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  • FOOTNOTES : A Journey Around Britain in the Company of Great Writers
    FOOTNOTES : A Journey Around Britain in the Company of Great Writers
    FIENNES PETER
    ISBN: 9781786077707
    Title: FOOTNOTES : A Journey Around Britain in the Company of Great Writers
    Author: FIENNES PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: July 2020 New Release

    'The premise of this book is simple, or that is what it seemed when I started.'
    Peter Fiennes follows in the footsteps of twelve inspirational writers, bringing modern Britain into focus by peering through the lens of the past.
    The journey starts in Dorset, shaped by the childhood visions of Enid Blyton, and ends with Charles Dickens on the train that took him to his final resting place in Westminster Abbey.
    From the wilds of Skye and Snowdon, to a big night out in Birmingham with J. B. Priestley and Beryl Bainbridge, Footnotes is a series of evocative biographies, a lyrical foray into the past, and a quest to understand Britain through the books, journals and diaries of some of our greatest writers.
    And as Fiennes travels the country, and roams across the centuries, he wonders-
    'Who are we? What do we want? They seemed like good questions to ask, in the company of some of our greatest writers, given these restless times.'

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • GREECE : Passenger Volume 2
    GREECE : Passenger Volume 2
    ISBN: 9781787702189
    Title: GREECE : Passenger Volume 2
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: June 2020 New Release

    Few countries have received more media attention in recent years and even fewer have been represented in such vastly divergent ways. There's a down- side to all this attention: everyone seems to have something final to say about Greece. News replaces people's actual stories, impressions substitute facts, characters take the place of people. In this volume of The Passenger, we chose to set those opinions aside in order to give to the stories, facts, and people of Greece the dignity and centrality they deserve.

    Imprint: Europa Editions
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • HOMAGE TO BARCELONA
    HOMAGE TO BARCELONA
    TOIBIN COLM
    ISBN: 9780330373562
    Title: HOMAGE TO BARCELONA
    Author: TOIBIN COLM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • HORIZON
    HORIZON
    LOPEZ BARRY
    ISBN: 9781529111248
    Title: HORIZON
    Author: LOPEZ BARRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The greatest nature writer in the world ... He is also the greatest travel writer ... an astounding new memoir' Sunday Times

    'Horizon is magnificent; a contemporary epic' Robert Macfarlane, author of Underland

    From the author of the classic Arctic Dreams comes a vivid recollection of his travels around the world and the encounters that have shaped an extraordinary life.


    Taking us nearly from pole to pole - from modern megacities to some of the earth's most remote regions - and across decades of lived experience, Barry Lopez gives us his most far-ranging yet personal work to date, in a book that describes his travels to six regions of the world- from Western Oregon to the High Arctic; from the Galapagos to the Kenyan desert; from Botany Bay in Australia to finally, unforgettably, the ice shelves of Antarctica.

    Lopez also probes the long history of humanity's quests and explorations, including the prehistoric peoples who trekked across Skraeling Island in northern Canada, the colonialists who plundered Central Africa, an enlightenment-era Englishman who sailed the Pacific, a Native American emissary who found his way into isolationist Japan, and today's ecotourists in the tropics.

    Throughout his journeys - to some of the hottest, coldest, and most desolate places on the globe - and via friendships with scientists, archaeologists, artists and local residents, Lopez searches for meaning and purpose in a broken world.

    Horizon is a revelatory, epic work that voices concern but also hope - a book that makes you see the world differently, and that is the crowning achievement by one of America's great voices.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • I MAY BE SOME TIME : The Story Behind the Antarctic Tragedy of Captain Scott
    I MAY BE SOME TIME : The Story Behind the Antarctic Tragedy of Captain Scott
    SPUFFORD FRANCIS
    ISBN: 9780571346783
    Title: I MAY BE SOME TIME : The Story Behind the Antarctic Tragedy of Captain Scott
    Author: SPUFFORD FRANCIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new edition of the classic study of the expeditions to the South Pole, and why we are so fascinated with exploring vast, empty, and extreme landscapes.

    When Captain Scott died in 1912 on his way back from the South Pole, his story became a myth embedded in the national imagination. Everyone remembers the doomed Captain Oates's last words: 'I'm just going outside, and I may be some time.' Francis Spufford's celebrated and prize-winning history shows how Scott's death was the culmination of a national enchantment with vast empty spaces, the beauty of untrodden snow, and perilous journeys to the end of the earth.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • IN OTHER WORDS
    IN OTHER WORDS
    LAHIRI JHUMPA
    ISBN: 9781408866139
    Title: IN OTHER WORDS
    Author: LAHIRI JHUMPA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From the bestselling Pulitzer Prize winner: a stunning non-fiction debut, written in Italian: a memoir about her encounters living, speaking and writing in a language not her own - her most intimate, revealing and exciting book to date.


    In Other Words is at heart a love story - of a long and sometimes difficult courtship, and a passion that verges on obsession: that of a writer for another language. For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, which first captivated and capsized her during a trip to Florence after college. Although Lahiri studied Italian for many years afterwards, full mastery had always eluded her. So in 2012, seeking full immersion, she decided to uproot herself, her husband and two children, and move to Rome for 'a trial by fire, a sort of baptism' into a new world and way of being.

    Over the course of three years, Lahiri read, spoke, wrote - even in her journal - solely in Italian, slowly beginning to feel she could not only communicate in Italian, but fully express herself, even in fiction. In spare and luminous prose, and drawing, too, on Lahiri's parent's own experiences with another culture when they first came to America, In Other Words explores the often emotionally fraught links between identity and language. It is a book about exile, linguistic and otherwise, written with an intensity and clarity not seen since Nabokov.

    A startling act of self-reflection; a powerful exploration of a surprising, life-changing passion; and a provocative, piercingly eloquent book that showcases a remarkable writer's signature gifts, it is her most intimate, revealing and exciting book to date.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • IN PATAGONIA
    IN PATAGONIA
    CHATWIN BRUCE
    ISBN: 9780099769514
    Title: IN PATAGONIA
    Author: CHATWIN BRUCE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Beautifully written and full of wonderful descriptions and intriguing tales, In Patagonia is an account of Bruce Chatwin's travels to a remote country in search of a strange beast and his encounters with the people whose fascinating stories delay him on the road.

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • IN SICILY
    IN SICILY
    LEWIS NORMAN
    ISBN: 9781780600093
    Title: IN SICILY
    Author: LEWIS NORMAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In Sicily is a loving take on an extraordinary island, based on Norman Lewis’s sixty-yearlong fascination with all things Sicilian! Few places on earth have escaped the singular eye of Norman Lewis, but always, in the course of his long career, he has come back to Sicily. From his first wartime visit – to a land untouched since the Middle Ages – through his frequent returns, he has watched the island and its people as they have changed over the years! Dedicated to a Sicilian journalist killed by a Mafia bomb, he rarely lets us forget the presence of organized crime. We benefit from his friendships with policemen, journalists and common people. Moreover, he writes beautifully of landscape and language, of his memories of his first father-in-law (professional gambler, descendant of princes and member of the Unione Siciliana), of Sicily's changing sexual mores, of the effects of African immigration, of Palermo and its ruined palaces – and of strange superstitions, of witches and bandits and murder.

    Imprint: ELAND
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • IN TASMANIA
    IN TASMANIA
    SHAKESPEARE NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9780143790945
    Title: IN TASMANIA
    Author: SHAKESPEARE NICHOLAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A brilliant account of 200 years of Tasmanian history and an acclaimed writer's discovery of his secret connection with that island and its past.

    In Tasmania on holiday, novelist and Chatwin biographer Nicholas Shakespeare discovered a house on a 9-mile beach and instantly decided this was where he wanted to live. He didn't know then that his ancestor was the corrupt and colourful Anthony Fenn Kemp, now known as 'the Father of Tasmania', or that he would find relatives living on the island.

    Shakespeare interweaves his personal journey into a new-found paradise with a brilliant account of the two turbulent centuries of Tasmania's history in this fascinating and timely book. 'A delightful book. Nicholas Shakespeare is a fine story teller and here he unveils for us a compendium of fascinating Tasmanian characters past and present, from bankrupt squires to convict cannibals, from love struck romantics to the captivating monstrous Anthony Fenn Kemp, the Flashman of early colonial Australia. From all these lives Shakespeare builds up a rich and powerful portrait of this intriguing land, his adopted home.' - Matthew Kneale

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • IN XANADU : A QUEST
    IN XANADU : A QUEST
    DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780006544159
    Title: IN XANADU : A QUEST
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the most successful, influential and acclaimed travel books of recent years. At the age of twenty-two, William Dalrymple left his college in Cambridge to travel to the ruins of Kublai Khan's stately pleasure dome in Xanadu. This is an account of a quest which took him and his companions across the width of Asia, along dusty, forgotten roads, through villages and cities full of unexpected hospitality and wildly improbable escapades, to Coleridge's Xanadu itself. At once funny and knowledgeable, In Xanadu is in the finest tradition of British travel writing. Told with an exhilarating blend of eloquence, wit, poetry and delight, it is already established as a classic of its kind.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ISLAND DREAMS : Mapping an Obsession
    ISLAND DREAMS : Mapping an Obsession
    FRANCIS GAVIN
    ISBN: 9781786898180
    Title: ISLAND DREAMS : Mapping an Obsession
    Author: FRANCIS GAVIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Island Dreams, Gavin Francis examines our collective fascination with islands. He blends stories of his own travels with psychology, philosophy and great voyages from literature, shedding new light on the importance of islands and isolation in our collective consciousness.

    Comparing the life of freedom of thirty years of extraordinary travel from the Faroe Islands to the Aegean, from the Galapagos to the Andaman Islands with a life of responsibility as a doctor, community member and parent approaching middle age, Island Dreams riffs on the twinned poles of rest and motion, independence and attachment, never more relevant than in today's perennially connected world.

    Illustrated with maps throughout, this is a celebration of human adventures in the world and within our minds.

    Imprint: Canongate Books
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ISTANBUL : MEMORIES AND THE CITY
    ISTANBUL : MEMORIES AND THE CITY
    PAMUK ORHAN
    ISBN: 9780571218332
    Title: ISTANBUL : MEMORIES AND THE CITY
    Author: PAMUK ORHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Turkey's greatest living novelist guides us through the monuments and lost paradises, dilapidated Ottoman villas, back streets and waterways of Istanbul - the city of his birth and the home of his imagination.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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