1823, "A Visit from St. Nicholas" was first published in the Troy, New York, Sentinel newspaper and our vision of Father Christmas was changed forever. Better-known as "The Night Before Christmas"
Wild A Journey from Lost to Found Cheryl Strayed
With life feeling empty and without direction after her mother’s death and family breakup, Cheryl Strayed set off on an epic 1,100 mile journey down the West coast of America hoping to heal the hurt and find a new direction... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
A Book of Voyages Patrick O'Brian
An anthology of 17th and 18th century travel writing that inspired the hugely popular Aubrey/Maturin series, collected and introduced by Patrick O'Brian, beautifully repackaged to mark the centenary of his birth. Patrick O'Brian has unearthed from obscurity the most dynamic... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
Britannia Obscura Mapping Hidden Britain Joanne Parker
What is the shape of Britain? The country's outline, looking a little like a wingless dragon, is instantly recognisable on any map or globe. But jostling within that familiar profile are countless vying maps of the country. Some of these... Format: Hardback - Released: 20/11/2014
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
Travels with a Mexican Circus Katie Hickman
Katie Hickman went to Mexico looking for magic. She found it in the circus - Big Top, clowns, elephants and all - where cheap, torn materials and tarnished sequins are...
Beyond the Horizon Richard Parks, Michael Aylwin
Richard Parks has what must be one of contemporary sport's most extraordinary and inspirational stories. Soon after he turned thirty, the professional career in rugby that had been his life...