The Island: London Mapped
400 Piece Jigsaw
This 400-piece jigsaw is based on Stephen Walter’s intricate map of the city. The large pieces have been carefully cut to preserve his annotations, which include the birthplaces of historical figures, sites of historic interest, facts, and humorous commentaries on cultural stereotypes and local peculiarities.
Discover the Secrets of Our Planet's Iconic Structures
Continent by continent, the Polish graphic designer Micha? Gaszy?ski presents the world’s architectural and engineering masterpieces, each illustrated in his distinctive style and accompanied by facts and statistics about the buildings’ construction, architectural style and history. The book covers ancient monuments such as the pyramids and Stonehenge, places of worship, practical structures including the Suez Canal and Australia’s rabbit and dingo fences, the most remarkable skyscrapers and, beyond the planet, the International Space station.
Rooms with a View
The Secret Life of Grand Hotels
The world’s grandest hotels offer luxury, service and splendour, and each has its own story of love affairs conducted and revolutions fomented beneath its roof. Arranged geographically, this book visits 50 of the greatest, including New York’s Algonquin, where Dorothy Parker held court; the Dorchester in London, favoured by Hitchcock and Hemingway; and the Imperial in Delhi, where the details of India’s independence were negotiated. Slightly off-mint.
The 50 Greatest Churches and Cathedrals of the World
This personal selection of great ecclesiastical architecture features buildings in 27 countries. Chosen both for decorative interest and for the stories behind them, the structures range from Ethiopian rock-hewn churches to Rio de Janeiro’s colossal concrete cathedral.
The London Railway Atlas
Then and Now
The 1921 Railway Map of London and its Environs provided a comprehensive overview of all the railway and underground lines serving the capital, colour coded for the different operators and marked with stations, junctions and geographical features. This new review of the network reproduces a facsimile of the chart in sections, opposite a matching contemporary map which demonstrates how the system has been adapted, and highlights lost stations, old lines with new uses and newly built lines and stations.
Days Out Underground
50 Subterranean Adventures Beneath Britain
From Wookey Hole to nuclear bunkers, and from 17th-century Geevor tin mine to storytelling tours of Edinburgh’s vaults, the shelter and materials provided by the subterranean have been significant in shaping the nation. In addition to practical information – including location and notes on necessary clothing and footwear – this illustrated guide to 50 underground attractions explains their historical context and sights to look out for when visiting them.
A Literary Guide for Travellers
‘Haunted by history’, Barcelona’s extraordinary architecture and atmospheric barrios have inspired writers for centuries. This guide explores its topography and culture through the work of 50 authors writing in English, Spanish and Catalan, including Orwell, Hemingway, Lorca and the Nobel Prize-winner Salvador Espriu. Also includes a basic map of the city’s historic districts, including the Ramblas, the Raval and the Gothic Quarter.
A Comprehensive Guide for Locals and Visitors
Famous for jute, jam and journalism, the city on the Firth of Tay was a 19th-century industrial powerhouse and is now a vibrant hub of the arts and education. Fully illustrated and featuring colour maps, this first modern guide to the city explores the central area around the High Street before surveying its historic suburbs, museums and galleries, parks and gardens, and its five castles.
The A to Z History of London
Since the early 1930s, when Phyllis Pearsall walked the streets of London preparing the first Geographers’ A–Z Street Atlas, the capital has undergone tremendous expansions and transformations. Using the graphic mapping of A–Zs since 1936, Philip Parker first outlines the city’s history, then examines themes that have preoccupied Londoners since the 1930s, including public housing, transport and cultural diversity; and looks at eleven locations, among them Canary Wharf and Nine Elms, that have changed dramatically.
The Travel Atlas
The Ultimate Atlas for Globetrotters
Drawing on the expertise of the popular guidebook publisher, this atlas provides the information needed to plan a trip anywhere in the world. Detailed maps of 195 countries are arranged by continent and accompanied by street plans of major cities and practical information on transport. Itineraries of varying lengths are recommended for each region, along with details of its historic monuments, national parks and wildlife. Colour photographs depict noteworthy sights, including the rock tombs at Petra and Sydney Harbour.
A Guide to the Whiskies of Scotland
As well as being a practical, illustrated guide to buying and drinking single malts, this is an introduction to the history, science and diversity of the spirit. The book is organised around a directory of 330 specific whiskies (or ‘expressions’), with tasting notes compiled by a panel of experts. The supplementary pages include a guide to the main Scottish whisky regions, profiles of makers and a glossary of terms used.
Historic Maps and Views of New York
The 24 images in this collection begin with the earliest known map of the area – hand-drawn in the seventeenth century and depicting plantations and American Indian settlements – and trace New York’s evolution into a modern city, as seen in a satellite photograph. They include historic drawings of Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and a proposed plan for Central Park, and are designed to be easily removed and framed. Separate pages with extended captions detail the historical context of each map and view. Slightly off-mint. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Rooms with a View
The Secret Life of Grand Hotels
The world’s grandest hotels offer luxury, service and splendour, and each has its own story of love affairs conducted and revolutions fomented beneath its roof. Arranged geographically, this book visits 50 of the greatest, including New York’s Algonquin, where Dorothy Parker held court; the Dorchester in London, favoured by Hitchcock and Hemingway; and the Imperial in Delhi, where the details of India’s independence were negotiated.
199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die
Why visit a graveyard if you have no one to mourn? For Lorna Rhoads cemeteries can be repositories of stories, outdoor sculpture parks, habitats for birds and wildlife, gardens and oases of tranquillity. Her worldwide, illustrated directory includes burial grounds of all faiths, famous graveyards such Père Lachaise, Boothill and the Taj Mahal, war graves and memorial parks, catacombs, dolmens and even an underwater cemetery – the Neptune Memorial Reef for those lost at sea.
Treasures of the Louvre
A former palace of the French kings, the Musée de Louvre is home to an extraordinary range of artistic traditions which span Oriental Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities, Decorative Arts, Sculpture, European Paintings, and Drawings. Curated by the former Emeritus Director, Michael Laclotte, this volume illustrates the most renowned masterpieces in its collection, each identified with a museum label listing the title, maker, date, media and dimensions.
Blue Skies Travel Guide
This compact book displays the treasures of the Philippines, from the cultural riches of the capital, Manila, to rainforests and palm-fringed beaches, including a guide to activities such as island-hopping and whale- and dolphin-watching.Part of the Blue Skies Travel series, this illustrated guide is arranged in three sections. The first provides an introduction to the country, its people and its history; the second tours the main locations; while the third provides practical information on transport, business hours, consulates and emergencies.
Blue Skies Travel Guide
The large, remote Indonesian island of Borneo has an extraordinary flora and fauna. Its National Parks are explored here, along with information on forest trekking and where to see turtles and orang-utans in the wild.Part of the Blue Skies Travel series, this illustrated guide is arranged in three sections. The first provides an introduction to the country, its people and its history; the second tours the main locations; while the third provides practical information on transport, business hours, consulates and emergencies.
British Library Maps Writing Set
Spanning half the globe, from Britain and Europe, eastward to the coast of California, the map reproduced in shades of cream and grey on these textured cards dates from the era when Australia was ‘New Holland’ and India was ‘Hindoostan’. The map also lines the envelopes and covers the rigid, lidded box. Twelve cards with ungummed envelopes.
Hiring local guides to take him into the hinterlands of countries in the West, South and East of Africa, Peter Voss made repeated trips to the continent between 2011 and 2013. His resulting photographs, reproduced in this large-format portfolio, comprise candid portraits of the people of remote tribes living traditional lifestyles, including the peoples of the Omo River in Ethiopia, the semi-nomadic Masai of Kenya, the Somba people of Benin and Togo and the Himba of Namibia.
Great Houses of The National Trust
This alphabetical guide features some of the National Trust’s most notable buildings, concentrating on the great houses of the 17th and 18th centuries but spanning almost a thousand years, from the Norman ruins of Corfe Castle to Coleton Fishacre, built in the 1920s. Each entry comprises an overview of the building’s history, setting and architecture and is illustrated with full-colour photographs showing interior and exterior views. Off-mint.
London's Statues and Monuments
This illustrated guide to all outdoor statues and busts in Greater London examines the significance, the sculptor and the story behind each piece, from Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square to the many monuments that have been erected in the suburbs. This revised second edition also features sculptures added between 2012 and 2017, including the controversial memorial to Mary Seacole at St Thomas’s Hospital and the life-size statue of Amy Winehouse in Camden.
Jane Austen's England
A Walking Guide
A member of the Ramblers Association as well as the Jane Austen Society, Anne-Marie Edwards is an ideal guide to the landscapes Jane Austen would have known. The 15 easy walks she describes, with maps showing footpaths and bridleways, visit the ‘originals’ of locations in the novels, such as Godmersham House, the Pemberley of Pride and Prejudice; the Bath Assembly Rooms; and the Cobb and ‘Granny’s Teeth’ at Lyme Regis, which feature in Persuasion.
A Land Between Tradition and Modernity
Based on the journals that the author kept during his exploration of Anatolia, Istanbul and the Aegean coast, this travelogue blends Reichart’s own experiences with an overview of Turkey’s history, and reveals his profound fascination with its character and culture.
A History of Travellers and Pilgrims
Since the 3rd century CE, the biblical Mount Sinai has been identified with the mountain peak above St Catherine’s Monastery at South Sinai in Egypt. Focusing on six periods of activity at the site, this history traces its evolution through the centuries, from the time of the earliest Christian anchorites to the arrival of intrepid tourists during the 19th century. Manginis also discusses Sinai’s natural environment, the mountain’s importance in Muslim tradition and the topographical investigations of western scholars.
The Geckos of Bellapais
Memories of Cyprus
Coveted by a succession of foreign powers, Cyprus has been repeatedly occupied over the centuries. The poet Joachim Sartorius examines the history of the island, including its division after the Turkish invasion of 1974, and considers its culture, legends and architecture. Literary Traveller series.
A Cultural Institution - from Country Inns to Craft Beer Bars and Corner Locals
This compendium by award-winning beer writer Pete Brown includes sections on pub types, pub history and pub names, plus descriptions of the author’s favourite 300 UK hostelries, arranged geographically and illustrated with contemporary photographs. With snippets of local folklore and descriptions of notable landlords and regulars, this is a personal exploration of a cultural institution that has been a cornerstone of British social life for centuries.
Journey Through Wine
Structured according to when each country first began producing wine, this atlas opens with maps of the Black Sea and Middle East around 3000 BC, proceeding through Italy, France and Spain to the New World wineries of today. Each main map is accompanied by insets showing the wine-growing regions, with information on climatic and soil conditions, grape varieties, chief vineyards, and hectares under cultivation.
Experience, Explore, Enjoy
The Scottish Borders – the area south of Edinburgh and west of Berwick-upon-Tweed – is described by the authors as ‘unsurpassed walking country’. This illustrated guide introduces the towns, countryside, wildlife and the people and places of special interest in ‘Britain’s best kept secret’. A Foxglove Visitor Guide.
This portfolio of more than 100 photographs reflects the varied regions, natural scenery and architectural styles of rural France, including panoramic views of plains, valleys and mountains as well as detailed close-ups, remote châteaux and village scenes. Presenting images taken over many years of travel, the experienced landscape photographer Colin Baxter has created a personal collection that aims to capture the essence and atmosphere of the country throughout the seasons.
Magdalen College Oxford
A Brief History and Guide
With illustrations ranging from a reproduction of the Foundation Deed to a photograph of deer rutting in Magdalen’s Grove, Christine Ferdinand presents an academic, architectural and personal history of the College, from its founding by William Waynflete in 1458 to the 21st century and the opening of the new Longwall Library.
F Is for France
A Curious Cabinet of French Wonders
This alphabetic celebration of France highlights interesting, famous and idiosyncratic aspects of its culture, history and people. From Absinthe to Zinedine Zidane, the miscellany reveals fascinating facts such as the most popular Champagne brand in France (Ruinart), and that 75 per cent of the population at the time of the revolution did not speak French as their first language.
The World's Great River Journeys
50 Scenic Voyages Along the Waterways of 6 Continents
Chosen for the scenery they pass through as well as the cultural and historical sites that can be visited as side excursions, the 50 river journeys described and mapped in this illustrated volume range from day trips to extended cruises. In addition to natural wonders, such as the deep, narrow gorges of the Duoro canyon dividing Portugal and Spain, and the vastness of the Brahmaputra, there are complex lock systems and bridges to be navigated, often tourist attractions in themselves.
The D-Day Atlas
Anatomy of the Normandy Campaign
The colour maps drawn for this account of the 1944 D-Day landings, which includes commentary on operational planning, Europe’s defences, beachhead battles and the Allied break-out from the region, depict military units, their movements, weaponry, and geographical obstacles. There are line illustrations and archival photographs supporting the maps, an Allied High Command hierarchy chart, a complete list of Allied and German divisions, and a glossary of codewords connected with D-Day at the back.
The Garden Visitor's Companion
After reflecting on why people visit gardens and especially why gardeners visit other people’s plots, Louisa Jones looks at ten different examples, including historic, cottage and kitchen gardens, plantsmen’s collections, outdoor art, and Mediterranean, Japanese-inspired and minimalist styles. She discusses the key elements of each type and how the visitor should approach them, then invites ten experts to choose their favourite locations from around the world.
Walking in England
Chosen to introduce the variety of landscape within England, this collection of 20 scenic walks begins in Robin Hood’s Bay, the erstwhile smuggler’s haven on the Yorkshire coast, and features routes in the Lake District, the Peaks, East Anglia and Dartmoor. Also included are an introduction to the area’s landscape and history, colour photographs, and a description, map and practical information for each walk.
The Writing on the Wall
100 Iconic Blue Plaques Commemorating Britain's History
Britain’s iconic blue plaques identify buildings that were home to, or significant in the success of, notable historical figures. In this celebration of individual achievement, Mike Read, who helped create a series of plaques for BBC Music Day in 2017, presents 100 such commemorations, with illustrations of the plaques, photographs and biographical details. From David Bowie to William Shakespeare, each entry contains an often surprising link to the next featured plaque.
The English Landscape Garden
The 18th-century English landscape garden, with its seemingly natural appearance, was a revolution in design and its legacy can still be seen in gardens and parks. In this well-illustrated history Symes traces the origins and evolution of the style; discusses its place in contemporary politics, philosophy and culture; and surveys its variations through the works of major designers, from William Kent and the ‘pictorial garden’ to Humphrey Repton and the Picturesque.
A Summer of British Wildlife
100 Great Days Out Watching Wildlife
From hearing the dawn chorus to lying in a meadow of orchids or spotting migratory birds and butterflies, this Bradt guide details 100 experiences – one for each day of the season – that epitomize summer for nature lovers. Each entry includes a grid reference, practical information on transport, accessibility and child-friendliness, and advice on how to extend your trip to a weekend.
From Death to Death and Other Small Tales
Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and D.Daskalopoulos Collection
Taking the theme of the human body, the sometimes-provocative art in this exhibition catalogue includes installations, paintings and sculpture by 20th-century giants such as Duchamp and Magritte, as well as prominent contemporary artists including Rachel Whiteread and Sarah Lucas.
Walking the Himalayas
For six months, Wood and his guides trekked along the foothills of the Himalayas, through Afghanistan, Kashmir and Nepal. His account of the 1,700-mile journey explores the region’s history, politics and the lives of its people, including yak-herders, separatist fighters, Buddhist monks and blood-drinking shamans. Off-mint.
Charts of War
The Maps and Charts That Have Informed and Illustrated War at Sea
Information is power, and sea charts, with their details of harbour approaches, coastal hazards, tides and currents, have often been closely guarded secrets. Handsomely illustrated with historic maps drawn from maritime archives around the world, this book explains how sea charts developed in response to changing military techniques and technology, and describes their role in planning, preventing, conducting and recording wars at sea, from the Battle of Lepanto to the D-Day landings.
A History of the Natural History Museum
This short history, co-authored by two of the Natural History Museum’s former specialists, explores the museum and its origins in the founding collections of the British Museum, and follows its evolution and burgeoning acquisitions from Montagu House in Bloomsbury to its current home in South Kensington. Featuring archival artworks, illustrations and diagrams, the book also highlights key exhibitions and permanent exhibits, as well as the museum’s prominent role in education and research.
Postcard From The Past
The postcard shows charming views of the Yorkshire Dales, but the sender writes, 'Huge hordes of wild sheep, cows and rabbits ready to attack at any time'; and on the back of four views of Weymouth, one word: 'Murder'. Tom Jackson describes this book of holiday postcards, with captions taken from their messages, as 'a collection of very short and cryptic stories set in that drowned Atlantis of the sixties and seventies'.
Journey Through the Philippines
An archipelago of over 7,000 islands, the Philippines has natural environments ranging from coral reefs, through beaches, lakes and forests to active volcanoes, and urban landscapes that can be ultra-modern or old colonial Spanish. Nigel Hicks, a photographer and frequent visitor to the islands, describes a selection of 30 of the most beautiful and interesting places and, having tempted travellers, provides them with practical information on visiting the Philippines.
A Cultural Guide
Ian Campbell Ross traces the history of Umbria from the Umbri people living there 1,000 years before Christ, to the present day, and offers an in-depth guide to the region’s cities and hill-towns, its ancient monuments and Renaissance art, and the glorious landscapes of ‘the green heart of Italy’.
The World's Heritage
The Definitive Guide to All 1007 World Heritage Sites
UNESCO's 'guide to the world’s most extraordinary places' presents all 1,007 sites on the World Heritage List, first mapped by continent, then arranged chronologically by the year in which they were inscribed on the List. From the Galápagos Islands (added 1978) to the rich biodiversity of the Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area (added 2014), the guide covers a remarkable range of monuments and landscapes, with cultural, natural and mixed sites, each described individually and the majority shown in photographs.
Britain's Best Walks
200 Classic Walks from The Times
Veteran ramblers and novice walkers alike have delighted in Christopher Somerville’s 'A Good Walk' column in The Times. This book presents 200 of the best, ranging across the UK from Glen Nevis to Romney Marsh, and from Dingle Marsh in Suffolk to the Mourne Mountains of County Down. Each walk is described in detail, with length and level of difficulty, directions to the starting point, advice on where to eat and stay, colour photographs and maps.
For Alistair Moffat Edinburgh is quite simply ‘the most beautiful city in the world’, and Liz Hanson’s photographs show how he might have come to that conclusion. Moffat, a former Director of the Edinburgh Festival, explains how geology and history made the city as he traces its history from ancient volcanoes to fringe musicians performing in the street; while Liz Hanson’s camera peers into medieval closes as well as looking out over the Firth of Forth from the city’s lofty crags.
Pennine Way Companion
A Pictorial Guide
Wainwright's classic guide to Britain's first long-distance path for walkers was originally published in 1968. This thoroughly updated, pocket-sized edition contains everything the modern rambler needs to follow the route from Derbyshire to Northumbria, through some of Britain's wildest and most beautiful landscapes: detailed maps, a running commentary, 300 drawings, a skeleton log, suggestions for those who prefer to tackle shorter sections ... and a little mild leg-pulling.
Andrew Beattie offers a guide to modern-day Prague and shows how, beyond its distinctive architecture and rich cultural life, the city of Mozart, Kafka and Mucha has a dark history of invasion and oppression.This guide is part of the Innercities series, which takes the visitor beyond the tourist sights of the world’s great cities to explore their cultural and political life. Each book features chapters on history, architecture, literature, music and the performing arts, and a selection of colour photographs.
A Cultural and Literary History
Miami, whose name means ‘Sweet Water’ in the Creek Indian language, was incorporated as a city as recently as 1896. Part of the Cities of the Imagination series, this book explores its short history, literature and arts, and describes the social and cultural life that developed from its melting-pot background.
Food & Dreams
With colour photographs and lyrical descriptions of Venice, this volume evokes the romantic atmosphere of the city while reflecting its varied cuisine. Chapters are organized to represent the courses of a Venetian menu, and each dish has a detailed introduction. Recipes include Italian Sandwiches (often served with wine), Fish Balls, Quail With Polenta, Pumpkin Gnocchi, Seafood Lasagne, Duck with Anchovies and Capers, and Tiramisu.
The Bazaars of Istanbul
Like the city itself, Istanbul's bazaar quarter is a meeting of opposites: East and West, ancient and modern, beautiful and chaotic. This well illustrated book introduces the smaller Egyptian and Book Bazaars before exploring the various sections of the Grand Bazaar. Celebrating the craftsmanship and merchandise, it ranges from antiques to gold, ceramics and textiles, and the more recent production of replica designer goods, before turning to the tobacco, coffee and food that are central to the Turkish culture.
The Hermitage Dogs
Treasures from the State Hermitage Museum
Archaeologists have shown that dogs, ‘our first allies’, were living with humans as far back as 32,000 years ago. Drawing on the superb art collections of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, this book explores many aspects of that human–canine alliance including the role of dogs in ancient myth, the symbolism of the dog in art, many types of working dog, the dogs of the Romanovs from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and, finally, the companion dog – man’s best friend.
Natural History Museum Alive
The Stories Behind the Museum's Great Extinct Creatures
'Dippy', the dinosaur skeleton that until recently graced the entrance hall of the Natural History Museum, is one of ten key extinct species in the museum's collection that are examined and reconstructed in this book. Accompanying David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive television series, the book contains QR codes linking to animated 3D renditions of the creatures from the dodo and sabre-toothed cat to archaeopteryx and iguanodon.
Rooms of One's Own
50 Places that Made Literary History
Virginia Woolf famously said that to write, a woman must have a room of her own. This book explores the rooms of writers of both genders over the past two centuries, and reflects on the way their surroundings may have influenced their work. The result is an entertaining and richly informative tour that ranges from Dr Johnson’s London house to the Brontë parsonage at Haworth; from Dorothy Parker’s room in New York’s Algonquin Hotel to Dostoevsky’s St Petersburg apartment.
Batsford's Walking Guides: Thames Valley
20 Country Walks for All the Family
From its elusive source in Gloucestershire, the River Thames winds its way through woods, meadows and country towns to London. The walks in this book encompass peaceful forests within a stone’s throw of the capital, the Henley riverside, the high Chilterns patrolled by red kites, the historic Trout Inn, the ancient Ridgeway Path and the White Horse at Uffington.
Drive and Stroll in
These guides are tailor-made for anyone whose idea of a good day out is a drive to the country, followed by a leisurely walk and a meal at a local pub or restaurant. Each book provides route maps and directions for 20 circular walks, with photographs and information on how to drive to the starting point and where to park, a good place for refreshments and any local attractions or historically interesting sites along the way.
Places and History
Few countries can match the archaeological treasures or natural beauty of Turkey. Beautifully designed and illustrated with breathtaking colour photographs on every page, this handsome volume explores the legacy of the many civilizations – from the Hittites to the Ottomans – that have left their mark on the country, and charts its history, its politics, and the lives of its people today, from the crowded bazaars of Istanbul to the bleak highlands of Anatolia.
When British Holidays Were Fun
Recalling the Heyday of Holidays at Home
Looking back at holidaying in the British Isles, Tom Tyler explores topics such as holiday-makers' means of transport, the seaside, happy camping at Butlin's and Pontin's, hunting and fishing, walking holidays and messing about in boats. Illustrated with around 280 vintage photographs, and drawing on Tyler's own holiday highs and lows, the book is an informal, nostalgic and often tongue-in-cheek history of holiday-making before cheap flights brought the continental beaches - and weather - within reach.
Town Walks in Devon
Devon is acknowledged to have some of the most beautiful countryside and spectacular coasts in the country, but its towns are equally rewarding for the keen walker. With maps, photographs, notes on history and practical information for visitors, this guide describes circular routes in 15 of the most interesting, including picturesque Dartmouth, Salcombe and Lynton on the coasts and the historic centres of Exeter, Tavistock and Okehampton.
Oskar Reinhart Collection 'Am Römerholz' Winterthur
Of the world-famous art collection bequeathed to his native Winterthur by Oskar Reinhart (1885–1965), 207 works of European art remain in Am Römerholz, his villa and picture gallery. After an illustrated study of Reinhart and his collections, this volume presents a complete catalogue of the paintings, drawings and sculptures in Am Römerholz, with expert commentary on each one and full-page and gatefold reproductions of works by artists including Holbein, Goya and Rembrandt, Courbet, Renoir, Manet and Cézanne.
Malaysia offers a striking variety of attractions for the visitor, from the high-rise skyline of the capital Kuala Lumpur to pristine beaches and rainforest trekking. Illustrated with colour photographs on every page, this attractive book gives an overview of Malaysia's geography, history, people, religion, arts and cuisine, before exploring both parts of the country: Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. Special features cover a wide range of topics, from festivals to street art.
The World's Most Exotic Railway Journeys
50 of the Most Dramatic, Scenic and Long-Distance Routes Across the Globe
Travel by railway, particularly on historic routes or to exotic locations, holds a romance that can't be matched. The 50 journeys traced in this book range from spectacular lines through the Andes or across the Khyber Pass, to travelling north from Helsinki to the Arctic and the famous Paris-to-Istanbul route of the Orient Express. Each report is based on first-hand experience and contains photographs, a route map, technical details of the engine and track, and train timetables.
Full Steam Ahead
A Golden Age of Cruises
From the first ships that earned their livelihoods taking passengers on pleasure trips, the cruise industry has understood the importance of producing attractive advertising and glamorous images of their vessels and destinations. This history of leisure cruising is extensively illustrated with such materials, ranging from 19th- and early 20th-century posters and photographs of inter-war tourists in exotic destinations to pictures of historic ships' interiors and portraits of the gargantuan 'super cruisers' of today.
Finding the Plot
100 Graves to Visit Before You Die
From the splendour of Nelson's tomb in the crypt of St Paul's to the more commonplace gravestone of Eleanor Rigby in Liverpool, this guide selects the most interesting resting places to visit in Britain, telling the stories of the lives and deaths of the memorialized. Arranged geographically, the selection ranges from the much-visited shrine to Marc Bolan in Barnes to the Leicester car park where Richard III's remains were found.
Paris to the Past
Traveling Through French History by Train
This characterful guide takes the reader on a journey through French history via 25 train outings from Paris. An expedition to the great Gothic cathedrals of Reims and Chartres brings to life the scheming Abbot Suger; a day-trip to the château of Blois evokes the splendours of the Renaissance; and an excursion to Versailles recalls the shining glory of the Sun King. Engaging and informative, the book also features helpful tips on hotels and bistros. American-cut pages.
The World's Greatest Cruises
Explore, Dream, Discover
Cruise ships today offer travellers the chance to enjoy exotic locations from the comfort of a luxury liner. This lavishly illustrated book describes 18 great journeys, with maps and information on regional history, culture and wildlife for routes including classic cruises in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, island-hopping in the Aegean and Pacific, river cruising on the Danube, Nile and Mississippi and more adventurous voyages to the Arctic, the Northwest Passage and the Antarctic. (Previously published as Dream Cruises of the World)
Greece is a nation of rocky outcrops scattered across the sparkling Aegean, fringed by sandy beaches and dotted with ancient temples and dazzling white churches. Paul Davies details the sights and transport links of all the major islands and many secluded gems, along with those of Athens. This is one of the Globetrotter Travel Guides. Written by some of the most experienced travel writers in the business, these practical, concise and well-illustrated guides vividly describe places of interest and suggest where to eat, stay, shop and relax. With a weatherproof sleeve, fold-out map and free pdf map for your mobile.
The Most Amazing Places of Folklore and Legend in Britain
From the Shetland fire festival of Up Helly Aa to the mermaid of Zennor's tale of love and loss, Britain's folklore is deeply rooted in a bygone age when pastoral demands shaped the year, yet many of these centuries-old celebrations are alive and well today. This illustrated guide describes places and events where such traditions can still be experienced, along with maps, directions and a list of festivals by date, to provide everything you need to plan your folklore journey.
Favourite Walks in Devon
With Local Authors and Walkers
From rugged coastal paths to rolling farmland and wild moorland, Devon is a county of varied terrain and one of the best places to go walking in Britain. Exploring the whole county, including Dartmoor, Exmoor, and the north and south coasts, this book of 16 guided walks compiles the favourite routes of experienced local ramblers and features maps, directions, local information and photographs of notable views and points of interest.
The Gardens of the Vatican
Behind the high walls of the Vatican, beautifully kept gardens offer the Pope a tranquil refuge, fragrant with sweet herbs and cooled by shade trees and fountains. Linda Kooluris Dobbs's photographs give us access to these normally hidden lawns and avenues, grottoes and parterres, with their fine statuary and fountains, and their imposing backdrop – the buildings of the Vatican and the dome of St Peter's. Kildare Dobbs's introductory essay accompanies this collection of over 140 photographs.
The Lake District
Walks from Skiddaw to Scafell
Drawing on his four decades of walking and rock climbing in the Lake District, Jerry Rawson presents a guide to 21 walks that explore the valleys, summits, tarns and lakes of the Northern, North Western, Western, Central, Eastern and Southern Fells. Illustrated with maps and photographs, and graded for difficulty, the walks also reveal different facets of the Fells, including geology, people, history and the working landscape.