In a time before air travel or radio, on the brink of a revolution in photography and filmmaking, Burton Holmes (1870-1958) set upon a lifelong journey to bring the world home. From the grand boulevards of Paris to China's Great Wall, from the first modern Olympics in Athens to the 1906 eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Holmes deli... read more
Heartbroken after a disastrous romance, Kevin Patterson is drowning in self-pity. In an effort to distract himself he buys a boat called Sea Mouse from a Viking-obsessed madman and decides to sail across the Pacific in it. The only boat he's been on before is a ferry. With an equally broken-hearted companion (who can, at l... read more
Four million captivated viewers watched Charley Boorman complete his last adventure - LONG WAY DOWN - which took him from John O'Groats to Cape Town. Along with Ewan Mc Gregor he achieved not only this amazing feat, but also circumnavigated the globe on the LONG WAY ROUND. In between these two incredible journeys, he found th... read more
A true-life travelogue of a broken heart, journeying through the dating, marital and sexual mores of America. Newly-weds are difficult to avoid in Niagra Falls. Each year 500,000 freshly hitched sweethearts book into one of the 55 motels offering heart-shaped jacuzzis, tiger rugs and mirrored ceilings. That's 700 couples a... read more
Captain Cook's Journals provide his vivid first-hand account of three extraordinary expeditions. These charted the entire coast of New Zealand and the east coast of Australia, and brought back detailed descriptions of Tahiti, Tonga and a host of until then unknown islands in the Pacific. The journals amply reveal the determin... read more
Do you need a reason for traveling through France by foot? OK, here's one: All that exercise and fresh air will give you such an appetite that you'll be able to eat twice as much of that French country cooking at every meal. That's reason enough! France on Foot offers great reasons for walking the country, and resources for a smooth trip.
In the 21st century every sixth human being will be Indian. India is very close to becoming the second largest consumer market in the world, with a buying middle class numbering over half a billion. The Indian economy is already the fourth largest in terms of purchasing power parity. It is in the top ten in overall GNP. Yet a... read more
'For God's sake look after our people.' Captain Scott's harrowing account of his expedition to the South Pole in 1910-12 was first published in 1913. In his journals Scott records his party's optimistic departure from New Zealand, the hazardous voyage of the Terra Nova to Antarctica, and the trek with ponies and dogs acros... read more
It had never been done before. Not in 2,000 years of Japanese recorded history had anyone followed the Cherry Blossom Front from one end of the country to the other. Nor had anyone hitIt had never been done before. Not in 2,000 years of Japanese recorded history had anyone followed the Cherry Blossom Front from one end of the... read more
The Granta Book of India brings together, for the first time, evocative, personal and informative pieces from previous editions of Granta, all on the experiences of Indian life, culture and politics. Including extracts from the highly successful Granta 57: India! The Golden Jubilee. Suketu Mehta on Mumbai Chitra Banerji: 'Wha... read more
Running 3,000 miles from the eat-coast boomtown of Shanghai to the border of Kazakhstan in the north-west, Route 312 - China's 'Route 66' - is a road that Rob Gifford has always wanted to travel. Gifford's journey and his desire to get to the heart of this country make China Road an outstanding and funny travel narrative - pa... read more
This is the collection of the best travel writing of the year, much of it never published before, from big names in travel literature and emerging new writers. "The Best Travel Writing 2009" is the sixth volume in the annual "Travelers' Tales" series launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing - from Nobel P... read more
When John travels to Vanuatu he meets up with an Australian who skis over the backs of crocodiles, natives who bungee-jump with vines around their ankles, and a con artist extraordinaire who blows up ships with c-4 Plastique to clean up the Port Vila Harbour. His wife Susan and their three boys settle into life in New Zealand... read more
Renowned as one of the world's foremost expedition photographers, Gordon Wiltsie has climbed Himalayan mountains, mushed dogs on the frozen Arctic Ocean, skied in Antarctica and hacked through the Amazon jungle to photograph the most remote reaches of the planet. For three decades he has accompanied many of the great explorer... read more
Fourth volume in the bestselling olive series by writer and actress Carol Drinkwater
'After being swept off his feet by an avalanche and left dangling by a rope around his neck, Herzog began to pass water, violently and uncontrollably.'
Your reaction may be only slightly less extreme as you move from one nail-biting moment to the next in this wonderful 1952 tale of triumph and frostbite. Outside ... read more
"Green Hills of Africa" is Ernest Hemingway's lyrical journal of a month on safari in the great game country of East Africa, where he and his wife Pauline journeyed in December 1933. Hemingway's well-known interest in - and fascination with - big-game hunting is magnificently captured in this evocative account of his trip. It... read more
The author recalls her many adventures as she explored the coasts of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Spitsbergen, and Norway in her ocean-worthy rowing shell.
The Wall Street Journal Jill Fredston has traveled more than twenty thousand miles of the Arctic and sub-Arctic-backwards. With her ocean-going rowing shell and... read more
The story of how a strange-looking species of chinese deer was saved from extinction by a Basque priest and an eccentric Englishman. It is also an alternative history of the Boxer rebellion, of British colonialism, and of Darwinism.