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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.
The Beirut hostage and author of An Evil Cradling, who writes like a dream, has always had a fascination with Alaska. This is his journey in that awe-inspiring land.
An evocation of a journey from Rome, the heart of Empire, to Hadrian's Wall during the reign of the emperor Hadrian. By AD 125 Britannia had come of age as a Roman colony. Her major cities had been established, and the building of the wall commissioned by the emperor Hadrian on the empire's Scottish frontier was almost complete. Bronwen Riley devotes a chapter to each stage of an epic journey, describing places visited and people and objects seen. Vivid and engaging, A JOURNEY TO BRITANNIA reveals the British corner of Roman civilization more arrestingly and more accurately than ever before.
A funny, charming account of well-known vet Bruce Fogle's journey through his homeland with his dog Macy. Encountering rattlenakes, tarantulas and coyote along their way, the pair explore the landscape of America. Their 12,000 mile adventure through America and Canada in a vintage motorhome brings them into contact with startling animal welfare issues, but also across the kindness of strangers.
I found this the most absorbing of Carol Drinkwater’s reports from her Provence Olive Farm, a sink or swim account of attempting to free the farm and its inhabitants from the dangerous chemicals needed to bring an Olive crop to fruition, the culprit - the olive fly who can devastate unprotected crops. It is the bees that point the way to the dangers, dying in their thousands, they lead the author on a quest to determine her future, stay or go, fight or give in. An absorbing read that reveals the state of organics in France, the stifling bureaucracy that growers have to deal with and behind the political rhetoric how little help to struggling organic growers is available. The Olive Farm series: 1. The Olive Farm2. The Olive Season3. The Olive Harvest4. The Olive Route5. The Olive Tree6. Return to the Olive Farm Like for Like Reading:Je T’Aime à La Folie, Michael WrightInstructions for Visitors: Life & Love in a French Town, Helen Stevenson
Fourth volume in the bestselling olive series by writer and actress Carol Drinkwater. Transporting readers across the olive's ancient paths, celebrating its venerable past, tracking trade routes, unearthing unlikely stories, encountering peoples of today and bygone times, Carol comes full circle, back to her farm in the sun-baked Provencal hills. The Olive Farm series: 1. The Olive Farm2. The Olive Season3. The Olive Harvest4. The Olive Route5. The Olive Tree6. Return to the Olive Farm
July 2010 Editor's Choice. Continuing the story of Carol Drinkwater’s beloved Olive Farm. After returning from 18 months travelling around the Mediterranean Carol discovers that her dream of running an organic farm is threatened by nature and by the demands of market forces. Here she tells of the ups and downs her, seemingly idyllic, life throws her way. Always a joy to read and despite the challenges she still makes you want to run off and find your own ramshackle farm to turn around. Dear Reader,I have been fortunate enough to have published all five of Carol Drinkwater’s memoirs of life on her beloved Provencal olive farm, Appassionata. Often categorised as travel books, they are in fact more like ‘settlement’ books, describing in vibrant prose the love – even the intoxication – you can feel for a particular place. The five titles form a spellbinding series of memoirs, but in this the sixth and final volume, Carol has exceed her own stellar standards.In Return to the Olive Farm, Carol Drinkwater returns with a changed perspective about the cultivation of olives as a consequence of her travels. The responsibilities (and headaches) of property ownership have been waiting for her. What story about France is complete without a baffling and frustrating encounter with the roles and regulations of French bureaucracy, complicated by the additional imposition of rules and regulations required by the European Union? The use of asbestos as insulation, and the couple's inability to overcome obstructions and cleanse the property of a small amount of the material, is at the heart of this story about the poisons we use and are unable to dispense with.This book is more than the story of making a home; it describes the search for solutions. Just as cultivating her olives made Carol a farmer and gave her a new relationship to a small place on earth, her travels to Spain and Lebanon have made her an ecologist, aware of the preciousness of natural resources. The bee colony that has regularly summered at Appassionata has been decimated while she was away. Shocked, she discovers that insecticide sprayed on the olive trees has poisoned the bees and devastated both the health of François, one of the beekeepers, and his livelihood. Can she spray her trees against the destructive olive fly knowing that the chemical is also killing the bees?Uneasiness runs through this last book in the series in which there is the shadow of death in paradise – if the lives of bees and trees can be numbered. The insecticide pooling in the outbuilding near the sprayer gives her pause. Three of her neighbours have died from the same heart problem. You are left to wonder if these deaths are from a kind of poisoning. Carol's desire to avoid spraying leads her into a deal with a young farmer who claims he can bring a parasitical African fly to her that preys upon the olive fly. Tests on the safety of the use of these flies and their effectiveness are now in trials by the government. The question that underlies this all is "Under such circumstances can Appassionata still be home"?Carol and her husband Michel, though frequently disappointed by setbacks, can hardly be called defeated. They have embarked with resolve on a new experiment on their farm, and Carol truly seems to have returned home as the story ends. She is no less in love and may be more settled than in any time in the past. This is a life-affirming story, one in which Carol takes stock of her life and the turns it has taken, and the reader roots for her all the way.Yours faithfully,Alan SamsonPublisherWeidenfeld & Nicolson
If you have followed Carol through her trials and tribulations of running her olive farm then this is a must. Newcomers will find her enthusiasm for her subject irresistible. Now she knows that new approaches to farming are needed and so she travels through France, Spain, Italy and North Africa to seek the best solutions. The Olive Farm series: 1. The Olive Farm2. The Olive Season3. The Olive Harvest4. The Olive Route5. The Olive Tree6. Return to the Olive Farm
Moving on from The Olive Farm, The Olive Season sees Carol and Michel taking on an entirely new challenge: pregnancy. As ever, nothing goes entirely to plan and Carol writes wonderfully of her struggles and triumphs on her cherished olive farm. The Olive Farm series: 1. The Olive Farm2. The Olive Season3. The Olive Harvest4. The Olive Route5. The Olive Tree6. Return to the Olive Farm
A beautiful tale of a new life in France; an account of the highs and lows of restoring an olive farm, and the colourful characters met with in a typical Provencal village. It'll make you want to sell up and escape the UK for a sun-drenched life on the continent. The Olive Farm series: 1. The Olive Farm2. The Olive Season3. The Olive Harvest4. The Olive Route5. The Olive Tree6. Return to the Olive Farm
This is the third of Carol’s books documenting her idyllic life in the South of France but despite the title speaking of plenty and abundance, there was no harvest, no husband and no easy life. I admire this woman; with stoic determination and a certain acceptance of life, she soldiers on and writes about it honestly and warmly. A lovely book. The Olive Farm series: 1. The Olive Farm2. The Olive Season3. The Olive Harvest4. The Olive Route5. The Olive Tree6. Return to the Olive Farm
For almost five millennia, indigo - a blue pigment obtained from the small green leaf of a parasitic shrub - has been at the centre of turbulent human encounters, prized by slave traders, religious figures and the fashion world. Indigo is the story of this precious dye and its ancient heritage: its relationship to slavery as the 'hidden half' of the transatlantic slave trade, its profound influence on fashion, and its spiritual significance, which is little recognised but no less alive today.
After reading An Englishman Aboard, I enjoyed it so much I went and immediately purchased his other two books, Pardon My French and A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi. Charles Timoney is a charming and entertaining guide to France and the French, he’s lived and worked there for many years and has a relaxed if often puzzled view of his adopted country. Relaxing in itself to read of someone risking life and limb in a rowing boat on The Seine, marry this with the beguiling prose and An Englishman Aboard has to be the ideal holiday read. Like for Like Reading... Narrow Dog to Carcassonne, Terry Darlington C'Est La Folie, Michael Wright
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