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  • A Mountain In Tibetby Charles Allen

    Little, Brown Book Group 2013; Not Available

    Throughout the East there runs a legend of a great mountain at the centre of the world, where four rivers have their source. Charles Allen traces this legend to Western Tibet where there stands Kailas, worshipped by Hindus and Buddhists alike as the home of their gods and the navel of the world. Close by are the sources of four mighty rivers: the... more...

  • Dreaming Of Jupiterby Ted Simon

    Little, Brown Book Group 2012; Not Available

    Ted Simon is the author of the classic travel book JUPITER'S TRAVELS. It documents his four-year journey round the world by motorbike, travelling through Europe, Africa, South and North America, and Asia. A number one bestseller in the late 1970s, it is still regarded as one of the greatest motorcycle books - indeed, one of the greatest travel books... more...

  • A Place in Italyby Simon Mawer

    Little, Brown Book Group 2012; Not Available

    'You can't go and live there,' a despairing friend remarked, 'it's not even in Rome.' And it certainly wasn't, but still the author and his wife went to Avea, tucked away amongst the woods and gorges of the Lazio countryside. There they found no Colosseum, or Pantheon; there were no Ferraris racing around the Palazzi... more...

  • Adrift in Caledoniaby Nick Thorpe

    Little, Brown Book Group 2009; Not Available

    One clear morning in May, Nick Thorpe left his Edinburgh flat, ducked off the commuter route and hitched a ride aboard a little white canal boat, heading west towards the sea. It was the first mutinous step in a delightful boat-hopping odyssey that would take him 2500 miles through Scotland?s canals, lochs and coastal waters, from the industrial Clyde... more...

  • Eight Men and a Duckby Nick Thorpe

    Little, Brown Book Group 2009; Not Available

    Nick Thorpe was innocently travelling around South America with his wife, Ali, when he came across an American adventurer planning to sail from Chile to Easter Island on a Bolivian boat made of reeds. Inspired by the great Thor Heyerdahl, Phil Buck had recruited seven men to join him on this experiment to discover whether it might have been possible... more...

  • Springtime for Germanyby Ben Donald

    Little, Brown Book Group 2011; Not Available

    With no apparent sense of humour and their excessive speed when securing sunloungers, the German people and their country have had a terrible reputation among the British since time immemorial (or 1914). So, going where very few travel-writers and holidaymakers have gone before, Ben Donald has visited Germany in order to overturn stereotypes and, at... more...

  • Urban Worrierby Nick Thorpe

    Little, Brown Book Group 2011; Not Available

    Hunched exhausted at his computer one ordinary Monday morning, world-class workaholic Nick Thorpe has reached the end of his tether. Fearing for his health and family life, he knows something has to change. But where to start when trying too hard is part of the problem? Nick makes a bold resolution: he will spend a year learning to let go. Beginning... more...

  • Bandit Roadsby Richard Grant

    Little, Brown Book Group 2009; Not Available

    There are many ways to die in the Sierra Madre, a notorious nine-hundred-mile mountain range in northern Mexico where AK-47s are fetish objects, the law is almost non-existent and power lies in the hands of brutal drug mafias. Thousands of tons of opium and marijuana are produced there every year. Richard Grant thought it would be a good idea to travel... more...

  • Limey Gumshoeby Will Randall

    Little, Brown Book Group 2009; Not Available

    House-sitting in Boston one winter, Will Randall picks up with one of his more disreputable travel buddies, Jack J. Makepeace, and life gets a great deal more exciting. Makepeace introduces Randall to his current employers, Chestnut Investigations, and soon Will finds himself appointed apprentice Private Investigator. He tails mongrels and errant... more...

  • Another Long Day on the Pisteby Will Randall

    Little, Brown Book Group 2009; Not Available

    Writer, adventurer, ex-teacher and veteran of umpteen travel disasters, Will Randall has fallen off donkeys in Spain and out of canoes in the Solomon Islands, but none of this has prepared him for a disastrous season as a ski-bum with a posse of raucous, hard-drinking ex-students. Dismally unfashionable and hopeless at skiing, Randal finds that... more...