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  • SALONICA : CITY OF GHOSTS CHRISTIANS MUSLIMS AND JEWS 1430-1950
    SALONICA : CITY OF GHOSTS CHRISTIANS MUSLIMS AND JEWS 1430-1950
    MAZOWER MARK
    ISBN: 9780007120222
    Title: SALONICA : CITY OF GHOSTS CHRISTIANS MUSLIMS AND JEWS 1430-1950
    Author: MAZOWER MARK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The history of a bewilderingly exotic city, rarely written about: five hundred years of clashing cultures and peoples, from the glories of Suleiman the Magnificent to its nadir under Nazi occupation. Salonica is the point where the wonders and horrors of the Orient and Europe have met over the centuries.Written with a Pepysian sense of the texture of daily life in the city through the ages, and with breathtakingly detailed historical research, Salonica evokes the sights, smells, habits, songs and responses of a unique city and its inhabitants. The history of Salonica is one of forgotten alternatives and wrong choices, of identities assumed and discarded. For centuries Jews, Christians and Muslims have succeeded each other in ascendancy, each people intent on erasing the presence of their predecessors, and the result is a city of extraordinarily rich cultural traditions and memories of extreme violence and genocide, one that sits on the overlapping hinterlands of both Europe and the East.Mark Mazower has written a work of astonishing depth and originality about this remarkable city. Magnificently researched and beautifully written, it is more than a book about a place; it studies in detail the way in which three great faiths and peoples have inhabited the same territory, and how smooth transitions and adaptations have been interwoven with violent endings and new beginnings.

    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • SALT PATH
    SALT PATH
    WINN RAYNOR
    ISBN: 9781405937184
    Title: SALT PATH
    Author: WINN RAYNOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years is terminally ill, their home is taken away and they lose their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset via Devon and Cornwall.

    Carrying only the essentials for survival on their backs, together they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky. Yet through every step, every encounter, and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable journey.

    The Salt Path is an honest and inspiring true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt, and rediscovered in the most unexpected ways.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SAVAGE DREAMLAND : Journeys in Burma
    SAVAGE DREAMLAND : Journeys in Burma
    EIMER DAVID
    ISBN: 9781408883884
    Title: SAVAGE DREAMLAND : Journeys in Burma
    Author: EIMER DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    David Eimer journeys to the heart of Burma, bringing to vivid life all of its riches and complexities

    From 1962, the people of Burma were marooned in a paranoid military dictatorship, effectively cut off from the outside world. It was only in late 2015 that the National League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, won absolute majority and were able to take their seats in government. Yet the government and country are still far from stable.
    Nothing is straightforward in this captivating and enigmatic land. In a country where building a temple takes priority over installing traffic lights, golf courses are ploughed out alongside fields of opium poppies and fortune-tellers are consulted on a daily basis even by the government, any sepia-tinged and colonial idea of Burma is long out of date. A Vicious Wonderland reveals it in all its technicolour glory. To explore its magic and depths, David Eimer takes his narrative through history, class and geography, including areas still barred to foreigners. This is a story balanced by historical context but related by the people with whom Eimer shares his time, from granddaughters of former presidents to the squatters in Yangon's shacks, from former political exiles to jade miners digging for their fortune in the far north.
    Layers of history are unfurled and innumerable stories are woven together to create a sensitive and revelatory portrait of this most mysterious of countries. Authoritative and ground-breaking, A Vicious Wonderland- Travels in Burma is set to be a modern classic of travel-writing.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SAVAGE DREAMLAND : Journeys in Burma
    SAVAGE DREAMLAND : Journeys in Burma
    EIMER DAVID
    ISBN: 9781408883815
    Title: SAVAGE DREAMLAND : Journeys in Burma
    Author: EIMER DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2020 New Release

    David Eimer journeys to the heart of Burma, bringing to vivid life all of its riches and complexities

    From 1962, the people of Burma were marooned in a paranoid military dictatorship, effectively cut off from the outside world. It was only in late 2015 that the National League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, won absolute majority and were able to take their seats in government. Yet the government and country are still far from stable.
    Nothing is straightforward in this captivating and enigmatic land. In a country where building a temple takes priority over installing traffic lights, golf courses are ploughed out alongside fields of opium poppies and fortune-tellers are consulted on a daily basis even by the government, any sepia-tinged and colonial idea of Burma is long out of date. A Vicious Wonderland reveals it in all its technicolour glory. To explore its magic and depths, David Eimer takes his narrative through history, class and geography, including areas still barred to foreigners. This is a story balanced by historical context but related by the people with whom Eimer shares his time, from granddaughters of former presidents to the squatters in Yangon's shacks, from former political exiles to jade miners digging for their fortune in the far north.
    Layers of history are unfurled and innumerable stories are woven together to create a sensitive and revelatory portrait of this most mysterious of countries. Authoritative and ground-breaking, A Vicious Wonderland- Travels in Burma is set to be a modern classic of travel-writing.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • SAVING OUR SKINGS : BUILDING A VINEYARD DREAM IN FRANCE
    SAVING OUR SKINGS : BUILDING A VINEYARD DREAM IN FRANCE
    FEELY CARO
    ISBN: 9781849536097
    Title: SAVING OUR SKINGS : BUILDING A VINEYARD DREAM IN FRANCE
    Author: FEELY CARO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On a winter's day it is beautiful, but on a spring day after bud burst it spells devastation. For Sean and Caro Feely, a couple whose love affair with wine and France has taken them through financial and physical struggle to create their organic vineyard, it could spell the end. Until they receive an unexpected call that could save their skins...

    Imprint: SUMMERSDALE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SECRET CITY : The Insiders Guide to the World's Coolest Neighbourhoods
    SECRET CITY : The Insiders Guide to the World's Coolest Neighbourhoods
    ISBN: 9781788689168
    Title: SECRET CITY : The Insiders Guide to the World's Coolest Neighbourhoods
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ditch the tourist crowds and get to the real heart of a place with Secret City; an essential guide to getting to know the most interesting, rewarding, a cool neighborhoods in cities around the world. Readers will discover the best little-known sights and things to do, plus the coolest places to eat, drink, and shop to create unforgettable trips.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SECRET MARVELS OF THE WORLD : 360 Extraordinary Places You Never Knew Existed and Where to Find Them
    SECRET MARVELS OF THE WORLD : 360 Extraordinary Places You Never Knew Existed and Where to Find Them
    ISBN: 9781786578655
    Title: SECRET MARVELS OF THE WORLD : 360 Extraordinary Places You Never Knew Existed and Where to Find Them
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Featuring communist bunkers, burning gas craters and at least one sponge-rock fluorescent grotto built by Polish monks, this book reveals weird and wonderful sights that the crowds don't reach. From eerie natural wonders to historical oddities and bizarre architecture, this is a travel companion for the incurably curious.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • SEINE : The River that Made Paris
    SEINE : The River that Made Paris
    SCIOLINO ELAINE
    ISBN: 9780393358599
    Title: SEINE : The River that Made Paris
    Author: SCIOLINO ELAINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A vibrant, enchanting tour of the Seine from longtime New York Times foreign correspondent and best- selling author Elaine Sciolino.

    In the spring of 1978, as a young journalist in Paris, Elaine Sciolino was seduced by a river. In The Seine, she tells the story of that river through its rich history and lively characters—a bargewoman, a riverbank bookseller, a houseboat- dweller, a famous cinematographer known for capturing the river’s light. She patrols with river police, rows with a restorer of antique boats, discovers a champagne vineyard, and even dares to swim in the Seine.

    Sciolino’s keen eye and vivid prose bring the river to life as she discovers its origins on a remote plateau in Burgundy, where a pagan goddess healed pilgrims at an ancient temple. She follows the Seine to Le Havre, where it meets the sea. Braiding memoir, travelogue, and history through the Seine’s winding route, Sciolino offers a love letter to Paris and the river at its heart and invites readers to explore its magic.

    Imprint: WILEY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SHADOW OF THE SILK ROAD   -   (Vintage Voyages)
    SHADOW OF THE SILK ROAD - (Vintage Voyages)
    THUBRON COLIN
    ISBN: 9781784875343
    Title: SHADOW OF THE SILK ROAD - (Vintage Voyages)
    Author: THUBRON COLIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    VINTAGE VOYAGES- A world of journeys, from the tallest mountains to the depths of the mind

    On buses, donkey carts, trains, jeeps and camels, Colin Thubron traces the drifts of the first great trade route out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran into Kurdish Turkey. A magnificent account of an ancient world in modern ferment, Thubron covers over 7000 miles in eight months Thubron enduring a near-miss with a drunk-driver, incarceration in a Chinese cell, and undergoing root canal treatment without anaesthetic, along the way.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • SHARK AND THE ALBATROSS : TRAVELS WITH A CAMERA TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH
    SHARK AND THE ALBATROSS : TRAVELS WITH A CAMERA TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH
    AITCHISON JOHN
    ISBN: 9781781255018
    Title: SHARK AND THE ALBATROSS : TRAVELS WITH A CAMERA TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH
    Author: AITCHISON JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    For twenty years John Aitchison has been travelling to distant places to film wildlife for the BBC and other broadcasters. The Shark and the Albatross is the story of his encounters with animals in remote, exotic, and dangerous places.


    For twenty years John Aitchison has been travelling the world to film wildlife for the BBC and other broadcasters, taking him to far-away places on every continent. The Shark and the Albatross is the story of these journeys of discovery, of his encounters with animals and occasional enterprising individuals in remote and sometimes dangerous places. His destinations include the far north and the far south, expeditions to film for Frozen Planet and other natural history series, in Svalbard, Alaska, the remote Atlantic island of South Georgia, and the Antarctic. They also encompass wild places in India, China and the United States. In all he finds and describes key moments in the lives of animals, among them polar bears and penguins, seals and whales, sharks and birds, and wolves and lynxes.

    He reveals what happens behind the scenes and beyond the camera. He explains the practicalities and challenges of the filming process, and the problems of survival in perilous places. He records touching moments and dramatic incidents, some ending in success, others desperately sad. There are times when a hunted animal triumphs against the odds, and others when, in spite of preparation for every outcome, disaster strikes. And, as the author shows in several incidents that combine nail-biting tension with hair-raising hilarity, disaster can strike for film-makers too.

    This is natural history writing at its absolute best, evocative, informative and gripping from first to last.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • SHEPHERDS LIFE : A TALE OF THE LAKE DISTRICT
    SHEPHERDS LIFE : A TALE OF THE LAKE DISTRICT
    REBANKS JAMES
    ISBN: 9780141979366
    Title: SHEPHERDS LIFE : A TALE OF THE LAKE DISTRICT
    Author: REBANKS JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations.

    In evocative and lucid prose, James Rebanks takes us through a shepherd's year, offering a unique account of rural life and a fundamental connection with the land that most of us have lost.



    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • SHORT WALK IN THE HINDU KUSH
    SHORT WALK IN THE HINDU KUSH
    NEWBY ERIC
    ISBN: 9780007367757
    Title: SHORT WALK IN THE HINDU KUSH
    Author: NEWBY ERIC
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A classic of travel writing, A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush is Eric Newby's iconic account of his journey through one of the most remote and beautiful wildernesses on earth.

    It was 1956, and Eric Newby was earning an improbable living in the chaotic family business of London haute couture. Pining for adventure, Newby sent his friend Hugh Carless the now-famous cable - CAN YOU TRAVEL NURISTAN JUNE? - setting in motion a legendary journey from Mayfair to Afghanistan, and the mountains of the Hindu Kush, north-east of Kabul.

    Inexperienced and ill prepared (their preparations involved nothing more than some tips from a Welsh waitress), the amateurish rogues embark on a month of adventure and hardship in one of the most beautiful wildernesses on earth - a journey that adventurers with more experience and sense may never have undertaken.

    With good humour, sharp wit and keen observation, the charming narrative style of A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush would soon crystallise Newby's reputation as one of the greatest travel writers of all time.

    One of the greatest travel classics from one of Britain's best-loved travel writers, this edition includes new photographs, an epilogue from Newby's travelling companion, Hugh Carless, and a prologue from one of Newby's greatest proponents, Evelyn Waugh.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SINGAPORE DREAM AND OTHER ADVENTURES : Travel Writings from an Asian Journey
    SINGAPORE DREAM AND OTHER ADVENTURES : Travel Writings from an Asian Journey
    HESSE HERMAN
    ISBN: 9781611805895
    Title: SINGAPORE DREAM AND OTHER ADVENTURES : Travel Writings from an Asian Journey
    Author: HESSE HERMAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Hermann Hesse's voyage to the East Indies, recorded in journal entries and other writings translated into English for the first time, describes the experiences that influenced his greatest works.

    In 1911, Hermann Hesse sailed through southeastern Asian waters on a trip that would define much of his later writing. With a peek into the workings of his mind through the pages of his journals, poems, and a short story--none of which have ever before been translated to English--these writings describe the real-life experiences that inspired Hesse to write his most famous works- Siddhartha, The Journey to the East, and others.

    Imprint: SHAMBALA
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SINNING ACROSS SPAIN : Walking the Old and New Camino    -   Updated Edition   **Special Price**
    SINNING ACROSS SPAIN : Walking the Old and New Camino - Updated Edition **Special Price**
    PIPER AILSA
    ISBN: 9780522872224
    Title: SINNING ACROSS SPAIN : Walking the Old and New Camino - Updated Edition **Special Price**
    Author: PIPER AILSA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Walking has been the constant in Ailsa Piper’s life. Setting down one foot after the other takes her to a transformative—and transcendent—place. Faced with the untimely death of her husband, Peter, her true north, Ailsa returns to the Camino trail, this time in France, to walk through her sorrow. This updated edition includes the story of a walk where the burden is grief, not the sins of others.

    Sinning Across Spain was inspired by the tradition of medieval walkers who were paid by others to carry their sins to holy places. Ailsa’s cargo included anger, envy, pride and lust. She hiked alone through the endless olive groves of the Camino Mozarabe, from the legendary southern city of Granada toward the centuries-old pilgrim destination, Santiago de Compostela, in the far north-west of Spain. In dusty pueblos and epic landscapes, miracles found her. Angels in both name and nature eased her path.

    Ailsa’s second pilgrimage is born of grief and death but ultimately sees her walking into life and hope.

    Imprint: Melbourne University Press
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $12.99
  • SIREN LAND : A Celebration of Life in Southern Italy
    SIREN LAND : A Celebration of Life in Southern Italy
    DOUGLAS NORMAN
    ISBN: 9781838602703
    Title: SIREN LAND : A Celebration of Life in Southern Italy
    Author: DOUGLAS NORMAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Norman Douglas, one of the 20th century's great travellers in Italy, was for most of his life inextricably, passionately, connected to the Bay of Naples. This breathtaking sweep of sea and coastline - dominated by Vesuvius and with Pozzuoli and Sorrento standing sentinel - was Douglas' first experience of Italy. It was here, on the island of Capri, that he died, some 55 years after first buying a villa in Naples. "Siren Land", Douglas' first travel book, is a homage to a part of the world that captivated him more than any other. Weaving the myths of the Sirens into the landscape and history of the region, Douglas writes with knowledge and an irrepressible exuberance of the past and the present, of legends and archaeology, folklore and daily life, patron saints, local ghosts, wine and the wind. As the summer draws to a close, Douglas' prose becomes suffused with a melancholy tinged with excitement at what still remains to be discovered- 'relics of Roman rule, of old Hellas, or medieval romance...These are the delights of Siren Land'. 'What makes "Siren Land" exceptional is the quality of the telling.
    Weaving scholarship, impressions, fact and fantasy into an intricate fabric as enchantingly entertaining and full of human interest as the best of fairy tales or ancient myths. One of the most memorable books of its genre' - Mark Holloway, in his introduction to "Siren Land".

    Imprint: TAURIS PARK BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SLOWLY DOWN THE GANGES
    SLOWLY DOWN THE GANGES
    NEWBY ERIC
    ISBN: 9780007367887
    Title: SLOWLY DOWN THE GANGES
    Author: NEWBY ERIC
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Slowly Down the Ganges' is seen as a vintage Newby masterpiece, alongside 'A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush' and 'Love and War in the Apennines'.

    Told with Newby's self-deprecating humour and wry attention to detail, this is a classic of the genre and a window into an enchanting piece of history. On his forty-forth birthday, Eric Newby sets out on an incredible journey: to travel the 1,200-mile length of India's holy river. In a misguided attempt to keep him out of trouble, Wanda, his life-long travel companion and wife, is to be his fellow boatwoman. Their plan is to begin in the great plain of Hardwar and finish in the Bay of Bengal, but the journey almost immediately becomes markedly slower and more treacherous than either had imagined - running aground sixty-three times in the first six days. Travelling in a variety of unstable boats, as well as by rail, bus and bullock cart, and resting at sandbanks and remote villages, the Newbys encounter engaging characters and glorious mishaps, including the non-existence of large-scale maps of the country, a realisation that questions of pure 'logic' cause grave offense and, on one occasion, the only person in sight for miles is an old man who is himself unsure where he is. Newby's only consolation: on a river, if you go downstream, you're sure to end up somewhere...

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
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