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  • ITALIAN LIFE : A Modern Fable of Loyalty and Betrayal
    ITALIAN LIFE : A Modern Fable of Loyalty and Betrayal
    PARKS TIM
    ISBN: 9781787302143
    Title: ITALIAN LIFE : A Modern Fable of Loyalty and Betrayal
    Author: PARKS TIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: PUBLICATION DELAYED

    Forty years ago, Tim Parks made the bel paese his home. Italian Life is his reckoning with his adopted country, an attempt to get to the core of it, to make sense of it, to fold others' stories in with his own experience - now that he is, in his own words, 'to some degree Italian' himself.

    The result is an arresting, on-the-ground account of 21st century Italy told through the eyes of a rich cast of characters, among them students from poverty-stricken Basilicata trying to start new lives in the wealthy gloom of Milan, a priest, a poet, a young professor from Padua, and an Englishman who refuses to toe the line.

    At the book's centre is a story of corruption and power. But it is also a celebration of culture and history, fact and fable, sacred and secular, ancient and modern- a thought-provoking, surprising, entertaining and even definitive account of how Italy actually happens.

    Imprint: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • 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 : Passenger Volume 1
    JAPAN : Passenger Volume 1
    ISBN: 9781787702196
    Title: JAPAN : Passenger Volume 1
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: June 2020 New Release

    Visitors from the West look with amazement, and sometimes concern, at Japan's monolithic social structures and unique, complex culture industry; the gigantic scale of its tech corporations and the resilience of its traditions; the extraordinary diversity of the subcultures that flourish in its "post-human" megacities. The country nonetheless remains an impossibly complicated jig- saw puzzle whose overall design eludes us. Its inscrutability has made the country an inexhaustible source of inspiration for stories, reflections, and re- portage. The subjects in this volume range from the Japanese veneration of the dead to the Tokyo music scene, from urban alienation to cinema, from sumo to machismo. Caught between an ageing population and extreme post-mod- ernity, immobile yet futuristic, Japan is an ideal observation point from which to understand our age and the one to come.

    Imprint: Europa Editions
    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
  • JOY OF WATER
    JOY OF WATER
    ISBN: 9781838690465
    Title: JOY OF WATER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Idyllic wild swimming holes, alluring lakes and magical coves; discover more than 60 locations around the world to experience The Joy of Water with this inspirational new book from Lonely Planet. Tap into the 'water wellness' trend with personal stories about the best places to take a dip and forge a stronger connection to the elements through joyful interactions with water.

    Divided into five chapters (Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania), journey to some of the world's most far-flung corners in the search of sublime aquatic experiences, whether that's for relaxing, contemplation or adventure. From wild swims off Britain's remotest beach and coral reef-fuelled snorkelling trips in idyllic Mozambique, to sumptuous soaks in Iceland's geothermally-heated pools and chill-out time with non-stinging jellyfish in Palau's magical hidden lake, no corner is left unexplored.

    With exquisite full-colour photography throughout and expert advice from Lonely Planet's seasoned travel writers, be inspired to experience The Joy of Water all over the globe.


    Featured experiences include:

    Peering down a 354-foot drop from your spot atop Victoria Falls' thrilling infinity pool in Zambia
    Swimming in the sacred River Ganges as it bursts from the Himalaya and enters into India's rolling plains
    Snorkelling with the world's largest fish, the mighty whale shark, in the kaleidoscopic coral reefs of Ningaloo off western Australia
    Kayaking through the magical Fairy Pools on Scotland's windswept Isle of Skye
    Cooling off with a dip in Guatemala's tranquil and jungle-clad swimming pools in Semuc Champey
    Gazing at the hypnotising beauty of the surrounding mountains from Oregon's Crater Lake, the deepest in the United States of America

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • LAKELAND : A Personal Journey
    LAKELAND : A Personal Journey
    DAVIES HUNTER
    ISBN: 9781789545586
    Title: LAKELAND : A Personal Journey
    Author: DAVIES HUNTER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of Britain's best-loved writers celebrates one of England's best-loved and loveliest regions, in well-chosen words and images.

    'I don't know any tract of land in which in so narrow a compass may be found an equal variety of sublime and beautiful features'. So said the poet Wordsworth of England's Lake District, an area as rich in cultural associations as it is in beautiful scenery. Hunter Davies, who has spent every summer in the Lake District for nearly half a century, takes the reader on an engaging, informative and affectionate tour of the lakes, fells, traditions, denizens and history of England's most popular tourist destination. From the first discovery of Lakeland as a tourist destination in the 18th century, to the tale of the Maid of Buttermere, to the poet Coleridge's ascent of Scafell Pike in 1802, to such enduring local traditions as Cumberland wrestling and hound trailing, Hunter Davies brings England's Lake District memorably and informatively to life.

    Imprint: Head of Zeus
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • 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
  • LIVING MOUNTAIN : A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland
    LIVING MOUNTAIN : A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland
    SHEPHERD NAN
    ISBN: 9780857861832
    Title: LIVING MOUNTAIN : A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland
    Author: SHEPHERD NAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this masterpiece of nature writing, Nan Shepherd describes her journeys into the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland. There she encounters a world that can be breathtakingly beautiful at times and shockingly harsh at others. Her intense, poetic prose explores and records the rocks, rivers, creatures and hidden aspects of this remarkable landscape. Shepherd spent a lifetime in search of the 'essential nature' of the Cairngorms; her quest led her to write this classic meditation on the magnificence of mountains, and on our imaginative relationship with the wild world around us. Composed during the Second World War, the manuscript of The Living Mountain lay untouched for more than thirty years before it was finally published.

    Imprint: Canongate Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • LONDON OVERGROUND : A DAYS WALK AROUND THE GINGER LINE
    LONDON OVERGROUND : A DAYS WALK AROUND THE GINGER LINE
    SINCLAIR IAIN
    ISBN: 9780241971499
    Title: LONDON OVERGROUND : A DAYS WALK AROUND THE GINGER LINE
    Author: SINCLAIR IAIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'A walk around the circuit of the elevated railway, that accidental re-mapping of London, in a single day.'

    The completion of the full circle of London Overground provides Iain Sinclair with a new path to walk the shifting territory of the capital. It is a route haunted by the unquiet voices of the city's many literary ghosts. With thirty-three stations and thirty-five miles to tramp - plus inevitable and unforeseen detours and false steps - he embarks on a marathon circumnavigation at street level, tracking the necklace of garages, fish farms, bakeries, convenience cafés, cycle repair shops and Minder lock-ups which enclose inner London.

    'A delirious, often hilarious urban palimpsest where pin-sharp observation, cultural hauntings and offbeat memoir fuse in sentences that catch your breath.' Independent

    'A haunting vivisection of London. For the aficionado, London Overground will deliver all the delights of Sinclair's edgy and hard-edged prose, for those who do not know his work it is an accessible starting point for one of the most rewarding oeuvres in 21st-century literature.' Scotland on Sunday

    'Necessary and triumphant.' Observer

    'Utterly sincere, highly personal - and, for the most part, right.' The Times Literary Supplement

    'For my money the most crucial and most bar-adjusting voice currently resonating in the English language. Those who aspire to understand what is happening in modern writing should start here.' Alan Moore



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • LONELY PLANETS GLOBAL CHOCOLATE TOUR
    LONELY PLANETS GLOBAL CHOCOLATE TOUR
    ISBN: 9781788689458
    Title: LONELY PLANETS GLOBAL CHOCOLATE TOUR
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Chock-full of the world's tastiest chocolate experiences, the latest book in our Global Tour series is sure to satisfy the sweet tooth of cocoa lovers near and far. From South America to Europe to Australia, Lonely Planet's Global Chocolate Tour includes master chocolatiers and artisan producers, exotic cocoa plantations, and must-visit shops, plus illustrated spreads on the history, production, and science of chocolate making.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • LOST CONTINENT : Travels in Small-Town America
    LOST CONTINENT : Travels in Small-Town America
    BRYSON BILL
    ISBN: 9781784161804
    Title: LOST CONTINENT : Travels in Small-Town America
    Author: BRYSON BILL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to’

    And, as soon as Bill Bryson was old enough, he left. Des Moines couldn’t hold him, but it did lure him back. After ten years in England, he returned to the land of his youth, and drove almost 14,000 miles in search of a mythical small town called Amalgam, the kind of trim and sunny place where the films of his youth were set. Instead, his search led him to Anywhere, USA; a lookalike strip of gas stations, motels and hamburger outlets populated by lookalike people with a penchant for synthetic fibres. He discovered a continent that was doubly lost; lost to itself because blighted by greed, pollution, mobile homes and television; lost to him because he had become a stranger in his own land.

    Bryson’s acclaimed first success, The Lost Continent is a classic of travel literature – hilariously, stomach-achingly, funny, yet tinged with heartache – and the book that first staked Bill Bryson’s claim as the most beloved writer of his generation.

    Imprint: Black Swan
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • LOST JAPAN
    LOST JAPAN
    KERR ALEX
    ISBN: 9780141979748
    Title: LOST JAPAN
    Author: KERR ALEX
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Once Japan was a place of primeval forest and pristine mountains. In recent decades, this ancient world has almost been destroyed. Alex Kerr's evocative, prize-winning Lost Japan ranges over Kabuki theatre, tea ceremonies, art, landscape, financial bubbles and his own childhood in Japan to explore a vanishing culture.

    'Alex Kerr's book carries a powerful message applicable to all cultures. He is on a life-long quest for beauty.' Issey Miyake

    'This deeply personal witness to Japan's wilful loss of its traditional culture is at the same time an immensely valuable evaluation of just what that culture was.' Donald Richie, author of The Japanese Film

    'Alex Kerr loves Japan as much as anyone, but he knows more about it than most.' Stephen Hesse, Japan Times



    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • LOST PIANOS OF SIBERIA
    LOST PIANOS OF SIBERIA
    ROBERTS SOPHY
    ISBN: 9780857524959
    Title: LOST PIANOS OF SIBERIA
    Author: ROBERTS SOPHY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Siberia's story is traditionally one of exiles, penal colonies and unmarked graves. Yet there is another tale to tell.

    Dotted throughout this remote land are pianos - grand instruments created during the boom years of the Nineteenth Century, and humble, Soviet-made uprights that found their way into equally modest homes. They tell the story of how, ever since entering Russian culture under the influence of Catherine the Great, piano music has run through the country like blood.

    How these pianos travelled into this snow-bound wilderness in the first place is testament to noble acts of fortitude by governors, adventurers and exiles. That stately instruments might still exist in such a hostile landscape is remarkable. That they are still capable of making music in far-flung villages is nothing less than a miracle.

    But this is Siberia, where people can endure the worst of the world - and where music reveals a deep humanity in the last place on earth you would expect to find it.

    Imprint: Doubleday Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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