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  • Notes From A Small Islandby Bill Bryson

    Transworld 2010; US$ 14.38 US$ 10.79

    In 1995, before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire to move back to the States for a few years with his family, Bill Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. His aim was to take stock of the nation's public face and private parts (as... more...

  • Brazilby Michael Palin

    Orion 2012; Not Available

    Michael Palin, the No.1 bestselling author, explores an exotic country that is now a global superpower. The only companion you need during the World Cup. Brazil is one of the four new global super powers with its vast natural resources and burgeoning industries. Half a continent in size and a potent mix of races, religions and cultures, of unexplored... more...

  • Patrick Leigh Fermorby Artemis Cooper

    Hodder & Stoughton 2012; Not Available

    Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) was a war hero whose exploits in Crete are legendary, and above all he is widely acclaimed as the greatest travel writer of our times, notably for his books about his walk across pre-war Europe, A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water ; he was a self-educated polymath, a lover of Greece and the best... more...

  • The People?s Songsby Stuart Maconie

    Ebury Publishing 2013; US$ 15.98

    These are the songs that we have listened to, laughed to, loved to and laboured to, as well as downed tools and danced to. Covering the last seven decades, Stuart Maconie looks at the songs that have sound tracked our changing times, and ? just sometimes ? changed the way we feel. Beginning with Vera Lynn?s ?We?ll Meet Again?, a song that... more...

  • The Art of Travelby Alain De Botton

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 16.00

    Any Baedeker will tell us where we ought to travel, but only Alain de Botton will tell us how and why. With the same intelligence and insouciant charm he brought to How Proust Can Save Your Life , de Botton considers the pleasures of anticipation; the allure of the exotic, and the value of noticing everything from a seascape in Barbados to... more...

  • Icons of Englandby Bill Bryson

    Transworld 2010; US$ 12.78 US$ 9.58

    This celebration of the English countryside does not only focus on the rolling green landscapes and magnificent monuments that set England apart from the rest of the world. Many of the contributors bring their own special touch, presenting a refreshingly eclectic variety of personal icons, from pub signs to seaside piers, from cattle grids to canal... more...

  • Made In Americaby Bill Bryson

    Transworld 2010; US$ 14.38 US$ 10.79

    Bill Bryson turns away from the highways and byways of middle America, so hilariously depicted in his bestselling The Lost Continent , for a fast, exhilarating ride along the Route 66 of American language and popular culture. In Made in America , Bryson de-mythologizes his native land - explaining how a dusty desert hamlet with neither woods nor... more...

  • Notes From A Big Countryby Bill Bryson

    Transworld 2010; US$ 14.38 US$ 10.79

    Bill Bryson has the rare knack of being out of his depth wherever he goes - even (perhaps especially) in the land of his birth. This became all too apparent when, after nearly two decades in England, the world's best-loved travel writer upped sticks with Mrs Bryson, little Jimmy et al. and returned to live in the country he had left as a youth.... more...

  • Far Away & Long Agoby W H Hudson; Nicholas Shakespeare

    Eland Publishing 2012; US$ 6.99

    Seen through the eyes of a young boy, the Argentine pampas was a land of freedom and endless exploration. In scintillating detail Hudson recalls its wild artichoke thistles, temporary lakes, spectacular storms, unforgettable trees and its pulsating bird life. He also captures the idiocyncracies of its human inhabitants and their multiracial households:... more...

  • Hope and Gloryby Stuart Maconie

    Ebury Publishing 2012; US$ 12.78

    In Hope and Glory Stuart Maconie goes in search of the days that shaped the Britain we live in today. Taking one event from each decade of the 20th century, he visits the places where history happened and still echoes down the years. Stuart goes to Orgreave and Windsor, Wembley and Wootton Bassett, assembling a unique cast of Britons from Sir Edmund... more...