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  • 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: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • 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
  • HOLY COW : AN INDIAN ADVENTURE
    HOLY COW : AN INDIAN ADVENTURE
    MACDONALD SARAH
    ISBN: 9781863253260
    Title: HOLY COW : AN INDIAN ADVENTURE
    Author: MACDONALD SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A rollercoaster ride through a land of chaos and contradiction with a woman on a mission to save her soul, her love life - and her sanity.

    After backpacking her way around India Sarah Macdonald decides she hates the country with a passion. When a beggar reads her palm and insists she will one day return - and for love - she screams 'Never!' But twelve years later the prophecy comes true.

    When the love of her life is posted to India, Sarah follows him to the most polluted city on earth, New Delhi. It seems like the ultimate sacrifice for love and it almost kills her - literally. After being cursed by a naked sadhu smeared in human ashes Sarah almost dies from double pneumonia, but not before facing some serious questions about her fragile mortality and inner spiritual void - not to mention some unsightly hair loss. It's enough to send a rapidly balding atheist on a wild rollercoaster ride through India in search of the meaning of life and death. With the help of the Dalai Lama, a goddess of healing hugs and a couple of Bollywood stars - among many, many others - Sarah discovers a hell of a lot more."

    Imprint: BANTAM
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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
  • HORIZON
    HORIZON
    LOPEZ BARRY
    ISBN: 9781847925787
    Title: HORIZON
    Author: LOPEZ BARRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: BODLEY HEAD
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • 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 EUROPE   (Vintage Classic Europeans Series)
    IN EUROPE (Vintage Classic Europeans Series)
    MAK GEERT
    ISBN: 9781784874995
    Title: IN EUROPE (Vintage Classic Europeans Series)
    Author: MAK GEERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    TRANSLATED FROM THE DUTCH BY SAM GARRETT


    The Vintage Classics Europeans series - with covers provided by textile design firm Wallace Sewell, these are must-have editions of European masterpieces, celebrating the warp and weft of a shared literary treasury.


    In 1999, journalist and historian Geert Mak criss-crossed the continent in the simple yet monumental quest to trace European twentieth-century history as the world slipped into the twenty-first. In Europe is a dazzling account of that journey, and combines the larger story of Europe with intimate, vivid detail. It is also now a poignant reminder that the European project was then and is now a unprecedented experiment; that we still have ‘a great deal to tell each other and a great deal to explain.’

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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 PATAGONIA   -   (Vintage Voyages)
    IN PATAGONIA - (Vintage Voyages)
    CHATWIN BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781784875367
    Title: IN PATAGONIA - (Vintage Voyages)
    Author: CHATWIN BRUCE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
    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
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