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  • ON THE PLAIN OF SNAKES
    ON THE PLAIN OF SNAKES
    THEROUX PAUL
    ISBN: 9780241977521
    Title: ON THE PLAIN OF SNAKES
    Author: THEROUX PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2020 New Release

    Nogales is a border town caught between Mexico and the United States of America. A 40-foot steel fence runs through its centre, separating the prosperous US side from the impoverished Mexican side. It is a fascinating site of tension, now more than ever, as the town fills with hopeful border crossers and the deportees who have been caught and brought back. And it is here that Paul Theroux will begin his journey into the culturally rich but troubled heart of modern Mexico.

    Mexico is a country that has captured literary imaginations from D. H. Lawrence and Graham Greene to Aldous Huxley. Now Paul Theroux, master of travel writing, immerses himself, attending local language and culinary schools, driving through the country, getting under its skin.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • ON THE PLAIN OF SNAKES : A Mexican Road Trip
    ON THE PLAIN OF SNAKES : A Mexican Road Trip
    THEROUX PAUL
    ISBN: 9780241266687
    Title: ON THE PLAIN OF SNAKES : A Mexican Road Trip
    Author: THEROUX PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Nogales is a border town caught between Mexico and the United States of America. A forty-foot steel fence runs through its centre, separating the prosperous US side from the impoverished Mexican side. It is a fascinating site of tension, now more than ever, as the town fills with hopeful border crossers and the deportees who have been caught and brought back. And it is here that Paul Theroux will begin his journey into the culturally rich but troubled heart of modern Mexico.

    Mexico is a country that has captured literary imaginations from D. H. Lawrence and Graham Greene to Aldous Huxley. Now Paul Theroux, master of travel writing, immerses himself, attending local language and culinary schools, driving through the country, getting under its skin.

    Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $12.99
  • ONE RIVER : EXPLORATIONS AND DISCOVERIES IN THE AMAZON RAIN FOREST
    ONE RIVER : EXPLORATIONS AND DISCOVERIES IN THE AMAZON RAIN FOREST
    DAVIS WADE
    ISBN: 9780099592969
    Title: ONE RIVER : EXPLORATIONS AND DISCOVERIES IN THE AMAZON RAIN FOREST
    Author: DAVIS WADE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From the author of INTO THE SILENCE, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.

    In 1941, Richard Evans Schultes took a leave of absence from Harvard University and disappeared into the Northern Amazon of Colombia.

    The world's leading authority on the hallucinogens and medicinal plants of the region, he returned after twelve years of travelling through South America in a dug-out canoe, mapping uncharted rivers, living among local tribes and documenting the knowledge of shamans.

    Thirty years later, his student Wade Davis landed in Bogota to follow in his mentor's footsteps u so creating an epic tale of undaunted adventure, a compelling work of natural history and a testament to the spirit of scientific exploration.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ONLY STREET IN PARIS : Life on the Rue Des Martyrs
    ONLY STREET IN PARIS : Life on the Rue Des Martyrs
    SCIOLINO ELAINE
    ISBN: 9780393353402
    Title: ONLY STREET IN PARIS : Life on the Rue Des Martyrs
    Author: SCIOLINO ELAINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Part memoir, part travelogue, part love letter to the people who live and work on a magical street in Paris.


    Elaine Sciolino, the former Paris bureau chief of the New York Times, invites us on a tour of her favorite Parisian street. "I can never be sad on the rue des Martyrs," Sciolino explains, as she celebrates the neighborhood's rich history and vibrant lives. While many cities suffer from the leveling effects of globalization, the rue des Martyrs maintains its distinct allure. Sciolino reveals the charms and idiosyncrasies of this street and its longtime residents - the Tunisian greengrocer, the husband-and-wife cheesemongers, the showman who's been running a transvestite cabaret for more than half a century, the owner of a 100-year-old bookstore, the woman who repairs eighteenth-century mercury barometers - making Paris come alive in all its unique majesty.

    The Only Street in Paris will make readers hungry for Paris, for cheese and wine, and for the kind of street life that is all too quickly disappearing.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • OUTPOST : A Journey to the Wild Ends of the Earth
    OUTPOST : A Journey to the Wild Ends of the Earth
    RICHARDS DAN
    ISBN: 9781786891570
    Title: OUTPOST : A Journey to the Wild Ends of the Earth
    Author: RICHARDS DAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There are still wild places out there on our crowded planet.

    Through a series of personal journeys, Dan Richards explores the appeal of far-flung outposts in mountains, tundra, forests, oceans and deserts. Following a route from the Cairngorms of Scotland to the fire-watch lookouts of Washington State; from Iceland's 'Houses of Joy' to the Utah desert; frozen ghost towns in Svalbard to shrines in Japan; Roald Dahl's writing hut to a lighthouse in the North Atlantic, Richards explores landscapes which have inspired writers, artists and musicians, and asks: why are we drawn to wilderness? What can we do to protect them? And what does the future hold for outposts on the edge?

    Imprint: Canongate Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • PAGAN LIGHT : Dreams of Freedom and Beauty in Capri
    PAGAN LIGHT : Dreams of Freedom and Beauty in Capri
    JAMES JAMIE
    ISBN: 9781250251145
    Title: PAGAN LIGHT : Dreams of Freedom and Beauty in Capri
    Author: JAMES JAMIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: March 2020 New Release

    Isolated and arrestingly beautiful, the island of Capri has been a refuge for renegade artists and writers fleeing the strictures of conventional society from the time of Augustus, who bought the island in 29 BC after defeating Antony and Cleopatra, to the early twentieth century, when the poet and novelist Jacques d’Adelswärd-Fersen was in exile there after being charged with corrupting minors, to the 1960s, when Truman Capote spent time on the island. We also meet the Marquis de Sade, Goethe, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Compton Mackenzie, Rilke, Lenin, and Gorky, among other astonishingly vivid characters.

    Grounded in a deep intimacy with Capri and full of captivating anecdotes, Jamie James’s<Pagan Light tells how a tiny island served as a wildly permissive haven for people—queer, criminal, sick, marginalized, and simply crazy—who had nowhere else to go.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • PARIS : A Curious Traveler's Guide
    PARIS : A Curious Traveler's Guide
    ALDRIDGE ELEANOR
    ISBN: 9781682683880
    Title: PARIS : A Curious Traveler's Guide
    Author: ALDRIDGE ELEANOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A fresh approach to visiting the “city of love”

    In the last few years, Paris has undergone a huge transformation. It’s fostered one of the coolest creative scenes in Europe, some of the continent’s best nightlife, and a “bistronomy” movement that has influenced dining around the globe. Yet while millennial travelers pour into the city, travel guides continue to focus on a staid checklist approach to Paris’s big attractions. There’s currently no book on the market aimed at younger (perhaps more budget-conscious) American visitors that truly captures the city’s revived energy?until this one.

    A Curious Traveler’s Guide to Paris will direct readers to the best paintings in the Centre Pompidou and tell them how to beat the lines at the Orangerie. It will guide them to quirky, little-known museums and secret squares. It will tell them how to find the city’s coolest speakeasies, best neo- bistros, and most unusual boutiques. Informative yet opinionated, it is an insider’s guide to Paris without pretension.

    Imprint: WILEY
    RRP: $35.99

    Price: $35.99
  • PARIS : An Inspired Wander Through the City of Lights
    PARIS : An Inspired Wander Through the City of Lights
    CARROLL ALEXANDRA
    ISBN: 9781925481471
    Title: PARIS : An Inspired Wander Through the City of Lights
    Author: CARROLL ALEXANDRA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Paris is thrillingly unique. No other city has captured the hearts and imaginations of artists and lovers quite like this historic metropolis. Whether you're visiting Paris for the first time, or you're a seasoned Francophile looking to escape the crowds and discover the lesser-known streets that hide behind the grand Haussmann façades - the tucked-away squares, bars, eateries and shops that only the locals know about - Paris has it all.

    This lovingly curated guide invites you into the city's famous arrondissements and the distinctive charms of its quartiers. Lose yourself in the endless museums and galleries, from the imposing and monumental Louvre to lesser-known gems, such as the delightful Musée de Montmartre. Discover a world of haute couture, local markets and ateliers, and enjoy the finest cuisine courtesy of the chefs and bartenders championing oldeworlde classics alongside the neo-bistro movement and craft-cocktail scene. Filled with stunning photography that showcases the elegance and beauty that only Paris can offer, Paris will whisk you away and enthral you time and again. Here is the ultimate travel guide for wanderers, travellers and dreamers alike.

    Imprint: PLUM
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • PARIS TO THE PAST : TRAVELING THROUGH FRENCH HISTORY BY TRAIN
    PARIS TO THE PAST : TRAVELING THROUGH FRENCH HISTORY BY TRAIN
    CARO INA
    ISBN: 9780393343151
    Title: PARIS TO THE PAST : TRAVELING THROUGH FRENCH HISTORY BY TRAIN
    Author: CARO INA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In one of the most inventive travel books in years, Ina Caro invites readers on twenty-five one-day train trips that depart from Paris and transport us back through seven hundred years of French history. Whether taking us to Orleans to evoke the miraculous visions of Joan of Arc, to Versailles to experience the flamboyant achievements of Louis XIV or to the Place de la Concorde to witness the beheading of Marie Antoinette, Caro animates history with her lush descriptions of architectural splendours and tales of court intrigue. Organising her destinations chronologically, Caro appeals not only to the casual tourist but also to the armchair reader. Caro's passion for and knowledge of France are so impressive that Paris to the Past promises to become one of the classic guidebooks of our time.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • PERSEUS IN THE WIND : A Life of Travel
    PERSEUS IN THE WIND : A Life of Travel
    STARK FREYA
    ISBN: 9781838601812
    Title: PERSEUS IN THE WIND : A Life of Travel
    Author: STARK FREYA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Written just after the Second World War, Perseus in the Wind (named after the constellation) is perhaps the most personal, and haunting, of all Freya Stark's writings. She muses on the seasons, the effect light has on a landscape at a particular time of day, the smell of the earth after rain, Muslim saints, Indian temples, war and old age. Each chapter is devoted to a particular theme- happiness (simple pleasures, like her father's passion for the view from his cabin in Canada); education (to be able to command happiness, recognize beauty, value death, increase enjoyment); beauty (incongruous, flighty and elusive - a description of the stars, the burst of flowers in a park); death (a childhood awareness of the finality of time, the meaningfulness of the end); memory (the jewelled quality of literature, pleasure, love, an echo or a scent when aged by the passage of time). For those who have loved her travel writing, Perseus in the Wind illuminates the motivations behind her journeys and the woman behind the traveller.

    Imprint: TAURIS PARK BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • PRAVDA HA HA : True Travels to the End of Europe
    PRAVDA HA HA : True Travels to the End of Europe
    MACLEAN RORY
    ISBN: 9781408896518
    Title: PRAVDA HA HA : True Travels to the End of Europe
    Author: MACLEAN RORY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2020 New Release

    Shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award

    'A gem of a book, informative, companionable, sometimes funny, and wholly original. MacLean must surely be the outstanding, and most indefatigable, traveller-writer of our time' John le Carr

    In 1989 the Berlin Wall fell. In that euphoric year Rory MacLean travelled from Berlin to Moscow, exploring lands that were o for most Brits and Americans o part of the forgotten half of Europe. Thirty years on, MacLean traces his original journey backwards, across countries confronting old ghosts and new fears- from revanchist Russia, through Ukraine's bloodlands, into illiberal Hungary, and then Poland, Germany and the UK. Along the way he shoulders an AK-47 to go hunting with Moscow's chicken Tsar, plays video games in St Petersburg with a cyber-hacker who cracked the US election, drops by the Che Guevara High School of Political Leadership in a non-existent nowhereland and meets the Warsaw doctor who tried to stop a march of 70,000 nationalists. Finally, on the shores of Lake Geneva, he waits patiently to chat with Mikhail Gorbachev.
    As Europe sleepwalks into a perilous new age, MacLean explores how opportunists o both within and outside of Russia, from Putin to Home Counties populists o have made a joke of truth, exploiting refugees and the dispossessed, and examines the veracity of historical narrative from reportage to fiction and fake news. He asks what happened to the optimism of 1989 and, in the shadow of Brexit, chronicles the collapse of the European dream.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • RAIN : Four Walks in English Weather
    RAIN : Four Walks in English Weather
    HARRISON MELISSA
    ISBN: 9780571328949
    Title: RAIN : Four Walks in English Weather
    Author: HARRISON MELISSA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A wonderful meditation on the English landscape in wet weather by the acclaimed novelist and nature writer, Melissa Harrison.

    Whenever rain falls, our countryside changes. Fields, farms, hills and hedgerows appear altered, the wildlife behaves differently, and over time the terrain itself is transformed.

    In Rain, Melissa Harrison explores our relationship with the weather as she follows the course of four rain showers, in four seasons, across Wicken Fen, Shropshire, the Darent Valley and Dartmoor.

    Blending these expeditions with reading, research, memory and imagination, she reveals how rain is not just an essential element of the world around us, but a key part of our own identity too.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • RHINE
    RHINE
    COATES BEN
    ISBN: 9781473665095
    Title: RHINE
    Author: COATES BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    *SHORTLISTED FOR THE STANFORD DOLMAN TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD*

    The Rhine is one of the world's greatest rivers. Once forming the outer frontier of the Roman Empire, it flows 800 miles from the social democratic playground of the Netherlands, through the industrial and political powerhouses of Germany and France, to the wealthy mountain fortresses of Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
    For five years, Ben Coates lived alongside a major channel of the river in Rotterdam, crossing it daily, swimming and sailing in its tributaries. In THE RHINE, he sets out by bicycle from the Netherlands where it enters the North Sea, following it through Germany, France and Liechtenstein, to its source in the icy Alps. He explores the impact that the Rhine has had on European culture and history and finds out how influences have flowed along and across the river, shaping the people who live alongside it.
    Blending travelogue and offbeat history, THE RHINE tells the fascinating story of how a great river helped shape a continent.

    Imprint: NICHOLAS BREALEY
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ROAD TO LITTLE DRIBBLING : MORE NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND
    ROAD TO LITTLE DRIBBLING : MORE NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND
    BRYSON BILL
    ISBN: 9780552779838
    Title: ROAD TO LITTLE DRIBBLING : MORE NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND
    Author: BRYSON BILL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes From A Small Island, was taken to the nation's heart and became the bestselling travel book ever, and was also voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain.Now, to mark the twentieth anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey round Britain to see what has changed.

    Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath, by way of places that many people never get to at all, Bryson sets out to rediscover the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly unique country that he thought he knew but doesn't altogether recognize any more. Yet, despite Britain's occasional failings and more or less eternal bewilderments, Bill Bryson is still pleased to call our rainy island home. And not just because of the cream teas, a noble history, and an extra day off at Christmas.

    Once again, with his matchless homing instinct for the funniest and quirkiest, his unerring eye for the idiotic, the endearing, the ridiculous and the scandalous, Bryson gives us an acute and perceptive insight into all that is best and worst about Britain today.

    Imprint: BLACK SWAN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ROAD TO OXIANA
    ROAD TO OXIANA
    BYRON ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780099523888
    Title: ROAD TO OXIANA
    Author: BYRON ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1933, the delightfully eccentric Robert Byron set out on a journey through the Middle East via Beirut, Jerusalem, Baghdad and Teheran to Oxiana u the country of the Oxus, the ancient name for the river Amu Darya which formed part of the border between Afghanistan and the Soviet Union. While his arrival at his destination, the legendary tower of Qabus, is a wonder, the journey itself is a captivating, quirky record of his adventures and a rare account of the architectural treasures of a region now inaccessible to most Western travellers.

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ROADS TO SATA
    ROADS TO SATA
    BOOTH ALAN
    ISBN: 9780141992839
    Title: ROADS TO SATA
    Author: BOOTH ALAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2020 New Release

    One sunny spring morning in the seventies, an unlikely Englishman set out on a pilgrimage that would take him across Japan's entire length. Traveling only along small back roads, Alan Booth travelled on foot from Soya, the country's northernmost tip, to Sata in the extreme south, traversing three islands and some 2,000 miles of rural Japan. His mission- 'to come to grips with the business of living here,' after having spent most of his adult life in Tokyo.

    The Roads to Sata is a wry, witty, inimitable account of that prodigious trek, vividly revealing the reality of life off-the-tourist-track in Japan. Journeying alongside Booth, we encounter the wide variety of people who inhabit the Japanese countryside - from fishermen and soldiers, to bar hostesses and school teachers, to hermits, drunks and the homeless. We glimpse vast stretches of coastline and rambling townscapes, mountains and motorways; watch baseball games and sunrises; sample trout and Kilamanjaro beer, hear folklore, poems, and smutty jokes. Throughout, we enjoy the wit and insight of a uniquely perceptive guide, and more importantly, discover a new face of an often-misunderstood nation.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
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