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Feeling the desire to explore closer to home or travel to far flung places? We have a selection of titles to satisfy your wanderlust. Whether you’re planning a great adventure or reading about your favourite parts of the world, have a browse of our Travel selection.
In a Nutshell: Iconic style, a bestselling brand, this is the quintessential pocket-sized travel guide to Bangkok. This is surely the most useful pocket guide to cosmopolitan Bangkok on the market. Essential practical information about what to see, where to go and how to get there sits alongside interesting potted overviews of history and culture, and tops tips on where to eat, sleep and shop. Given the sprawling size of this fascinating city, the getting around recommendations and maps are especially useful, as are the plentiful colour photos, which help travellers get a fulsome flavour of places before they head there.
In a Nutshell: Iconic style, a bestselling brand, this is the quintessential pocket-sized travel guide to Oman. Offering a fascinating overview of Oman’s rich history and heritage, plus plenty of practical information, this compact guidebook is a veritable goldmine of essential travel tips. The Where to Go chapter details key sights in different areas, including Muscat, Nizwa and the Mountains, and the Batinah coast, with clear colour maps that make exploration easier, including a fold-out map on the cover flaps. There are also fascinating features on subjects as diverse as frankincense and dive sites. All in all, this pocket guide packs a lot into its compact format.
In a Nutshell: Iconic style, a bestselling brand, this is the quintessential pocket-sized travel guide to Crete. If you’re heading to Crete, and don’t want to waste valuable sunbathing time trawling through a huge, wordy guidebook, this treasure trove of essential information is exactly what you need! It highlights the main attractions of this history-rich, sun-kissed island, and offers top tips on where to buy the best local leather sandals, or listen to the best Cretan music. The Perfect Day Itinerary suggestions deserve special mention - they’re really excellent for when you (eventually) decide to explore further afield. From enjoying a seafood lunch in postcard-perfect Hani, or trekking out-of-this-world Samaria Gorge, this compact guide will show you the way without weighing you down.
In a Nutshell: Iconic style, a bestselling brand, this is the quintessential pocket-sized travel guide to Munich and Bavaria. This compact full-colour guide comes highly recommended to anyone planning to spend a few days exploring magnificent Munich and the wider area of Bavaria, with lots of interesting snippets of information on history and culture. But this guide really comes into its own in its provision of pertinent information about must-see sights – what to see, how to get there – and the clear maps. Another great bonus is the new dictionary section and regional expansion – this fresh edition covers top out-of-town treats like the Romantic Road.
In a Nutshell: Iconic style, a bestselling brand, this is the quintessential pocket-sized travel guide to Stockholm. This full-colour pocket guide to Stockholm is perfect for a weekend away in this fascinating Scandinavian city. The maps are clear and easy-to-follow for even the most navigationally challenged travellers, and the Top Ten Attractions and Perfect Day sections are incredibly handy when time is tight. And, if you’re feeling brave and fancy trying the local lingo, the dictionary section is a great bonus to this recently re-vamped edition.
Alpha hopes that his wife and little son are in Paris and he’s desperate to see them. Denied a visa to travel he must make the long, long journey from his home in the Cote D’Ivoire to Europe as an illegal immigrant, or as he says ‘adventurer’. The story is told through striking images, mostly black and white, colour is used sparingly; sophisticated yet childlike too they vividly depict the people and places of his journey and each one has the power to bring the reader up short. The text too equally demands and holds our attention. Though this is very much one man’s journey it’s one undertaken by many thousands of others and, as Michael Morpurgo says in his introduction, it’s a story we all need to hear and to understand. ~ Andrea Reece Other books for young readers that sensitively but honestly explain the situation facing refugee or immigrant children include Kiss the Dust by Elizabeth Laird, Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah and The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce.
A 2012 World Book Night selection. After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson took the decision to move back to the States for a few years, to let his kids experience life in another country, to give his wife the chance to shop until 10 p.m. seven nights a week, and, most of all, because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another, and it was thus clear to him that his people needed him. But before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire, Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. His aim was to take stock of the nation's public face and private parts (as it were), and to analyse what precisely it was he loved so much about a country that had produced Marmite, a military hero whose dying wish was to be kissed by a fellow named Hardy, place names like Farleigh Wallop, Titsey and Shellow Bowells, people who said 'Mustn't grumble', and Gardeners' Question Time.
His aim was to take stock of the nation's public face and private parts (as it were), and to analyse what precisely it was he loved so much about a country that had produced Marmite; a military hero whose dying wish was to be kissed by a fellow named Hardy; place names like Farleigh Wallop, Titsey and Shellow Bowells; people who said 'Mustn't grumble', and 'Ooh lovely' at the sight of a cup of tea and a plate of biscuits; and Gardeners' Question Time. Notes from a Small Island was a huge number-one bestseller when it was first published, and has become the nation's most loved book about Britain, going on to sell over two million copies.
Ahead lay almost 2,200 miles of remote mountain wilderness filled with bears, moose, bobcats, rattlesnakes, poisonous plants, disease-bearing tics, the occasional chuckling murderer and - perhaps most alarming of all - people whose favourite pastime is discussing the relative merits of the external-frame backpack.
Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation's heart and became the bestselling travel book ever, and was also voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain. Now, to mark the twentieth anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey round Britain to see what has changed.
Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation's heart and became the bestselling travel book ever, and was also voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain. Now, to mark the twentieth anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey round Britain to see what has changed. Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath, by way of places that many people never get to at all, Bryson sets out to rediscover the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly unique country that he thought he knew but doesn't altogether recognize any more. Yet, despite Britain's occasional failings and more or less eternal bewilderments, Bill Bryson is still pleased to call our rainy island home. And not just because of the cream teas, a noble history, and an extra day off at Christmas.
Bob Brier, an American Egyptologist is an avid collector of artefacts that have reflected the West’s fascination with Egypt. The items range from perfume bottles to sheet music, books and film, numerous household articles and even such objects as cigarette lighters. Illustrated with items from his collection, Egpyptomania looks at our perennial fascination with Egypt and how this ancient civilisation still resounds in our culture today.Like for Like ReadingEgypt: How a Lost Civilisation was Rediscovered, Joyce TyldesleyThe Key of Egypt: The Race to Read the Hieroglyphs, Lesley & Roy Adkins A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'Part of the pleasure of being an editor is that you get to meet all kinds of interesting people. Dr. Bob Brier is definitely on my short list, though. Bob’s passion for his subject is infectious and his knowledge is encyclopedic. Bob has been to Egypt countless times; he knows everyone in his field; he’s even mummified his own mummy. And, of course, his home is full of Egyptomania – an eclectic and incredibly entertaining collection of objects tied to our collective fascination with ancient Egypt. I always knew that this collection had to end up in a book one day. Who could resist stuff like the sheet music to “Old King Tut Was a Wise Old Nut?” or an ad featuring Cleopatra selling Palmolive shampoo or mummy case charms with tiny mummies inside? And now we are publishing that very book. Reading EGYPTOMANIA is like spending an afternoon hanging out with Bob. He’ll tell you the dramatic story of how London got its famous obelisk, Cleopatra’s Needle; the colorful saga of ancient Egypt in Hollywood, and discuss why Kind Tut became a worldwide sensation in 1922. The narrative is entertaining and the pictures are divine. This is for anyone who was ever fascinated by mummies or hieroglyphs and pyramids and weren’t we all at one point in our childhoods?' - Elisabeth Dyssegaard, Executive Editor at Palgrave Macmillan
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