Ideal reads for armchair travellers

Stranger Country

Stranger Country

Monica Tan

'Will I ever really belong to this country? As a Chinese Australian? As a non-Indigenous Australian?.I was 32 years old and barely knew the country of my birth. It was time to change that.' What happens when a...

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Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga

Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga

Todd Alexander

Once I was the poster boy for corporate success, but now I'm crashing through the bush in a storm in search of a missing pig. How the hell did we end up here? Todd and Jeff have had enough of the city. Sick of the...

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I Built No Schools in Kenya

I Built No Schools in Kenya

Kirsten Drysdale

I Built No Schools in Kenya is a travelogue-tragedy-farce about race, wealth, love, death, family, nationhood, sanity, benzodiazepines, monkeys and whisky.  

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Less

Less

Andrew Sean Greer

A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, Less is the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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 Read reviewWelcome to Country

Welcome to Country

Marcia Langton

A completely new and inclusive guidebook to Indigenous Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

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 Read reviewThe Odyssey

The Odyssey

Homer, Emily Wilson

A lean, fleet-footed translation that recaptures Homer's nimble gallop and brings an ancient epic to new life.

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Literary Landscapes: Charting the Topography of Classic Literature

Literary Landscapes: Charting the Topography of Classic Literature

John Sutherland

Some stories couldn't happen just anywhere or any time - often the scenery , landscape or era is as central to the tale as any character - and just as easily recognised. What adventures would Heidi have had without her mountain...

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Haikyo: The Modern Ruins of Japan

Haikyo: The Modern Ruins of Japan

Shane Thoms

Stepping away from the lights and into the shadows, one adventurous photographer embarks on an underground voyeuristic journey, documenting a curious collection of images that provide a rare and intimate glimpse into a secret,...

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Flights

Flights

Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft

A literary and imaginative book that explores subjects such as anatomy and psychology through narratives and reflections on travel and the body, and life and death.

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Ottoman Odyssey

Ottoman Odyssey

Alev Scott

A journey across the former Ottoman Empire reveals the legacy of its influence on people from the Balkans to the Levant, and the integral diversity threatened amid rising nationalism.

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The Oblique Place

The Oblique Place

Caterina Pascual Soederbaum, Frank Perry

The Oblique Place is an exceptional literary journey, an achingly beautiful fusion of memories and history unlike any other.

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Wilderness: Celebrating Australia’s protected places

Wilderness: Celebrating Australia’s protected places

The Wilderness Society

The Wilderness Society present a new, limited edition coffee table book. Wilderness - Celebrating Australia's protected places is filled with breathtaking photographs of Australia's majestic, saved landscapes.The book...

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Chromatopia: An Illustrated History of Colour

Chromatopia: An Illustrated History of Colour

David Coles

From grinding down beetles and burning animal bones to alchemy and serendipity,Chromatopia reveals the origin stories of over 50 of history's most extraordinary pigments.

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Ghost Empire

Ghost Empire

Richard Fidler

A brilliant reconstruction of the saga of power, glory, invasion and decay that is the one-thousand year story of Constantinople. A truly marvellous book.' - Simon Winchester In 2014, Richard Fidler and...

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Seashaken Houses: A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet

Seashaken Houses: A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet

Tom Nancollas

An enthralling history of Britain's historic rock lighthouses, exploring the enduring appeal of these magnificent, isolated sentinels.     

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How New York Breaks Your Heart

How New York Breaks Your Heart

Bill Hayes

Bill Hayes's critically acclaimed memoir Insomniac City provided a first look at his unique street photography. Now he presents an exquisite collection that captures the full range of his work and the magic of chance encounters in...

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Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins

Jess Walter

Somewhere on a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and views an apparition: a beautiful woman, a vision in white,...

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The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art

The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art

Eileen Myles

A poet and post-punk heroine writes on subjects ranging from Bjoerk to Robert Smithson, from traveling in Iceland to walking in Thoreau's footsteps on Cape Cod

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The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District

The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District

James Rebanks

Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for...

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The Land Where Lemons Grow: The Story of Italy and its Citrus Fruit

The Land Where Lemons Grow: The Story of Italy and its Citrus Fruit

Helena Attlee

A book about Italy's unexpected history, told through its citrus fruits. Combining travel writing with history, recipes, horticulture and art, it takes the reader on a unique and rich journey through Italy's cultural, moral,...

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The Art of Travel

The Art of Travel

Alain de Botton

Provides an insight into everything from holiday romance to hotel mini-bars, airports to sight-seeing. This book suggests how we might be happier on our journeys.

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