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  • 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
  • LINE IN THE RIVER : Khartoum City of Memory
    LINE IN THE RIVER : Khartoum City of Memory
    MAHJOUB JAMAL
    ISBN: 9781408885451
    Title: LINE IN THE RIVER : Khartoum City of Memory
    Author: MAHJOUB JAMAL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A moving portrait, part history, part memoir, of Sudan once the largest most diverse country in Africa and its self-destruction.
    In 1956, Sudan gained Independence from Britain. On the brink of a promising future, it instead descended into civil war and conflict, including the crisis in Darfur which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and driven many more from their homes.

    When the 1989 coup brought a hard-line Islamist regime to power, Jamal Mahjoub's family were among those who fled. Almost twenty years later, he returned, to find a country on the brink of rupture.

    Re-discovering the city in which his formative years were spent, Mahjoub encounters people and places that he left behind. The capital contains the keys to Sudan's divided, contradictory nature and while exploring the Khartoum's present - its changing identity and shifting moods, its wealthy elite and neglected poor - Mahjoub also delves into the country's troubled history, one turbulent with the rivalry between Christians and Muslims. His search for answers evolves into a thoughtful meditation on the meaning of identity, both personal and national.

    A Line in the River combines lyrical and evocative memoir with a nuanced exploration of a country's complex history, politics and religion. The result is both captivating and revelatory.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    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
    LIVING MOUNTAIN
    SHEPHERD NAN
    ISBN: 9781786897350
    Title: LIVING MOUNTAIN
    Author: SHEPHERD NAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The finest book ever written on nature and landscape in Britain.' - Guardian

    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
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • LONDONS UNDERGROUND : The Story of the Tube
    LONDONS UNDERGROUND : The Story of the Tube
    GREEN OLIVER
    ISBN: 9780711240131
    Title: LONDONS UNDERGROUND : The Story of the Tube
    Author: GREEN OLIVER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It is impossible to imagine London without the Tube: the beating heart of the city, the Underground shuttles over a billion passengers each year below its busy streets and across its leafy suburbs. The distinctive roundel, colour-coded maps and Johnston typeface have become design classics, recognised and imitated worldwide. Opening in 1863, the first sections were operated by steam engines, yet throughout its long history the Tube has been at the forefront of contemporary design, pioneering building techniques, electrical trains and escalators, and business planning. Architects such as Leslie W. Green and Charles Holden developed a distinctively English version of Modernism, and the latest stations for the Jubilee line extension, Overground and Elizabeth line carry this aesthetic forward into the twenty-first century.In this major work published in association with Transport for London, Tube expert Oliver Green traces the history of the Underground, following its troubles and triumphs, its wartime and peacetime work, and the essential part it has played in shaping London's economy, geography, tourism and identity. Specially commissioned photography by Benjamin Graham (UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017) brings the story to life in vivid portraits of London Underground's stations, tunnels and trains.

    Imprint: QUARTO US
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • 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: February 2020 New Release

    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: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
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