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  • Eat Londonby Terence Conran; Peter Prescott

    Octopus 2017; US$ 31.99

    London is a city brimful of culinary possibilities, from lively markets to Michelin-starred restaurants. This third edition of Eat London is completely revised and updated, with entries highlighting the very best food stops not to be missed on a tour of London in 14 chapters. This is much more than a restaurant guide - it is a book all about food... more...

  • River of Life, River of Deathby Victor Mallet

    OUP Oxford 2017; US$ 24.99

    India is killing the Ganges, and the Ganges in turn is killing India. Victor Mallet traces the holy river from source to mouth, and from ancient times to the present day, to find that the battle to rescue what is arguably the world's most important river is far from lost. more...

  • Warrior Herdsmenby Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

    Eland Publishing 2017; US$ 12.49

    Elizabeth Marshall Thomas writes with clarity and a lyrical eye about her immersion in the strange world of the cattle-herding Dodoth, far from her East-coast American roots. She proves herself a humane and unshockable witness to the life of these warrior herdsmen, dissecting their poignant relationship with their cattle, and watching as they sacrifice... more...

  • Forgotten Kingdomby Peter Goullart

    Eland Publishing 2017; US$ 12.49

    On the eve of Mao’s revolution, brilliant linguist Peter Goullart made himself totally at home in Likiang, capital of the all-but-forgotten Nakhi Kingdom of south west China. He unpicks the complex society, which believed simultaneously in Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Animism and Shamanism. Goullart lets us in on the love affairs and rivalries of... more...

  • Soft Cityby Jonathan Raban

    Pan Macmillan 2017; US$ 13.28

    With an introduction by Iain Sinclair In the city we can live deliberately: inventing and renewing ourselves, carving out journeys, creating private spaces. But in the city we are also afraid of being alone, clinging to the structures of daily life to ward off the chaos around us. How is it that the noisy, jostling, overwhelming metropolis leaves... more...

  • Man-eaters of Kumaonby Jim Corbett; Raymond Sheppard

    Merlin Unwin Books Limited 2017; US$ 8.49

    The presence of a man-eating tiger in the Indian province of Naini Tal spread fear and panic throughout the impoverished rural community. This tigress had already killed 434 villagers by the time Jim Corbett was approached to track and despatch her in 1907. These thrilling and moving tales are Corbett’s first-hand accounts as, over the ensuing 29... more...

  • The Meaning of Riceby Michael Booth

    Random House 2017; US$ 21.14

    'The next Bill Bryson.’ New York Times In this often hilarious yet deeply researched book, food and travel writer Michael Booth and his family embark on an epic journey the length of Japan to explore its dazzling food culture. They find a country much altered since their previous visit ten years earlier (which resulted in the award-winning international... more...

  • Straight Upby Joel Harrison; Neil Ridley

    Octopus 2017; US$ 21.99

    How great would it be to have access to the world's experts to help you choose the coolest and most interesting bars, wherever you find yourself in the world? Well, now you do. Straight Up is a carefully curated collection of insider tips that will allow you to discover the best drinking spots around the globe. From a 10-seat basement bar in Tokyo,... more...

  • Islanderby Patrick Barkham

    Granta Publications 2017; US$ 22.16

    The British Isles are an archipelago made up of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones. Some, like the Isle of Man, resemble miniature nations, with their own language and tax laws; others, like Ray Island in Essex, are abandoned and mysterious places haunted by myths, ghosts and foxes. There are resurgent islands such as Eigg, which have been liberated... more...

  • Question Timeby Mark Mason

    Orion 2017; US$ 15.99

    Which major UK retailer has the same name as Odysseus's dog in Greek mythology? In the original version of the Band Aid hit 'Do They Know It's Christmas?', who sang the opening line? Which is the only US state whose name can be typed on a single row of a QWERTY keyboard? Travel writer and quiz fan Mark Mason decided to combine two of his greatest... more...