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  • Neither Here, Nor Thereby Bill Bryson

    Transworld 2010; US$ 14.38

    Bill Bryson's first travel book, The Lost Continent , was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years. In Neither here Nor there he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hamemrfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to istanbul... more...

  • The Lady and the Monkby Pico Iyer

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 15.95

    "Pico Iyers remarkable talent is enough justification for going anywhere in the world he fancies." -- Washington Post Book World From the Trade Paperback edition. ]]> more...

  • Saltby Mark Kurlansky

    Random House 2011; US$ 17.58

    Homer called it a divine substance. Plato described it as especially dear to the gods. As Mark Kurlansky so brilliantly relates here, salt has shaped civilisation from the beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of mankind. Wars have been fought over salt and, while salt taxes secured empires across Europe and... more...

  • Three Ways to Capsize a Boatby Chris Stewart

    Sort Of Books 2011; US$ 2.90

    If you?re wondering what Chris Stewart did before he and Ana moved to El Valero, their Spanish farm, here?s one of the answers. He took to the sea, landing a job as skipper for the summer, sailing a Cornish Crabber around the Greek islands. It was his dream job and there was just one tiny problem. He hadn?t ever sailed before and had not the foggiest... more...

  • Sky Burialby Xinran

    Random House 2010; US$ 14.38

    As a young girl in China Xinran heard a rumour about a soldier in Tibet who had been brutally fed to the vultures in a ritual known as a sky burial: the tale frightened and fascinated her. Several decades later Xinran met Shu Wan, a Chinese woman who had spent years searching for her missing husband who had been serving as a doctor in Tibet; her extraordinary... more...

  • Wildby Cheryl Strayed

    Atlantic Books Ltd 2012; US$ 7.28

    Selected to be read on Radio Four's Book of the Week. 'One of the best books I've read in the last five or ten years... Wild is angry, brave, sad, self-knowing, redemptive, raw, compelling, and brilliantly written, and I think it's destined to be loved by a lot of people, men and women, for a very long time.' --Nick Hornby At twenty-six, Cheryl... more...

  • Assassination Vacationby Sarah Vowell

    Simon & Schuster 2005; US$ 16.00

    New York Times bestselling author of The Word Shipmates and contributor to NPR?s ?This American Life? Sarah Vowell embarks on a road trip to sites of political violence, from Washington DC to Alaska, to better understand our nation?s ever-evolving political system and history. more...

  • The Pilgrimageby Paulo Coelho

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    Here Paulo Coelho details his journey across Spain along the legendaryroad of San Tiago, which pilgrims have travelled since Middle Ages. On this contemporary quest, he encounters a Chaucerian variety of mysterious guides and devilish opponents and learns to understand the nature of truth through the simplicity of life. The Pilgrimage holds an important... more...

  • One Summerby Bill Bryson

    Transworld 2013; US$ 14.38

    In summer 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day (and slept much of the rest), a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and an unknown aviator named Charles Lindbergh who became the most famous man on earth. It was the summer that saw the birth of talking pictures, the invention... more...

  • The Guidebook Experimentby David Bockino

    Travelers' Tales 2015; US$ 18.95

    Our modern day, multimedia, information-obsessed culture has fundamentally altered much of what we do day-to-day. The way we shop and pay bills. The way we communicate. The way we research, study, and learn. In the realm of travel we have more tools than ever telling us where to go, how to get there, what it will look like, what to do, and why we... more...