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Food for thought for travellers, tourists or people who want to take a page out of a book of someone a bit more adventurous.

This Month's Featured Books

Great Continental Railway Journeys
Rt Hon Michael Portillo
A lavishly illustrated TV tie-in covering every single journey Michael Portillo has undertaken across Europe. Capturing all the colour, beauty, excitement and fervour of journeying across this historic continent can muster. A must-have purchase for any armchair fan of unique...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2015
No Such Thing as Failure The Extraordinary Life of a Great British Adventurer
David Hempleman-Adams
Known as the only man who has achieved what is known as the Adventurer’s Grand Slam by reaching both the North and South Poles and having climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents David Hempleman-Adams doesn’t come across as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/11/2015
White Road A Pilgrimage of Sorts
Edmund de Waal
In these intimate and compelling encounters with the people and landscapes who made porcelain, Edmund de Waal enriches his understanding of this rare material, the 'white gold' he has worked with for decades.
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/09/2015
Robert Macfarlane
Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2015. Infused with the poetry of the land, Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks explores and celebrates the close relationship between the landscape and the words we use to describe it, an outpouring of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015

Last Month's Featured Books

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, OBE
Fresh from finishing the Marathon des Sables, Ranulph Fiennes has become the oldest Briton to complete this ultimate endurance test.

Come, Tell Me How You Live Memories from Archaeological Expeditions in the Mysterious Middle East
Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie's personal memoirs about her travels to Syria and Iraq in the 1930s with her archaeologist husband Max Mallowan, where she worked on the digs and wrote some of...

Deep South Four Seasons on Back Roads
Paul Theroux
For the past fifty years, Paul Theroux has travelled to the far corners of the earth - to China, India, Africa, the Pacific Islands, South America, Russia, and elsewhere -...

The Road to Little Dribbling More Notes from a Small Island
Bill Bryson
Twenty years ago, the author went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. In this book, he shares his...

The Month Before's Featured Books

A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson
In the company of his friend Stephen Katz (last seen in the bestselling Neither Here nor There), Bill Bryson set off to hike the Appalachian Trail, the longest continuous footpath...

The Silk Roads A New History of the World
Peter Frankopan
A major reassessment of world history, The Silk Roads is an important account of the forces that have shaped the global economy and the political renaissance in the re-emerging east....

Into Thin Air A Personal Account of the Everest Disaster
Jon Krakauer
Jon Krakauer's acclaimed account of a disastrous expedition on Mt Everest. This is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest, when members of three separate expeditions were caught...

Left for Dead My Journey Home from Everest
Beck Weathers
The extraordinary story of one of the survivors of the infamous 1996 Everest disaster - now made into a film, Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley and Josh Brolin. Heartstoppingly...
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Here. There. Everywhere


We all love to travel. We all love escape. Granted, some are more adventurous than others, hankering to cross vast plains of unchartered territory, while the rest of us just want to find a nice hotel somewhere by a crystal blue sea. Whatever your level of wanderlust, there’s something here to inspire, inform and invade your senses. Follow in the footsteps of pioneers, heroes or trusted raconteurs; visit the real settings of favourite works of fiction (See our Reading on Location guide and read great novels set in the place you’re sitting in!); discover off the beaten track getaways; ponder the history of travel itself, laugh at anecdotes of the hapless. In short, by using our Book of the Month recommendations and taking a little stroll around the section, you can discover the world without leaving your fireside chair. Free your mind, they say, and the rest will follow.

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T.S. Elliot

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Robert Byron 
Bill Bryson 
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Tony Hawks 
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Patrick Leigh Fermor 
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Michael Palin 
Paul Theroux