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  • In an Antique Landby Amitav Ghosh

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.00

    Once upon a time an Indian writer named Amitav Ghosh set out an Indian slave, name unknown, who some seven hundred years before had traveled to the Middle East. The journey took him to a small village in Egypt, where medieval customs coexist with twentieth-century desires and discontents. But even as Ghosh sought to re-create the life of his Indian... more...

  • Between Extremesby Brian Keenan; John McCarthy

    Transworld 2011; US$ 14.09

    In 1986 Brian Keenan and John McCarthy were forced to take a journey without maps. For the next four years they were incarcerated in a Lebanese dungeon. From the blank outlook of a tiny cell, with only each other and a few volumes of an ancient American encyclopaedia to sustain them, they could only wander the wide open spaces of their imagination.... more...

  • Tehran, Lipstick And Loopholesby Nahal Tajadod

    Little, Brown Book Group 2010; US$ 10.99

    A wry and humorous account of the author's quest to get her Iranian passport renewed. She embarks on a bizarre and circuitous journey, meeting a colourful cast of characters along the way: two photographers who specialise in Islamic portraits, a forensic surgeon who trades in human organs, a madam who wants to send prostitutes to Dubai and a grandmother... more...

  • Shadow of the Silk Roadby Colin Thubron

    Random House 2012; US$ 15.50

    On buses, donkey carts, trains, jeeps and camels, Colin Thubron traces the drifts of the first great trade route out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran into Kurdish Turkey. Covering over 7000 miles in eight months Thurbron recounts extraordinary adventures - a near-miss with... more...

  • Journey Into Cyprusby Colin Thubron

    Random House 2012; US$ 15.50

    The people, their history and the beauty of an island on the brink of tragedy. This is the account of a unique journey - a six-hundred-mile trek on foot around Cyprus in the last year of the island's peace. Colin Thubron intertwines myth, history and personal anecdote in a quest from which the characters and places, architecture and landscape all... more...

  • CultureShock! Saudi Arabiaby Peter North; Harvey Tripp

    Marshall Cavendish 2012; US$ 12.75

    CultureShock! Saudi Arabia provides an insight into living and working in a kingdom where Islam governs almost every aspect of life. Uncover the true psyche of the Saudi people—the men clad in their thobes and gutra and women in their abayas—and their unique way of life, a lifestyle which foreigners may find alien and a challenge to cope... more...

  • The Pharaoh's Shadowby Anthony Sattin

    Eland Publishing 2012; US$ 19.99

    In a ruined temple on the Nile, Anthony Sattin sees a woman praying to the gods of ancient Egypt to bless her with a child. Later in central Cairo he experiences the exuberant celebrations of a saint's day and hears their stony condemnation by an Islamist. The ancient continues to rub up against the modern just as dramatically as when Flaubert wrote,... more...

  • Survival Arabicby Fethi Mansouri; Yousef Alreemawi

    Tuttle Publishing 2013; US$ 6.99

    A handy Arabic phrasebook and guide to the Arabic language, Survival Arabic contains basic vocabulary necessary for getting around. This book contains all the necessary words and phrases for speaking Arabic in any kind of setting. Perfect for students, tourists, or business people learning Arabic or travelling to the Arab world, it also contains... more...

  • Mountain to Mountainby Shannon Galpin

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 11.19

    Being inspired to act can take many forms. For some it's taking a weekend to volunteer, but for Shannon Galpin, it meant leaving her career, selling her house, launching a nonprofit and committing her life to advancing education and opportunity for women and girls. Focusing on the war-torn country of Afghanistan, Galpin and her organization, Mountain2Mountain,... more...

  • Memories in Translationby Denys Johnson-Davies; Naguib Mahfouz

    I.B.Tauris 2006; US$ 9.99

    Nobody has done more for modern Arabic literature in translation than Denys Johnson-Davies, described by the late Edward Said as “the leading Arabic–English translator of our time.” With more than twenty-five volumes of translated Arabic novels, short stories, plays, and poetry to his name, and a career spanning some sixty years, he has brought the... more...