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Magdalena: River of Dreams

Magdalena: River of Dreams

Wade Davis

From the bestselling author and winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize: the epic story of Colombia's Rio Magdalena and of the country's past, present and future

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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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The Great Railway Bazaar

The Great Railway Bazaar

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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The Corfu Trilogy

The Corfu Trilogy

Gerald Durrell

Suitable for adults and children alike, this title includes three classic tales of childhood on an island paradise - My Family and Other Animals , Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods .

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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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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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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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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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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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A Year in Provence

A Year in Provence

Peter Mayle

Peter Mayle and his wife did what most of us only imagine doing when they made their long-cherished dream of a life abroad a reality: throwing caution to the wind, they bought a glorious two hundred year-old farmhouse in the...

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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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Walking the Camino

Walking the Camino

Tony Kevin

In May 2006, armed only with a small rucksack and a staff, Tony Kevin, an overweight, sedentary, 63-year-old former diplomat, set off on an eight-week trek across Spain. But this was not just a very long walk - it was a...

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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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Red Dust

Red Dust

Ma Jian

In 1983, Ma Jian turned 30 and was overwhelmed by the desire to escape the confines of his life in Beijing. Here, he writes about his disillusion with the Communist system and an extraordinary journey that he made around China in...

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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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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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