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  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • 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: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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
  • JOURNEY THROUGH WINE : An Atlas : 56 Countries, 100 Maps, 8000 Years of History   **Special Price**
    JOURNEY THROUGH WINE : An Atlas : 56 Countries, 100 Maps, 8000 Years of History **Special Price**
    GRANT SMITH BIANCHI ADRIEN
    ISBN: 9781743794746
    Title: JOURNEY THROUGH WINE : An Atlas : 56 Countries, 100 Maps, 8000 Years of History **Special Price**
    Author: GRANT SMITH BIANCHI ADRIEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A beautiful cartographic history of the world of wine, from 6000 BC until today, with detailed maps and incredible facts about wine making, growing and drinking across the globe.

    Welcome to your tour of the wine-growing world.

    Wine has rolled its barrel from the shores of the Black Sea to the mountains of the Andes, following humans and their dreams. But just how did a Pyrenean grape variety end up in Uruguay? And by what means were grapevines able to reach Japan?

    This book goes back through time to retrace the grape’s conquest of the world, stopping in each winemaking country, from the oldest to the most recent, to discover wines past and present, while also looking to the future.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $70.00

    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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • LAST TRAIN TO ZONA VERDE : OVERLAND FROM CAPE TOWN TO ANGOLA
    LAST TRAIN TO ZONA VERDE : OVERLAND FROM CAPE TOWN TO ANGOLA
    THEROUX PAUL
    ISBN: 9780141029597
    Title: LAST TRAIN TO ZONA VERDE : OVERLAND FROM CAPE TOWN TO ANGOLA
    Author: THEROUX PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Heading north from Cape Town, through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Angola, Paul Theroux makes a final journey along Africa's western edge. The end of the line is the Congo but Theroux discovers that his trip's pleasures are tempered by a growing sense that the Africa which so long ago helped form him has vanished, along with the hopes of many of its people. Yet after 2,500 miles Theroux finds that though this will be his ultimate African adventure there are still surprises to be found by the traveller prepared to step off the beaten track.

    'A melancholic, farewell journey . . . Theroux does all this inimitably, and more, getting better the more detours he takes.' Evening Standard

    'Hard to put down, brutal honesty. Theroux proves himself a sharp observer of human foibles and a master of pithy description. The book he has crafted out of his experiences packs plenty of bang.' Spectator

    'As we worry about the future of the continent, there could be no better guide than Theroux . . . his sense that this is his final journey adds to the power.' GQ

    'Probably the most important travel writer of his generation.' Sunday Times

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • LIFE AT WALNUT TREE FARM
    LIFE AT WALNUT TREE FARM
    DEAKIN RUFUS / ROWLANDSON TITUS
    ISBN: 9781788547819
    Title: LIFE AT WALNUT TREE FARM
    Author: DEAKIN RUFUS / ROWLANDSON TITUS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The story, mainly in pictures, but also in words, of the rebuilding of the 16th-century Suffolk farmhouse that the environmentalist Roger Deakin lived in from the early 1970s until his death in 2006.


    In 1970 Roger Deakin acquired Walnut Tree Farm, a semi-ruined Elizabethan farmhouse deep in the countryside of northern Suffolk, on the edge of Mellis Green, the largest area of common grazing land in England. The house's thatch and roof beams were rotting; pigs and hens had been its last occupants and the floors were ankle deep in shit. Leaving swinging London behind, Deakin bought the farm in a spirit of 'back to the land' fervour; and, in the coming decades, lovingly restored it. Deakin lived here until his death in 2006, dredging the moat (in which he swam daily), planting woods and buying more of the surrounding fields, where he grew hay and wild flowers. Walnut Tree Farm became a place of pilgrimage and inspiration for nature-lovers, writers, intellectuals and artists, while Deakin's Waterlog has become a much-loved classic of nature writing and gave impetus to the wild swimming movement.
    Rufus Deakin and Titus Rowlandson offer a beautifully illustrated and designed record of the development of Deakin's rural paradise, centred on a series of photographs taken by Roger Deakin himself, which record both the rebuilding of Walnut Tree Farm, the unique character of a remarkable building, and the seasonal cycle of nature in the land and countryside that surround it.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • LITERARY PARIS : A Photographic Tour
    LITERARY PARIS : A Photographic Tour
    ROBERTSON NICHOLE
    ISBN: 9781452169354
    Title: LITERARY PARIS : A Photographic Tour
    Author: ROBERTSON NICHOLE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Historic bookshops. Grand libraries. Hidden cafes. Literary Paris celebrates the bookish delights of Paris in a stunning photographic tour by Paris in Colour author Nichole Robertson. Turning her lens onto spots throughout the city both legendary and little-known, Robertson highlights quiet moments that every book-lover savors-inviting cafe scenes, comfy chairs, enticing book nooks-and the weathered charm of places steeped in centuries of literary history. Quotes by great writers-think Balzac, Colette-are interspersed throughout, and an index of locations featured and a timeline are also included. This immersive homage to the literary culture of the City of Light will transport and inspire bibliophiles and Francophiles alike.

    Imprint: CHRONICLE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • LIVING IN MEXICO
    LIVING IN MEXICO
    STOELTIE BARBARA
    ISBN: 9783836566919
    Title: LIVING IN MEXICO
    Author: STOELTIE BARBARA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Rustic wood, wrought iron, vibrant color, and tantalizing patterns: the homes of Mexico blend native tribal styles and Spanish architecture with warm, textured simplicity. Dive into inspiring and remarkable abodes in this updated, compact portfolio of villas, casitas, haciendas, cabanas, and palapas, featuring many unpublished images that paint...

    Imprint: TASCHEN - NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
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