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  • A Greek Island Nature Diary

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    A Greek Island Nature Diary

    A lavish journal of highly detailed watercolours and accompanying pencil drawings of flora, fauna and natural objects observed and collected during the author’s years living in Corfu and sailing the Ionian on her family’s oceangoing catamaran. This evocative diary is based on the author’s notes and sketches made in remote coves, in the thickets of the littoral and in the thyme scented mountains of the interior. Alongside these studies the book includes many fascinating, informative and often practical descriptions of the medicinal, olfactory and culinary uses of the wild plants found in this naturalist’s paradise.

    SKU: 9781913491741 Category: Tag:
    £20.00
  • A Most Remarkable Creature

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    A Most Remarkable Creature

    In 1833, a young Charles Darwin was astonished by a strange animal he met in the Falkland Islands: a set of handsome, social, and oddly crow-like falcons that were ‘tame and inquisitive,’ ‘quarrelsome and passionate,’ and so insatiably curious that they stole hats, compasses, and other valuables from the crew of the Beagle. Darwin met many unusual creatures in his five-year voyage, but no others showed an interest in studying him, and he wondered why these birds were confined to remote islands at the tip of South America, sensing a larger story. These birds – now called striated caracaras – still exist, though they’re very rare; and this book reveals the wild and fascinating story of their history, origins, and possible futures in a series of travels throughout South America, from the fog-bound coasts of Tierra del Fuego to the tropical forests of Guyana.

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  • A Trip of One’s Own

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    A Trip of One’s Own

    It’s time to seize the day and find your own inner wander woman, whatever that might look like, with the help of travel journalist Kate Wills. Kate wasn’t expecting to be divorced after less than a year of marriage. She wasn’t expecting to be remaking a life that had, for the last 12 years with her partner, seemed so stable. Luckily, her job as a travel journalist offered her the perfect opportunity to escape from it all. But this time, her restless jet-setting felt different. She felt more alone than ever before, particularly against a backdrop of never-ending hen dos, weddings and baby showers. So she began to search history for female travellers to inspire her.

    SKU: 9781788704328 Category: Tag:
    £9.99
  • Contested Lands

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    Contested Lands

    A history of the last century of tensions in the Middle East. Until the First World War, the Ottoman Empire had dominated the Middle East for four centuries. Its collapse, coupled with the subsequent clash of European imperial policies, unleashed a surge of political feeling among the people of the Middle East as they vied for national self-determination. Over the century that followed, the region has become almost synonymous with unrest and conflict. An accessible survey of the last century, ‘Contested Lands’ tells the story of what happened in the Middle East and what it means today.

    SKU: 9781913368241 Category: Tags: ,
    £20.00
  • England’s Villages

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    England’s Villages

    Villages have existed in a similar form for millennia: but where did village halls come from, and why do they matter? What defines a modern village, and when does a village become a town? Take a charming, unexpected journey through the quirks of English villages through the ages in the excellent company of Dr Ben Robinson. Discover why no village could ever truly claim to be Roman; why churches sometimes appear far outside of village boundaries and what happens when a village moves, and why that matters. ‘England’s Villages’ is a compelling mix of archaeology, anthropology and architecture.

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  • Fledgling

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    Fledgling

    Fledgling tells the story of a woman rediscovering herself through connecting with nature after starting a whole new life in a different continent

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  • I Belong Here

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    I Belong Here

    Anita Sethi was on a journey through northern England when she became the victim of a race hate crime. After the event Anita experienced panic attacks and anxiety. A crushing sense of claustrophobia made her long for wide open spaces; the Pennines – the ‘backbone of Britain’ – called to Anita with a magnetic force. Although a racist had told her to leave, she was intent on travelling freely and without fear. Anita’s journey through the landscapes of the North is one of reclamation, a way of saying that she belongs in the UK as a brown woman, as much as a white man does. Her journey transforms what began as an ugly experience of hate into one offering hope and finding beauty after brutality. Every footstep is an act of persistence. Every word written against the rising tide of hate speech is an act of resistance.

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  • Illuminated by Water

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    Illuminated by Water

    Travel-writer, novelist and singer-songwriter Malachy Tallack has been passionate about fishing since he was young. Growing up in Shetland, with its myriad lochs, he and his brother would roam the island in search of trout, and in so doing discovered a sense of freedom, of wonder, and an abiding passion. But why is it that catching a fish – or simply contemplating catching a fish – can be so thrilling, so captivating? Why is it that time spent beside water can be imprinted so sharply in the memory? Why is it that what seems such a simple act – that of casting a line and hoping – can feel so rich in mystery? ‘Illuminated by Water’ is Malachy’s personal attempt to understand that freedom, and to trace the origins and sources of that sense of wonder.

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  • Imagine a City

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    Imagine a City

    Mark Vanhoenacker grew up in his small hometown, spinning the illuminated globe in his bedroom and dreaming of elsewhere – of distant, real cities, and a perfect metropolis that existed only in his imagination. These places were the source of endless comfort and escape, and of a lasting fascination: streets unspooled, towers shone, and anonymous crowds bustled in cities where Mark could be anyone, perhaps even himself. Now, as a commercial airline pilot, Mark has spent nearly two decades crossing the skies of our planet, touching down in the cities he imagined as a child. He experiences our metropolises in short layover visits that repeat over weeks, months or even years, giving him a unique perspective on the urbanisation of the world. In this book, weaving travelogue with memoir, Mark celebrates the cities he has come to know and love, through the lens of the hometown his heart has never left.

    £16.99
  • Journey to Britannia

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    Journey to Britannia

    An evocation of a journey from Rome, the heart of Empire, to Hadrian’s Wall during the reign of the emperor Hadrian.

    £9.99
  • Lev’s Violin

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    Lev’s Violin

    From the moment she hears Lev’s violin for the first time, Helena Attlee is captivated. She is told that it is an Italian instrument, named after its former Russian owner. Eager to discover all she can about its ancestry, and the stories contained within its delicate wooden body, she sets out for its birthplace, Cremona, once the hometown of famous luthier Antonio Stradivari. This is the beginning of a beguiling journey whose end she could never have anticipated.

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  • On a Pedestal

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    On a Pedestal

    This is a book for people who are interested in statues – and for people who aren’t. It explores those immortalised in marble and bronze – and what the rest of us think about them. As Roger Lytollis travels Britain he encounters a man at Liverpool’s Beatles statue convinced that Rod Stewart was in the Fab Four. In Edinburgh he walks into a row over Greyfriars Bobby’s nose and in Glasgow learns why the Duke of Wellington wears a traffic cone on his head. London brings a controversial nude statue and some hard truths about racism. Elsewhere, Roger sees people dancing with Eric Morecambe, finds a statue being the backdrop to a marriage proposal and, everywhere he goes, pigeons. Always pigeons. ‘On a Pedestal’ examines public statues around the nation.

    £20.00
  • Red Sauce Brown Sauce

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    Red Sauce Brown Sauce

    The charming and joyful follow-up book from ‘the nation’s taster in chief,’ Felicity Cloake.

    £16.99
  • The Hunt for Mount Everest

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    The Hunt for Mount Everest

    The height of Mt. Everest was first measured in 1850, but the closest any westerner got to Everest during the next 71 years, until 1921, was 40 miles. ‘The Hunt for Mount Everest’ tells the story of the 71-year quest to find the world’s highest mountain. It’s a tale of high drama, of larger-than-life characters – George Everest, Francis Younghusband, George Mallory, Lord Curzon, Edward Whymper – and a few quiet heroes: Alexander Kellas, the 13th Dalai Lama, Charles Bell. Encountering spies, war, political intrigues, and hundreds of mules, camels, bullocks, yaks, and two zebrules, Craig Storti uncovers the fascinating and still largely overlooked saga of all that led up to that moment in late June of 1921 when two English climbers, George Mallory and Guy Bullock, became the first westerners – and almost certainly the first human beings – to set foot on Mt. Everest.

    SKU: 9781529331554 Category: Tags: , ,
    £12.99
  • The Hunt For Mount Everest

    £20.00

    The Hunt For Mount Everest

    The height of Mt. Everest was first measured in 1850, but the closest any westerner got to Everest during the next 71 years, until 1921, was 40 miles. ‘The Hunt for Mount Everest’ tells the story of the 71-year quest to find the world’s highest mountain. It’s a tale of high drama, of larger-than-life characters – George Everest, Francis Younghusband, George Mallory, Lord Curzon, Edward Whymper – and a few quiet heroes: Alexander Kellas, the 13th Dalai Lama, Charles Bell. Encountering spies, war, political intrigues, and hundreds of mules, camels, bullocks, yaks, and two zebrules, Craig Storti uncovers the fascinating and still largely overlooked saga of all that led up to that moment in late June of 1921 when two English climbers, George Mallory and Guy Bullock, became the first westerners – and almost certainly the first human beings – to set foot on Mt. Everest.

    SKU: 9781529331530 Category: Tags: , ,
    £20.00
  • The Lost Art of Running

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    The Lost Art of Running

    ‘The Lost Art of Running’ is an opportunity to join running technique analyst coach and movement guru Shane Benzie on his journey across five continents as he trains with and analyses the running style of some of the most gifted athletes on the planet. Part narrative, part practical, this adventure takes you to the foothills of Ethiopia and the ‘town of runners’; to the training grounds of world-record-holding marathon runners in Kenya; racing across the Arctic Circle and the mountains of Europe, through the sweltering sands of the Sahara and the hostility of a winter traverse of the Pennine Way, to witness the incredible natural movement of runners in these environments. Along the way, you will learn how to incorporate natural movement techniques into your own running and hear from some of the top athletes that Shane has coached over the years.

    SKU: 9781472991614 Category: Tags: ,
    £10.99