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  • 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 PATAGONIA   -   (Vintage Voyages)
    IN PATAGONIA - (Vintage Voyages)
    CHATWIN BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781784875367
    Title: IN PATAGONIA - (Vintage Voyages)
    Author: CHATWIN BRUCE
    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

    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: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • 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
  • INSIDE A PEARL : MY YEARS IN PARIS
    INSIDE A PEARL : MY YEARS IN PARIS
    WHITE EDMUND
    ISBN: 9781408837764
    Title: INSIDE A PEARL : MY YEARS IN PARIS
    Author: WHITE EDMUND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A literary treat: a memoir of Edmund White's years among the cultural and intellectual elite of 1980s Paris


    Edmund White was forty-three years old when he moved to Paris in 1983. He spoke no French and knew just two people in the entire city, but soon discovered the anxieties and pleasures of mastering a new culture. White fell passionately in love with Paris, its beauty in the half-light and eternal mists; its serenity compared with the New York he had known.

    Intoxicated and intellectually stimulated by its culture, he became the definitive biographer of Jean Genet, wrote lives of Marcel Proust and Arthur Rimbaud. Frequent trips across the Channel to literary parties in London begot friendships with Julian Barnes, Alan Hollinghurst, Martin Amis and many others. When he left, fifteen years later, to return to the US, he was fluent enough to broadcast on French radio and TV, and as a journalist had made the acquaintance of everyone from Yves St Laurent to Catherine Deneuve to Michel Foucault. He'd also developed a close friendship with an older woman, Marie-Claude, through whom he'd come to a deeper understanding of French life.

    Inside a Pearl vividly recalls those fertile years, and offers a brilliant examination of a city and a culture eternally imbued with an aura of enchantment.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ISLAND THAT DARED : JOURNEYS IN CUBA
    ISLAND THAT DARED : JOURNEYS IN CUBA
    MURPHY DERVLA
    ISBN: 9781906011468
    Title: ISLAND THAT DARED : JOURNEYS IN CUBA
    Author: MURPHY DERVLA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Take a three-generation family holiday in Cuba in the company of Dervla Murphy, her daughter and three young granddaughters and you have a Swallows and Amazon like adventure in the Caribean as they trek into the hills and along the coast as a family, camping out on empty beaches beneath the stars and relishing the ubiquitous Cuban hospitality. But this is no more than the joyful start of a fully-fledged quest to understand the unique society created by the Cuban Revolution. Through her own research and through conversations with Fidelistas and their critics alike, The Island That Dared builds a complex picture of a people struggling to retain their identity in the face of insistent hostility of the government of the United States.

    Imprint: ELAND
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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
  • ISTANBUL : Memories and the City - The Illustrated Edition
    ISTANBUL : Memories and the City - The Illustrated Edition
    PAMUK ORHAN
    ISBN: 9780571330348
    Title: ISTANBUL : Memories and the City - The Illustrated Edition
    Author: PAMUK ORHAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Since the publication of Istanbul: Memories of a City, Orhan Pamuk has continued to add to his collection of photographs of Istanbul. Now, he has selected a range of photographs for the illustrated edition of Istanbul, linking each new image to his memoir. This lavish selection of 450 photographs features contributions from the Turkish photographer Ara Guler, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Istanbul's characteristic photography collectors, and contains previously unpublished family photographs from the author's archives.

    Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul and still lives in the family apartment building where his mother first held him in her arms. His portrait of his city is thus also a self-portrait, refracted by memory and the melancholy - or huzun - that all Istanbullus share: the sadness that comes of living amid the ruins of a lost empire. With cinematic fluidity, Pamuk moves from the lives of his glamorous, unhappy parents to the gorgeous, decrepit mansions overlooking the Bosphorus; from the dawning of his self-consciousness to the writers and painters - both Turkish and foreign - who would shape his consciousness of his city. Like Joyce's Dublin and Borges' Buenos Aires, Pamuk's Istanbul is a triumphant encounter of place and sensibility, beautifully written and immensely moving.




    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ITALIAN NEIGHBOURS : AN ENGLISHMAN IN VERONA
    ITALIAN NEIGHBOURS : AN ENGLISHMAN IN VERONA
    PARKS TIM
    ISBN: 9780099286950
    Title: ITALIAN NEIGHBOURS : AN ENGLISHMAN IN VERONA
    Author: PARKS TIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "Am I giving the impression that I don't like the Veneto? It's not true. I love it. But like any place that's become home I hate it too."

    How does an Englishman cope when he moves to Italy - not the tourist idyll but the real Italy?

    When Tim Parks first moved to Verona he found it irresistible and infuriating in equal measure; this book is the story of his love affair with it. Infused with an objective passion, he unpicks the idiosyncrasies and nuances of Italian culture with wit and affection. Italian Neighbours is travel writing at its best.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ITALIAN WAYS : On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo
    ITALIAN WAYS : On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo
    PARKS TIM
    ISBN: 9780099584254
    Title: ITALIAN WAYS : On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo
    Author: PARKS TIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "All Italy is here". (Sunday Times). From the bestselling author of Italian Neighbours, An Italian Education and A Season with Verona. In Italian Ways, bestselling writer Tim Parks brings us a fresh portrait of Italy today through a wry account of his train journeys around the country.

    Whether describing his daily commute from Milan to Verona, his regular trips to Florence and Rome, or his occasional sojourns to Naples and Sicily, Parks uses his thirty years of amusing and maddening experiences on Italian trains to reveal what he calls the 'charmingly irritating dystopian paradise' of Italy.

    Through memorable encounters with ordinary Italians - conductors and ticket collectors, priests and prostitutes, scholars and lovers, gypsies and immigrants - Parks captures what makes Italian life distinctive. Italian Ways also explores how trains helped build Italy and how the railways reflect Italians' sense of themselves from Garibaldi to Mussolini to Berlusconi and beyond. Most of all, this bookl is an entertaining attempt to capture the essence of modern Italy.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • JAPAN   -   Beautiful World
    JAPAN - Beautiful World
    ISBN: 9781788682992
    Title: JAPAN - Beautiful World
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: May 2019 New Release

    Delve inside the myriad landscapes of Japan with this stunning collection of photographs and discover the nation's extraordinary diversity of places, people and experiences - from moments in awe-inspiring cities to quiet escapes in remote, exotic corners.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • LAND WHERE LEMONS GROW : THE STORY OF ITALY AND ITS CITRUS FRUIT
    LAND WHERE LEMONS GROW : THE STORY OF ITALY AND ITS CITRUS FRUIT
    ATTLEE HELENA
    ISBN: 9780241952573
    Title: LAND WHERE LEMONS GROW : THE STORY OF ITALY AND ITS CITRUS FRUIT
    Author: ATTLEE HELENA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The story of citrus runs through the history of Italy like a golden thread, and by combining travel writing with history, recipes, horticulture and art, Helena Attlee takes the reader on a unique and rich journey through Italy's cultural, moral, culinary and political past.



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • LANDMARKS
    LANDMARKS
    MACFARLANE ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780241967874
    Title: LANDMARKS
    Author: MACFARLANE ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. Landmarks is about the power of language to shape our sense of place. It is a field guide to the literature of nature, and a glossary containing thousands of remarkable words used in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to describe land, nature and weather.

    Travelling from Cumbria to the Cairngorms, and exploring the landscapes of Roger Deakin, J. A. Baker, Nan Shepherd and others, Robert Macfarlane shows that language, well used, is a keen way of knowing landscape, and a vital means of coming to love it.

    This joyous meditation on land and language is a love letter to the British Isles.' Observer

    'Lyrical, charged with a monumental strength. Surely no one since the young Ted Hughes has written about British landscape and wildlife with such fierce enthusiasm. Few writers today have such power to make you look afresh at the familiar . . . making a British countryside come alive as the most exotic place on earth.' Daily Express

    'A must-read for anyone interested in the literature of the British countryside.' James Rebanks, author of The Shepherd's Life

    'Astonishing and revelatory. Please read Landmarks, encounter its wonderful words, let them open your mind . . . start looking at the world in the dazzlingly receptive way they have taught you.' Adam Nicolson, Spectator

    'As teeming and complex as an ecosystem, rawly moving, enormously pleasurable, historically important and imaginatively compelling, elegant and scholarly.' Melissa Harrison, Financial Times

    'Passionate and magical...A deep scholarship of the countryside with an adventurous approach, all rendered in immaculate, delicious prose. Macfarlane offers an enriched nature. A kind of manual of how people in love with place and language are created by landscape.' Horatio Clare, Daily Telegraph

    'Extraordinary, remarkable, truly brilliant. A field guide to the ways we can speak and write about the land.' Big Issue

    'So important, enriching. Ought to be read by policymakers, educators, armchair environmentalists and active conservationist the world over.' John Burnside, Guardian



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • LANDS OF LOST BORDERS : A Journey on the Silk Road
    LANDS OF LOST BORDERS : A Journey on the Silk Road
    HARRIS KATE
    ISBN: 9780062846662
    Title: LANDS OF LOST BORDERS : A Journey on the Silk Road
    Author: HARRIS KATE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: July 2019 New Release

    As a teenager, Kate Harris realized that the career she craved-to be an explorer, equal parts swashbuckler and metaphysician-had gone extinct. From what she could tell of the world from small-town Ontario, the likes of Marco Polo and Magellan had mapped the whole earth; there was nothing left to be discovered. Looking beyond this planet, she decided to become a scientist and go to Mars.

    In between studying at Oxford and MIT, Harris set off by bicycle down the fabled Silk Road with her childhood friend Mel. Pedaling mile upon mile in some of the remotest places on earth, she realized that an explorer, in any day and age, is the kind of person who refuses to live between the lines. Forget charting maps, naming peaks: what she yearned for was the feeling of soaring completely out of bounds. The farther she traveled, the closer she came to a world as wild as she felt within.

    Lands of Lost Borders is the chronicle of Harris's odyssey and an exploration of the importance of breaking the boundaries we set ourselves; an examination of the stories borders tell, and the restrictions they place on nature and humanity; and a meditation on the existential need to explore-the essential longing to discover what in the universe we are doing here.

    Like Rebecca Solnit and Pico Iyer, Kate Harris offers a travel account at once exuberant and reflective, wry and rapturous. Lands of Lost Borders explores the nature of limits and the wildness of the self that can never fully be mapped. Weaving adventure and philosophy with the history of science and exploration, Lands of Lost Borders celebrates our connection as humans to the natural world, and ultimately to each other-a belonging that transcends any fences or stories that may divide us.

    Imprint: DEY STREET BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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