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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.
A wonderful ramble sharing Clare Balding’s new found love of walking since her debut in BBC Radio 4’s Ramblings. Having caught the bug, she’s walked hundreds of miles, got to know the countryside, induced family and friends to accompany her. There are plenty of anecdotes and stories woven into her narrative, a pleasing mix of travel and autobiography bound to be every bit as popular as her debut My Family and Other Animals. Like for Like Reading Walking Home, Simon Armitage And Did those Feet: Walking though 2000 Years of British and Irish History, Charlie Connolly
Shortlisted for The THWAITES WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2014 - The new literary prize for Nature & Travel Writing about Britain. A uniquely charming, droll, moving, British narrative from writer and poet Simon Armitage as he recounts his 256 mile (North to South) walk along the Pennine Way. Particularly fascinating is that he took no money and either bartered his way through or survived on any money he made at poetry readings. Sue Baker's View....... Simon Armitage makes a good companion for this traverse of the Pennine Way (backwards). Starting on the Scottish borders he makes his way home to Yorkshire. And he must keep up; some “interweb” work beforehand had resulted in the recruitment of a small army of walking companions and people happy to provide a bed and a meal. Then there were the poetry readings booked in advance, making a framework for the walk, there was no staying in bed or missing a day without letting down his audience along the way as he came to village halls, marquees or pub. The Pennine Way is very hard work over some incredibly bleak and exposed country and by Simon Armitage’s descriptions of way markers, not a walk for the geographically challenged. But he made it and his progress from a reluctant walker to a strider of mountain and vale is perceptive, an often very funny look at everything from landscape to squashed mars bars. Like for Like Reading..... Ramble On: The Story of our Love for Walking Britain, Sinclair McKay The Pennine Way, Roly Smith and John Morrison (Photographs)
October 2009 Book of the Month. There can be few braver people than the author of this book, who decided one day to quit her job, sell her house and then fly alone to the other side of the world, to Australia with a rucksack as a companion. What the author discovered was a new person, someone who loved the adventure, the meeting of new people and the unexpected that went with being a free spirit and with no responsibilities except to herself. She jumped off waterfalls, swam in crystal clear lagoons, ran along deserted beaches and slept beneath the stars, befriended spiders, fed dolphins and got up close and personal with pythons. This personal journey changed Georgina’s life for ever and it just might change yours for the better as well once you’ve read it.This book is published by Vanguard Press, a subsidiary of Pegasus Publishing. If we are ever out of stock here at Lovereading then click on our Compare Book Price link and you should find another online store has it in stock.Georgina Carr’s next book will be released later this year and is called Inside Out... Always expect the unexpected. The sparkling lights of Barcelona beckoned, and in the hot humid air our excitement was at fever pitch as me and the girls tumbled out of the back street hotel in a cloud of glitter, sparkle and laughter. Away for a weekend of dancing, we approached the Latin club doorway where the intoxicating salsa beats streamed out, inviting us into a night full of possibilities.What I didn’t know was that behind those doors lay the biggest adventure of a lifetime. Falling totally and utterly for a man who lived in this city of passions, I packed up my entire life in England in a crazy pursuit of love, and followed the very heart of my being to Spain where the man of my dreams awaited. The adventure intensified as I did not leave England alone. Not only was I carrying my dreams, hopes and fears along with my worldly possessions, but now something much more precious…another human being.As the gentle yet forceful hand of love guided my destiny through unforeseen circumstances, unanticipated events, and realms beyond my furthest imagination, I realised that with love, anything and everything is possible.And that’s not the end of it either. Her third book, Back to front will continue her epic and crazy travel adventures and will be published in 2010.Others who have enjoyed Upside Down:‘There are so many things I now want to do that I never knew existed before reading this book. I would recommend this book to everyone, just be ready to pack your bags as soon as you turn the last page’ L Taylor‘Upside Down guides the reader through a rainbow of emotions which will wake the sleeping explorer in each of us’ F Bailey
This is a totally unique and breathtaking introduction to what lies beneath us, to the earth below our feet. Let this very special and beautiful book take you by the hand and lead you through the sunlit fields to the place where the underland begins, a place most human thoughts shy from in fear and confusion. This is a sequel to The Old Ways, yet you can begin here without concern, you can trust and join Robert Macfarlane as he explores the underland. I will admit that I am in love with the writing, the words, the vision that allows you to see and feel in darkness. I haven’t ever considered our deep connection to this stunning underworld in the way you are encouraged to here. Robert Macfarlane meets and shares experiences with people who have chosen to explore, to look beyond the obvious. I absolutely adored how much he shares, how accessible Underland is, his words reached out and connected with my thoughts and feelings, altering, reshaping, transforming. While there is plenty to fear for our future, all the time there are humans with this amount of love for our natural world, there is also hope. Underland is one of my picks of the month, and also one of our star books - it is quite simply stunning.
Shortlisted for The THWAITES WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2014 - The new literary prize for Nature & Travel Writing about Britain. This is shortlisted for the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize. This is a book about the encounter with Roman Britain: about what the idea of 'Roman Britain' has meant to those who came after Britain's 400-year stint as province of Rome - from the medieval mythographer-historian Geoffrey of Monmouth to Edward Elgar and W.H. Auden. What does Roman Britain mean to us now? How were its physical remains rediscovered and made sense of? How has it been reimagined, in story and song and verse? Charlotte Higgins has traced these tales by setting out to discover the remains of Roman Britain for herself, sometimes on foot, sometimes in a splendid, though not particularly reliable, VW camper van. Via accounts of some of Britain's most intriguing, and often unjustly overlooked ancient monuments, Under Another Sky invites us to see the British landscape, and British history, in an entirely fresh way: as indelibly marked by how the Romans first imagined, and wrote, these strange and exotic islands, perched on the edge of the known world, into existence.
July 2011 Guest Editor Alexander McCall Smith on Tuscany by Alistar Moffat... Alistair Moffat writes beautifully on history and topography. Here he leads us through that most entrancing of Italian regions, Tuscany.
Born in London to a Turkish mother and British father, Alev Scott moved to Istanbul to discover what it means to be Turkish in a country going through rapid political and social change, with an extraordinary past still linked to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and an ever more surprising present under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. From the European buzz of modern-day Constantinople to the Arabic-speaking towns of the south-east, Turkish Awakening investigates mass migration, urbanisation and economics in a country moving swiftly towards a new position on the world stage. This is the story of discovering a complex country from the outside-in, a candid account of overturned preconceptions and fresh understanding. Relating wide-ranging interviews and colourful personal experience, the author charts the evolving course of a country bursting with surprises - none more dramatic than the unexpected political protests of 2013 in Taksim Square, which have brought to light the emerging demands of a newly awakened Turkish people. Mass migration, urbanisation and a growing awareness of human rights have changed the social, economic and physical landscapes of a powerful country, and the 2013 protests were just one indication of the changes afoot in today's Turkey.
A great adventure story of two girls who decided to travel from Bangkok to Brighton in a Tuk-Tuk. We follow the story from first ideas through to all their perilous, humorous and fun-packed travels. The girls did it to raise money for the charity Mind and they certainly earned every penny they raised. An inspiring read.
The wonderful Tuscan countryside revealed in a series of walks as the author visited its many vineyards (nice job!). It was shortlisted for the André Simon Award.
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.
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 transformed into nights of glittering illusion. Gradually adjusting to the harsh ways of the circus's nomadic lifestyle, she soon became absorbed into this hypnotic new world, at first as a foreigner but later as 'La Gringa Estrella', a performer in her own right.
A collection of true travel pieces from some of Ireland’s top-selling women writers who take us round the world to share some extraordinary incidents. All royalties go to Kisiizi Children’s Hospital in Uganda.
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