For over 20 years, "Outside" magazine has devoted itself to featuring the best of contemporary travel writing and this is a collection of that writing. It takes the reader down a Himalayan river, on a journey to the oil fields of Kuwait, and chasing after killer bees in Africa.
A warm and whimsical look at America and the Americans. Gerry Evans and photographer Peter Bush, travelled over 7000 miles by Amtrak and Greyhound bus across the USA. And what a journey it was.
"Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage" is, as Robert Macfarlane says in his introduction, 'one of the most sustained, intensive and imaginative studies of a place that has ever been carried out'. That place is one of the most mysterious and oldest inhabited landscapes in the world, the islands of Aran off the west coast of Ireland. Tim... read more
|Author:||James Cracknell & Ben Fogle|
Conquering the Atlantic in the World's Toughest Rowing Race
Meet Chris Stewart, the eternal optimist.At age seventeen Chris retired as the drummer of Genesis and launched a career as a sheep shearer and travel writer. He has no regrets about this. Had he become a big-time rock star he might never have moved with his wife Ana to a remote mountain farm in Andalucia. Nor forged the frien... read more
This book chronicles the round-the-world microlight expedition that killed two pilots. The story was sensational and hit the news with its mishaps and 'tragedies', but the record-breaking flight was an incredible way to travel the world: slowly flying across it with sufficient height to get a good view, sufficient proximit... read more
Tomas Graves was born in and belongs to Majorca. His father, the great love poet Robert Graves, famously ended up in the beautiful Mediterranean island pretty much by accident, but it is the happiest accident of Tomas' life. His love for the special beauties of Majorcan culture shines on every page of this infectiously happy ... read more
How often have you eaten a mushroom that you picked yourself that morning? Or sat on a boat opening and eating oysters as you lift them from the sea? Or partaken of a seven course feast of game to celebrate the success of the chasse? When Patricia Atkinson - bestselling author of "The Ripening Sun" - first moved to France, he... read more
An exhilarating account of a lone woman's indefatigable determination to make a difference. Sometimes you just have to do something, don't you? Sometimes an injustice comes along and you think 'No, this cannot be', and rather than just turn off the TV, you know it's time to act. So begins Isabel Losada's extraordinary ... read more
An extraordinary journey across the magnificent, but bizarre coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. John Gimlette's journey across this awesome and often brutal western extreme of the Americas broadly mirrors that of Dr Eliot Curwen, his great-grandfather, who spent a summer there as a doctor in 1893, and who was witness to ... read more
Takes us back to when travel meant putting one foot in front of the other, racing to make connections between trains and buses in remote transit stations, and wading through chaos. Stevenson travels the world by biking, walking, hiking, riding in rickshaws, freight ships, cruise ships, ancient ferries, buses, and the Trans-Si... read more
Welcome to the real, unauthorised London: the disappeared, the unapproved, the unvoiced, the mythical and the all-but forgotten. The perfect companion to the city. First published 2006.
Carsten Jensen's epic journey takes him through China, Cambodia and Vietnam, with many pauses on his way to meditate on the history and customs of the people he meets. He is not a political reporter, although he does write about the Tiananmen Square massacre, the killing fields of Cambodia, the battlefields of Dien Bien Phu a... read more
Welcomed with open arms, derided as a pig-ignorant tourist and occasionally mocked mercilessly for his trouble, Ben Fogle visited the last flag-flying outposts of the British Empire. With caution, dignity and a spare pair of pants thrown to the wind, he set out to discover just exactly who would choose to live on islands a... read more
Turkey's greatest living novelist guides us through the monuments and lost paradises, dilapidated Ottoman villas, back streets and waterways of Istanbul - the city of his birth and the home of his imagination.
This work describes the decisive moment of the transformation of "coolies" (porters and labourers) into the Sherpas as climbing legends: the disastrous German expedition to Nanga Parbat in 1934. Abandoned by their Europeans employers, the porters were left to survive on the mountain.
Early in the year, Adam Nicolson decided to leave his comfy life at home on a Sussex farm and go for an adventure. Equipped with the Auk, a 42-foot wooden ketch, and a friend who at least knew how to sail, he set off up the Atlantic coasts of the British Isles: Cornwall to Scilly, over to Pembrokeshire and the west of Ireland... read more
At 5600 kilometres, the Australian dog fence is the longest barrier ever built. Following its course, James Woodford travels across four deserts to meet the boundary riders and pastoralists who maintain the fence, and encounters the dogs themselves. An extraordinary book about travel, history and a very lonely environment.
|Author:||Eli Bowles & Colin Best|
The utterly compelling and inspirational account of how two very different Australian writers tackle their demons walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the legendary medieval pilgrimage across Spain.
'It was at that moment, amidst a busload of boisterous Spaniards, that this naive pilgrim wannabe realised one o... read more
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On 24 May 1869, a ragtag band of ten mountain men voyaged down the last unexplored area in the American Southwest. To adventurers of the era the immense Grand Canyon was almost as mysterious as Atlantis - and just as perilous. John Wesley Powell, an eccentric yet highly gifted veteran of the Civil War, drove the expedition wi... read more