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  • Smile When You're Lyingby Chuck Thompson

    Henry Holt and Co. 2007; US$ 6.79

    From Bangkok to Bogotá, a hilarious behind-the-brochures tour of picture-perfect locales, dangerous destinations, and overrated hellholes from a guy who knows the truth about travel Travel writer, editor, and photographer Chuck Thompson has spent more than a decade traipsing through thirty-five (and counting) countries across the globe, and he's... more...

  • Absolutely Faking Itby Tiana Templeman

    Penguin Random House Australia 2011; US$ 14.48

    Thirteen luxury hotels, five months... no money. For Tiana Templeman, travel has always meant hiking boots and hostels, so when she wins a trip for two to stay at thirteen of the world's most exclusive five-star hotels, it sounds like the chance of a lifetime, an opportunity to see how the other half lives. But with a travel budget stretched tighter... more...

  • A.A. Gill is Further Awayby Adrian Gill

    Orion 2011; US$ 12.99

    A collection of dazzling travel pieces from SUNDAY TIMES journalist and critic A. A. GILL. From the moment he joined the SUNDAY TIMES , A.A. Gill has wanted to interview places - to discover the personality of a place as if it were a person, to listen and talk to it. A selection of the very best pieces that Gill has written over the past five... more...

  • Clear Waters Risingby Nicholas Crane

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 18.32

    Alone - though he was just married - and on foot, Nicholas Crane embarked on an extraordinary adventure: a seventeen-month journey along the chain of mountains which stretches across Europe from Cape Finisterre to Istanbul. His aim was to explore Europe's last mountain wilderness and to meet the people who live on the periphery of the modern world. more...

  • The Great Railway Bazaarby Paul Theroux; Theroux Paul

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 15.50

    The Great Railway Bazaar is Paul Theroux's classic and much-loved homage to train travel. The Orient Express; The Khyber Pass Local; the Delhi Mail from Jaipur; the Golden Arrow of Kuala; the Trans-Siberian Express; these are just some of the trains steaming through Paul Theroux's epic rail journey from London across Europe through India and... more...

  • Letters from Russiaby Astolphe de Custine; Anka Muhlstein

    New York Review Books 2012; US$ 27.95

    The Marquis de Custine’s record of his trip to Russia in 1839 is a brilliantly perceptive, even prophetic, account of one of the world’s most fascinating and troubled countries. It is also a wonderful piece of travel writing. Custine, who met with people in all walks of life, including the Czar himself, offers vivid descriptions of St. Petersburg... more...

  • Yemenby Tim Mackintosh-Smith

    Hodder & Stoughton 2011; US$ 12.99

    Arguably the most fascinating but least known country in the Arab world, Yemen has a way of attracting comment that ranges from the superficial to the wildly fictitious. In Yemen: Travels in Dictionary Land , Tim Mackintosh-Smith writes with an intimacy and depth of knowledge gained through over twenty years among the Yemenis. He is a travelling... more...

  • Talking to Zeusby Jane Shaw

    Simon & Schuster UK 2010; US$ 6.58

    Jane Shaw was working as a volunteer in Chelsea's famous Physic Garden when she earned a placement to work for a year on a very special organic garden in Greece. But this was to be no easy-going break in the Mediterranean. Nicknamed 'Alcatraz' by the outgoing assistant, the five-acre plot was devoid of creature comforts, perched on a steep, remote... more...

  • The Best Travel Writing 2011by James O'Reilly; Larry Habegger; Sean O'Reilly

    Travelers' Tales 2011; US$ 18.99

    The Best Travel Writing 2011 is the eighth volume in the annual Travelers' Tales series launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing from Nobel Prize winners to emerging new writers. The points of view and perspectives are global, and themes encompass high adventure, spiritual growth, romance, hilarity and misadventure, service... more...

  • Hello Dubaiby Joe Bennett

    Simon & Schuster UK 2011; US$ 6.58

    Boom town, modern marvel, commercial hub, where middle-east meets wealthy west, playground for tourists, crawling with ex-pats, built by Indians, owned by Arabs, Dubai has risen from next to nothing to an awful lot in little more than thirty years. How? And can it go on? Has it sold itself to the corporate dollar? Is it anything more than a mall in... more...