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Battling it out with the old men on butchers' bikes across the plains of Aquitaine and pursued by cattle over Europe's second highest road, Moore soon finds himself resorting to narcotic assistance, systematic overeating and waxed legs before summoning a support vehicle staffed by cruelly sceptical family and friends. Account... read more

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'In 1973 (Matthiessen) joined with George Schaller, a field biologist, to Crystal Mountain in the Himalayas, to study the wild blue sheep of the region called bharal. They also hoped to see the rare snow leopard, an almost mythical creature which Schaller once glimpsed on a previous visit. Matthiessen is a student of Z... read more

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From the author of "Notes from a Small Island" and "The Lost Continent" comes this humorous report on his walk along the Appalachian Trail. The Trail is the longest continuous footpath in the world, and it snakes through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in America.

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Author: Bill Bryson
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 Travel Literature

Awards:Winner of WH Smith Book Awards: Travel 2001 and WHSmith Book Awards (Travel Writing) 2001.

It was as if I had privately discovered life on another planet, or a parallel universe where life was at once recognizably similar but entirely different. I can't tell you how exciting it was. Insofar as I had accumulated my expectations of Australia at all in the intervening years, I had thought of it as a kind of alternativ... read more

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Certain special places move us at a profound level - with a kind of inner beauty that puts us in direct touch with the spirit. It might be a temple, a church, a commemorative monument, a wayside shrine or a landscape feature that is saturated in the ambience of ancient sacred traditions. Such places are worth taking the troub... read more

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Fascinating, highly readable tales of travels in the troubled land of Afghanistan by award-winning New Zealand travel writer Ian Robinson. Tourists in Afghanistan are rare: very few have the courage to travel there in today's uncertain and tense times. But, in 2008, Ian Robinson ventured into the hustle, bustle and dangers of... read more

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This exciting new anthology of travel literature features international authors, including: Isabel Allende, Bryce Courtney, Francis Mayes, Carol Birch, Peter Matthiessen, Alexander McCall Smith and Joyce Carol Oates - also features stories from Lloyd Jones and Keri Hulme. Better than fiction brings to life the idea that trave... read more

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Hari Kunzru travels to Chernobyl, Detroit, and Japan to investigate the phenomenon of disaster tourism. Policeman-turned-detective-turned-writer A Yi describes life as a provincial gumshoe in China. Physician Siddhartha Mukherjee visits a government hospital in New Delhi, where he meets Madha Sengupta, at the end of his life ... read more

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It's been called the greatest survival story of all time. In 1916, Ernest Shackleton's ship the Endurance was trapped in pack ice, his supplies running were out, his men were exhausted, cold and desperate. Shackleton faced a horrible quandary; should he and the crew stay on a tiny inhospitable stretch of Antarctic island with... read more

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For millennia, the seaways have carried our goods, cultures and ideas, the terrors of war and the bounties of peace - and they have never been busier than they are today. But though our normality depends on shipping, it is a world which passes largely unconsidered, unseen and unrecorded. Out of sight, in every lonely corner o... read more

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Egypt is the most populous country in the world's most unstable region. It is the key to Middle East peace, the voice of the Arab world and the crossroads between Europe and Africa. Its historical and strategic importance is unparalleled. In short, Egypt matters. And the key to Egypt - its colourful past, chaotic present and ... read more

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A revelatory, entertaining account of the world's most indispensable mode of transportation Tom Zoellner loves trains with a ferocious passion. In his new book he chronicles the innovation and sociological impact of the railway technology that changed the world, and could very well change it again. From the frigid trans-Siber... read more

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"All Italy is here". (Sunday Times). From the bestselling author of Italian Neighbours In Italian Ways, bestselling writer Tim Parks brings us a fresh portrait of Italy today through a wry account of his train journeys around the country. Whether describing his daily commute from Milan to Verona, his regular trips to Florence... read more

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From the author of the award-winning White Fever, Kolyma Diaries is an excursion into one of the world's last remaining badlands, a place full of Gulag ghosts and living wrecks. All along the 2000 kilometres of the Kolyma highway, Bader is plied with vodka. He hears mesmerizing, sometimes devastating, tales of the journeys th... read more

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John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads 'I'm Not Psycho', he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel man... read more

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A Place in the Country is a window into the brilliant mind of W. G. Sebald. When W. G. Sebald travelled to Manchester in 1966, he packed in his bags certain literary favourites which would remain central to him throughout the rest of his life and during the years when he was settled in England. In A Place in the Country, he r... read more

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From the author of Into The Silence, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. In 1941, Richard Evans Schultes took a leave of absence from Harvard University and disappeared into the Northern Amazon of Colombia. The world's leading authority on the hallucinogens and medicinal plants of the region, he returned after... read more

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John Ahern had a high-flying job, big house, loving wife and two great kids. But if this was success why did he sense he was failing as a husband and father? So John does something insane. He quits the corporate world and buys a busted-up campervan online to chase an improbable dream: a year travelling together as a family...... read more

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This is the story of a freewheeling Aussie girl who gives up her life in Sydney to return to Prague, her ancestral home, intending to live there for the rest of her life. In fact, she lasted there for three years before visa restrictions and disillusionment caused her to leave the country. Even though she is at times exaspera... read more

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