELONA
    TOIBIN COLM
    ISBN: 9780330373562
    Title: HOMAGE TO BARCELONA
    Author: TOIBIN COLM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This book celebrates one of Europe's greatest cities -- a cosmopolitan hub of vibrant architecture, art, culture and nightlife. It moves from the story of the city's founding and its huge expansion in the nineteenth century to the lives of Gaudi, Miro, Picasso, Casals and Dali. It also explores the history of Catalan nationalism, the tragedy of the Civil War, the Franco years and the transition from dictatorship to democracy which Colm Toibin witnessed in the 1970s. Written with deep knowledge and affection, Homage to Barcelona is a sensuous and beguiling portrait of a unique Mediterranean port and an adopted home. 'Toibin has the narrative poise of Brian Moore and the patient eye for domestic detail of John McGahern, but he is very much his own man' Observer 'Having lived in Barcelona off and on since the 70s, Toibin knows all the fascinations of its sensuous Mediterranean history and lifestyle and "the most precious jewels in the city's treasury of bars" ...Toibin is the perfect guide' Chicago Tribune

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $20.99

    Price: $20.99
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