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Feeling the desire to 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.
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
One cannot but laugh out loud at the reaction of a totally underwhelmed Englishman as he visits the Seven Wonders of the World. For example, he discovers the Great Wall of China was heavily restored in both the 1950s and 1980s so 'surely it can't count as a Wonder if it is not original? ... it's long but so is the M6, and that's older than a lot of this Wall'. You can't beat writing as insightful as this! Enjoy.
An inspiring book in many ways, Dave Clarke’s story of sailing across the Atlantic in a renovated 18 foot yacht is a joy to read. This book is about a chap with a lot of determination and enthusiasm who wanted to make his dream a reality and was not going to keep putting it off with excuses that could be there for years to come. Clarke is an ordinary bloke fulfilling an extraordinary dream and tells his tale with honesty and humour.
When eighty-one-year-old Jay Mendelsohn decides to enrol in the undergraduate seminar on the Odyssey that his son Daniel teaches at Bard College, the two find themselves on an adventure as profoundly emotional as it is intellectual. For Jay, a retired research scientist who sees the world through a mathematician's unforgiving eyes, this return to the classroom is his `one last chance' to learn about the great literature he'd neglected in his youth - and, even more, a final opportunity to understand his son. But through the sometimes-uncomfortable months that follow, as the two men explore Homer's great work together - first in the classroom, where Jay persistently challenges his son's interpretations, and then during a surprise-filled Mediterranean journey retracing Odysseus' legendary voyages - it becomes clear that Daniel has much to learn, too: for Jay's responses to both the text and the travels gradually uncover long-buried secrets that allow the son to understand his difficult father at last. As this intricately woven memoir builds to its wrenching climax, Mendelsohn's narrative comes to echo The Odyssey itself, with its timeless themes of deception and recognition, marriage and children, the pleasures of travel and the meaning of home.
Leading food photographer, David Loftus has collected recipes from some of the World’s favourite chefs, using Jules Verne’s Around the World theme to present the dishes. With an introduction by Jamie Oliver, a visual feast highlighting some of the best food the world has to offer. April 2012 Food and Drink Book of the Month. Like for Like Reading:Formulas for Flavour: How to Cook Restaurant Dishes at Home, John CampbellMcGee on Food & Cooking: An Encyclopedia of Kitchen Science, History and Culture, Harold McGee
This is Michael Palin’s first major expedition where he decided to circumnavigate the world following, as closely as possible, the route taken by Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg. 28,000 miles covered and 14 countries we join Michael in his eye-opening trip as he discovers new countries and modes of transport. The tension builds as the deadline of 80 days races nearer and you’ll find yourself urging him on until the final pages. Brilliant stuff.
It was 1934 and a young man walked to London from the security of the Cotswolds to make his fortune. He was to live by playing the violin and by labouring on a London building site. Then, knowing one Spanish phrase, he decided to see Spain. For a year he tramped through a country in which the signs of impending civil war were clearly visible. Thirty years later Laurie Lee captured the atmosphere of the Spain he saw with all the freshness and beauty of a young man's vision, creating a lyrical and lucid picture of the beautiful and violent country that was to involve him inextricably.
October 2012 Guest Editor Simon Garfield on Atlas Maior... The original volume would probably bankrupt you, but this grand and loving reproduction from Taschen serves as a worthy substitute. This Dutch masterpiece may be the most lavish atlas ever made, a sumptuous rendering of how the world looked to a master map publisher in the 17th century. It’s packed full of naïve splendours (including all the mythical sea creatures you will ever need) and makes you long for time-travel and a favourable wind.
The Shipping Forecasts! How could anyone write a whole book about that? I picked this up with a sinking heart. Well, I have to eat my words, this is a remarkable achievement. Charlie travels to most of the sites mentioned in the forecasts (not Rockall) and chatters away in an amusing style relating an astonishing quantity of information about the place and the people. Scarcely a dull moment. Extraordinary.
Offering comfort, convenience, dazzling destinations, excellent entertainment options, fine food, and even adventure (for those so inclined!), it’s no wonder that cruising is an increasingly popular holiday choice, and this seminal book - now in its thirty-fourth year of continuous printing - is the only guide cruise-goers need. It’s the world’s most authoritative and longest-running guide to cruising and cruise ships, written by the world’s foremost independent authority in this field.
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.
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