• Accidental Tour Guide
    Accidental Tour Guide
    Eat, Pray, Love meets The Year of Magical Thinking in this powerful memoir of love, loss and taking risks from a true adventurer

    The irrepressible Mary Moody knows better than anyone the joy of breaking new ground and discovering new frontiers. She is the bestselling author of Au Revoir and Last Tango In Toulouse, and her life as a journalist, TV and radio presenter, popular gardening guru and inveterate traveller has been an inspiration to thousands of women for decades.

    But when Moody loses two of the people she loves most - her beloved husband and the half sister she had only just been reunited with - her world is turned upside down. Part of her journey to recovery is her decision to boldly go where she has never been before - both in her travels as a tour guide and in her everyday life. This leads to exploring uncharted territories in Morocco and a wrenching move from her beloved mountain home and garden to make a fresh start while rediscovering her passions - travel, gardening, food, family and the joy of new adventures. A warm, heartbreakingly moving and thoroughly entertaining story of how to rebuild your life without the people who matter most.

    ISBN: 9781925791358
    Publication date: 01/10/2019
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Moody, Mary
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Art of Stillness Adventures in Going Nowhere
    Art of Stillness Adventures in Going Nowhere
    Part of the TED series: The Art of Stillness In this age of constant movement and connectedness, when so many of us are all over the place, perhaps staying in one place - and locating everything we need for peace and happiness there - is a more exciting prospect, and a greater necessity than ever before. Through his extensive interviews with creative geniuses of our day, as well as historical records and his own life experience, acclaimed author Pico Iyer paints a picture of why so many have found such richness in stillness and how - from Marcel Proust to Blaise Pascal to Phillipe Starck - they've gathered such rare and exhilarating fruits there. He explores the counter-intuitive truth: the more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem desperate to unplug. In both The Art of Stillnessand his captivating TEDTALK Where is Home?, Iyer reflects that this is perhaps the reason why more and more people - even those with no religious commitment - seem to be turning to yoga, or meditation, or tai chi. These aren't New Age fads so much as ways to connect with what could be called the wisdom of an earlier age. There is even a growing trend toward observing an "Internet sabbath" every week, turning off online connections from Friday night to Monday morning, so as to try to revive those ancient customs known as family meals and conversation.

    ISBN: 9781471138867
    Publication date: 06/11/2014
    Price: $5.00
    Author: Iyer, Pico
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $5.00
  • Art Of The Wasted Day
    Art Of The Wasted Day
    A sharp and unconventional book - a swirl of memoir, travelogue and biography of some of history's champion day-dreamers." -Maureen Corrigan, "Fresh Air" A spirited inquiry into the lost value of leisure and daydream The Art of the Wasted Day is a picaresque travelogue of leisure written from a lifelong enchantment with solitude. Patricia Hampl visits the homes of historic exemplars of ease who made repose a goal, even an art form. She begins with two celebrated eighteenth-century Irish ladies who ran off to live a life of "retirement" in rural Wales. Her search then leads to Moravia to consider the monk-geneticist, Gregor Mendel, and finally to Bordeaux for Michel Montaigne--the hero of this book--who retreated from court life to sit in his chateau tower and write about whatever passed through his mind, thus inventing the personal essay. Hampl's own life winds through these pilgrimages, from childhood days lazing under a neighbor's beechnut tree, to a fascination with monastic life, and then to love--and the loss of that love which forms this book's silver thread of inquiry. Finally, a remembered journey down the Mississippi near home in an old cabin cruiser with her husband turns out, after all her international quests, to be the great adventure of her life. The real job of being human, Hampl finds, is getting lost in thought, something only leisure can provide. The Art of the Wasted Day is a compelling celebration of the purpose and appeal of letting go.

    ISBN: 9780143132882
    Publication date: 18/04/2019
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Hampl, Patricia
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Atlas of Improbable Places
    Atlas of Improbable Places
    It is perhaps the eighth wonder of our world that despite modern mapping and satellite photography our planet continues to surprise us. Hidden lairs beneath layers of rock, forgotten cities rising out of deserted lands and even mankind's own feats of engineering eccentricity lie in the most unusual of destinations.Travis Elborough goes in search of the obscure and bizarre, the beautiful and estranged. Taking in the defiant relics of ancient cities such as Ani, a once thriving metropolis lost to conquered lands, and the church tower of San Juan Parangaricuto, that miraculously stands as the sole survivor of a town sunk by lava. Through the labyrinths of Berlin and Beijing - underground realms dug for refuge, espionage and even, as Canada's Moose Jaw, used as the playground for gangsters trading liquor and money over cards. Never forgetting the freaks and wonders of nature's own unusual masterpieces: the magical underground river shaped like a dragon's mouth in the Philippines and the floating world of Palmerston.With beautiful maps and stunning photography illustrating each destination, Atlas of Improbable Places is a fascinating voyage to the world's most incredible destinations. As the Island of Dolls and the hauntingly titled Door to Hell - an inextinguishable fire pit - attest, mystery is never far away. The truths and myths behind their creation are as varied as the destinations themselves.

    ISBN: 9781781317631
    Publication date: 21/02/2018
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Elborough, Travis
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $27.99
  • Atlas of Untamed Places
    Atlas of Untamed Places
    In a world that has increasingly become tamed by human activity, the true wild holds a growing mysticism. Rugged landscapes with unspoilt scenery invoke romantic visions of paradise, but there are also intense and powerful wildernesses that produce fear and awe alike and unexplored zones where feral wildlife roams in the shadows. Chris Fitch takes you on a journey through the world's most wild places, visiting immensely diverse floral kingdoms, remote jungles abundant with exotic birds, and both freezing cold and scorching hot inhospitable environments. From these natural havens we travel to the extreme and the incredible: lightening inducing lakes, acidic mud baths, and man-eating tiger kingdoms. As well as those wildernesses being reclaimed by nature, such as Chernobyl, that after being left abandoned for years has returned to a natural wild habitat, free from human intervention. Not forgetting those most bizarre of destinations, such as the tidal surges of the Qiantang River, the bridge to Modo Island that emerges from the sea, and the strange magnetic pull of Jubuka rock. With beautiful maps and stunning photography, An Atlas of Untamed Places is an intrepid voyage to nature's most unusual, unpredictable, and extraordinarily wild destinations.

    ISBN: 9781781316771
    Publication date: 27/09/2017
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Fitch, Chris
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $45.00
  • Autumn Light
    Autumn Light
    For decades now, Pico Iyer has been based for much of the year in Nara, Japan, where he and his Japanese wife, Hiroko, share a two-room apartment. But when his father-in-law dies suddenly, calling him back to Japan earlier than expected, Iyer begins to grapple with the question we all have to live with: how to hold on to the things we love, even though we know that we and they are dying.

    In a country whose calendar is marked with occasions honouring the dead, this question has a special urgency and currency. Iyer leads us through the autumn following his father-in-law's death, introducing us to the people who populate his days: his ailing mother-in-law, who often forgets that her husband has died; his absent brother-in-law, who severed ties with his family years ago but to whom Hiroko still writes letters; and the men and women in his ping-pong club, who, many years his senior, traverse their autumn years in different ways. And as the maple leaves begin to redden and the heat begins to soften, Iyer offers us a singular view of Japan, in the season that reminds us to take nothing for granted.

    ISBN: 9781526611482
    Publication date: 16/04/2019
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Iyer, Pico
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.99
  • Be More Japan: The Art of Japanese Living
    Be More Japan: The Art of Japanese Living
    Be More Japan is a "bible" of all things Japanese - from the country's fascinating, ancient traditions to its unique and influential modern culture. Blending both travel information and cultural insights into a single book, Be More Japan helps you understand and experience the best of Japan, both at home and abroad.

    Beginning with an overview of the four seasons - a key theme in Japanese culture - you'll learn about the festivals, food, fashion and flowers that change throughout the year and make this country so full of fun and variety. Then dive into the captivating culture of Japan, with topics such as art, music, food, wellness and spirituality all split into separate sections to help you pinpoint the areas that interest you. Learn about the traditional skills of the tea ceremony and calligraphy, and where you can go to see and practise them yourself. Find out more about the country's most popular sports and where to catch a game of baseball or see a martial arts exposition. For pop culture fans, there are dedicated sections on J-Pop,anime and video games, with plenty of information on the best places to enjoy them in Japan. And if you want to get a feel for modern Japanese lifestyle, you'll find enough details on topics such as transport, karaoke, ikigai, shopping and hot springs to help you make the most of even a short trip to Japan.

    You can pick and choose what interests you to plan your perfect trip, or explore a bit of everything to get a sense of the essentials of Japanese life and culture. And for those who can't make the trip to Japan, or who want to carry on the experience when they return, there are tips and suggestions for how to bring Japanese culture to you, and places where you can see its influence around the world.

    ISBN: 9780241385586
    Publication date: 25/07/2019
    Price: $40.00
    Author: DK Travel
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $40.00
  • Bells of Old Tokyo
    Bells of Old Tokyo
    In The Bells of Old Tokyo, Anna Sherman explores Japan and revels in all its wonderful particularity. As a foreigner living in Tokyo, Sherman's account takes pleasure and fascination in the history and culture of a country that can seem startlingly strange to an outsider.

    Following her search for the lost bells of the city - the bells by which its inhabitants kept time before the Jesuits introduced them to clocks - to her personal friendship with the owner of a small, exquisite cafe, who elevates the making and drinking of coffee to an art-form, here is Tokyo in its bewildering variety. From the love hotels of Shinjuku to the appalling fire-storms of 1945 (in which many more thousands of people died than in Hiroshima or Nagasaki), from the death of Mishima to the impact of the Tohoku earthquake of 2011.

    For fans of The Lonely City, and Lost in Translation, The Bells of Old Tokyo is a beautiful and original portrait of Tokyo told through time.

    ISBN: 9781529000467
    Publication date: 14/05/2019
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Sherman, Anna
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • Best Ever Travel Tips Get the Best Travel Secrets & Advice from the Experts
    Best Ever Travel Tips Get the Best Travel Secrets & Advice from the Experts
    This illustrated and fully updated edition of Lonely Planet's pocket-sized bestseller contains our best-ever tips, tricks and trade secrets for stress-free travelling, all brought to life and made easy to understand with stylish, witty illustrations. Find out where the best seats are on a plane, how to avoid bug bites and which essential gadgets you should never leave home without. Featuring contributions from a range of travel writers, industry experts and staff, this book contains the ultimate insider secrets for travellers and ensures you stay safe and happy on the road. About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in. TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2012 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category 'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times 'Lonely Planet.
    It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

    ISBN: 9781743603611
    Publication date: 01/11/2014
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Lonely Planet
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.99
  • Booked
    Booked
    A must-have for every fan of literature, BOOKED inspires readers to follow in their favorite characters footsteps by visiting the real-life locations portrayed in beloved novels including the Monroeville, Alabama courthouse in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Chatsworth House, the inspiration for Pemberley in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, and the Kyoto Bridge from MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA. The full-color photographs throughout reveal the settings readers have imagined again and again in their favorite books.



    Organized by regions all around the world, author Richard Kreitner explains the importance of each literary landmark including the connection to the author and novel, cultural significance, historical information, and little-known facts about the location. He also includes travel advice like addresses and must-see spots.



    BOOKED features special sections on cities that inspired countless literary works like a round of locations in Brooklyn from Betty Smith's iconic A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN to Jonathan Lethem's MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN and a look at the New Orleans of Tennessee Williams and Anne Rice.

    ISBN: 9780316420877
    Publication date: 23/04/2019
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Kreitner, Richard
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $49.99
  • Call of the Weird
    Call of the Weird
    After a decade of making documentaries about offbeat characters on the fringes of US society, Louis had the urge to return to America and track down the people who most fascinated him. It would be a reunion tour, but this time without the cameras and the sense of performance being filmed inevitably brings. It would allow him to get closer to people, to discover what really motivated them, what they believed in, and what had happened to the assorted dreamers, outlaws and eccentrics since he last saw them.

    On a journey that took him to the porn sets of Los Angeles, among the UFO contactees of Arizona, and up to far Northern Idaho for a festive get-together of leading neo-Nazis, he asked what 'weird people' have to tell us about our own secret natures. Had he learned anything about himself by being among them? Do we choose our beliefs or do our beliefs choose us?

    Louis Theroux's first book is a hilarious, thought-provoking and at times surreal voyage into the heart of weirdness.

    ISBN: 9781509893287
    Publication date: 22/03/2018
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Theroux, Louis
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.99
  • Curiosities and Splendour An anthology of classic travel literature
    Curiosities and Splendour An anthology of classic travel literature
    An anthology of classic travel literature We've compiled a selection of about 30 famous travel writings from great authors and adventurers, including Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain, Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark by Mary Wollstonecraft, The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry- Garrard, and Italian Villas and Their Gardens by Edith Wharton. Each piece is introduced by editor Mark Mackenzie, and provides an insightful look into the past and how countries and travel have changed. Featuring extracts from: * Robert Byron - Road to Oxiana * D H Lawrence - Sea and Sardinia * Jack London - Cruise of the Snark * Charles Dickens - American Notes * Teddy Roosevelt - Through the Brazilian Wilderness * Herodotus - The Histories * Ernest Shackleton - South: The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-1917

    ISBN: 9781788683029
    Publication date: 01/03/2019
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Lonely Planet
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $32.99
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