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The Bells of Old Tokyo

The Bells of Old Tokyo

Anna Sherman

A hauntingly original book about Tokyo and the Japanese relationship to time, memory and history, seen through the eyes of an outsider, searching for the past that underlies the city's arrestingly visible present.

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The Way Home

The Way Home

Mark Boyle

It was 11pm when I checked my email for the last time and turned off my phone for what I hoped would be forever.

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Timeless On The Silk Road

Timeless On The Silk Road

Heather Ellis

After riding her motorcycle across Africa, Heather Ellis rides the fabled Silk Roads of antiquity from London to Hanoi. 

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Alice to Prague

Alice to Prague

Tanya Heaslip

A bittersweet story of a search for identity, belonging and love, set in a time, a place and with a man that fill Tanya's life with contradictions.

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See You in the Piazza

See You in the Piazza

Frances Mayes

Bestselling and beloved author Frances Mayes discovers the hidden pleasures of Italy in a sumptuous travel narrative that crisscrosses the country, with inventive new recipes celebrating Italian cuisine

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The Cafe de Move-on Blues: In Search of the New South Africa

The Cafe de Move-on Blues: In Search of the New South Africa

Christopher Hope

From one of South Africa's finest writers comes a powerful exploration of politics, race and population in the post-Apartheid era.

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East of Croydon: Blunderings through India and South East Asia

East of Croydon: Blunderings through India and South East Asia

Sue Perkins

Join Sunday Times bestselling author of Spectacles, Sue Perkins as she travels around Southeast Asia and beyond.  

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Yak on Track

Yak on Track

Heather McNiece

It seemed like a good idea to Heather at the time: organise a challenging trek to raise funds for the education of young Bhutanese girls. Heather had walked in the Himalayas before, so how hard could it be on the trail to Lunana,...

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A Small Place

A Small Place

Jamaica Kincaid

In A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid candidly appraises where she grew up, and makes palpable the impact of European colonisation and tourism.

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Lost Japan

Lost Japan

Alex Kerr

Originally written in Japanese, this book offers an insight into Japanese landscape, culture, history and future.

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Tracks

Tracks

Robyn Davidson

A revised, reissued edition of this prize-winning, bestselling account of one woman's solo journey across 1,700 miles of Australian Outback

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The Great Railway Bazaar: Popular Penguins

The Great Railway Bazaar: Popular Penguins

Paul Theroux

Covering the Orient Express, the Golden Arrow of Kuala and the Trans-Siberian Express, this title takes us on a rail journey from London across Europe through India and Asia. This was a journey of discovery made in the...

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Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It

Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It

Geoff Dyer

From Amsterdam to Cambodia, from Rome to Indonesia, from New Orleans to Libya, and from Detroit to Ko Pha-Ngan, Geoff Dyer finds himself both floundering about in a sea of grievances and finding moments of transcendental calm.

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The White Darkness

The White Darkness

David Grann

By the Sunday Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon, a powerful true story of adventure and obsession in the Antarctic, lavishly illustrated with colour photographs

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Neon Pilgrim

Lisa Dempster

During a culture-shocked exchange year in Japan, fifteen-year-old Lisa Dempster's imagination is ignited by the story of the henro michi, an arduous 1200 kilometre Buddhist pilgrimage through the mountains of Japan. Perfectly...

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A Field Guide To Getting Lost

A Field Guide To Getting Lost

Rebecca Solnit

Solnit's revelatory modern classic exploring philosophy, history, art and metaphysics

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Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found

Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found

Cheryl Strayed

At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's rapid death from cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage crumbled. With nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her...

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By Sea & Stars: The Story of the First Fleet

By Sea & Stars: The Story of the First Fleet

Trent Dalton

Dazzling, poetic and vivid storytelling from one of Australia's greatest writers, which tells the bloody, brutal and enthralling story of the epic journey of the First Fleet.

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Adventures of a Young Naturalist

Adventures of a Young Naturalist

Sir David Attenborough

The early adventures of a young David Attenborough.  

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Holy Cow!: An Indian Adventure

Holy Cow!: An Indian Adventure

Sara MacDonald

A rollercoaster ride through a land of chaos and contradiction with a woman on a mission to save her soul, her love life - and her sanity. ABC journalist spent two years on the sub-continent. This book presents some of her...

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A Year in Provence

A Year in Provence

Peter Mayle

A funny--and often hilarious--month-by-month account of the charms and frustrations of moving into an old French farmhouse in Provence and adapting to a very different way of life.

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My Family and Other Animals

My Family and Other Animals

Gerald Durrell

'What we all need,' said Larry, 'is sunshine... a country where we can grow.' 'Yes, dear, that would be nice,' agreed Mother, not really listening. 'I had a letter from George this morning - he says Corfu's wonderful. Why don't we...

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Almost French

Almost French

Sarah Turnbull

After backpacking her way around Europe journalist Sarah Turnbull is ready to embark on one last adventure before heading home to Sydney. A chance meeting with a charming Frenchman in Bucharest changes her travel plans forever....

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Out Of Africa: Popular Penguins

Out Of Africa: Popular Penguins

Karen Blixen

In 1914 the author arrived in Kenya with her husband to run a coffee-farm. Drawn to the exquisite beauty of Africa, she spent her happiest years there until the plantation failed. Offering a poignant farewell to her beloved farm,...

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Catfish and Mandala

Catfish and Mandala

Andrew Pham

A limpid voyage through Vietnam's ghost-ridden landscape, at once a moving memoir, travelogue and compelling search for identity.

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The Songlines

The Songlines

Bruce Chatwin

The songlines are the invisible pathways that criss-cross Australia, ancient tracks connecting communities and following ancient boundaries. In this magical account Chatwin recalls his travels across the length and breadth of...

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Notes From A Small Island: Journey Through Britain

Notes From A Small Island: Journey Through Britain

Bill Bryson

In 1995, before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire to move back to the States for a few years with his family, the author insisted on taking one last trip around Britain. This book tells about his experiences.

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Journey Without Maps

Journey Without Maps

Graham Greene, Paul Theroux

In 1935, Graham Greene set off to discover Liberia, a remote and unfamiliar West African republic founded for released slaves. Crossing the red-clay terrain from Sierra Leone to the coast at Grand Bassa with a chain of porters, he...

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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything

Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert is in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, and they're trying for a baby - she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it...

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