Journey to the Edge of the World
Billy Connelly recounts with customary humour and humble insight his ten-week journey through the North West Passage, which included piloting an aeroplane over Iceberg Valley, trekking through mountains and an ancient riverbed, and encounters with ordinary people, who introduced him to traditions such as hunting and eating raw meat. The text is illustrated throughout with colour photographs, and includes background and historical information.
Great British Journeys
Britain’s landscapes have spurred adventures from Giraldus Cambrensis’s epic circuit of Wales in 1188 to HV Morton’s 1929 tour of Scotland in a bull-nosed Morris. The author and TV presenter Nicholas Crane traces the journeys of eight early travellers, by bike, car or on foot. Sometimes he adopts their original mode of transport, following the indomitable 17th-century lady Celia Fiennes on horseback, or the 18th-century clergyman William Gilpin through the north of England by boat.
The Rule of the Land
Walking Ireland's Border
On foot and by canoe, from Carlingford Lough to Derry/Londonderry, Lough Foyle and Magilligan Point on the northern coast, Jarrett Carr follows the twisted border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Travelling along rivers and through divided towns, villages and farms in borderlands with a troubled past and an uncertain future, Carr aims to examine ‘how the land and its people have reacted to the border, and the ways in which the line is made manifest’.
Over the Top
The First Lone Yachtsman to Sail Vertically Around the World
Adrian Flanagan’s solo expedition took him down to Cape Horn and the Southern Ocean, then all the way north to cross the ice-filled waters of the Russian Arctic. This account of his adventure includes maps charting his progress on the 30,000-mile journey and diary entries recording challenges that included capsizing, a tropical cyclone, encounters with whales and polar bears and a brush with pirates.
A Father, a Son and an Epic
When Mendelsohn was preparing to teach an undergraduate seminar on Homer’s Odyssey his 81-year-old father asked to join the classes. In this combination of memoir and literary criticism, the two men explore the epic together and take a Mediterranean cruise to follow in Odysseus’ footsteps. Through the ancient poem’s timeless themes the classicist and retired research scientist come to know each other better and gradually uncover long-buried secrets about their own family relationships.
Travelling the South Seas
The first Europeans to see the islands of the South Pacific thought they had found Paradise, but the disruption and disease they brought devastated their ecology and indigenous cultures. Sailing to Vanuatu, Fiji and the Cook Islands, Hans-Christof Wachter discovers what has survived.
Napoleon & St Helena
On the Island of Exile
The remote South Atlantic island of St Helena is famous as the site of Napoleon’s 68-month incarceration as ‘Europe’s prisoner’. Willms draws insights from his own visit as he investigates what life was like there and dispels legends that the Emperor himself helped to create.
The Liquid Continent
Travels through Alexandria, Venice and Istanbul
First published as a trilogy, this travelogue explores the three great maritime cities of the eastern Mediterranean. Delving into their cosmopolitan histories and culture, shaped by Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Turks, Jews and many others, it reveals these ancient ports to be rooted in – and linked by – not the landmasses of Europe, Asia and Africa on which they stand, but a ‘continent’ of their own: the sea itself.
An Ausländer's Guide to Perfidious Albion
People think they know what it means to be English, but the reality is harder to define. These gently humorous sketches take their Anglophile German author from Westminster to provincial towns, exploring the land, its people and its institutions, from Fleet Street to The Archers.
Innocence and War
Mark Twain's Holy Land Revisited
In 1867 Mark Twain joined a six-month tour of the Middle East amid a company of Presbyterians committed to bringing Christianity to the Ottoman Empire. Following in his footsteps, Ian Strathcarron travels through Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank to Jerusalem. He finds many parallels between the troubled region then and now, and rich ironies to match Twain’s observations of his travelling companions.
The Indian Equator
Mark Twain's India Revisited
Mark Twain’s two-month sojourn in India formed the most absorbing part of a round-the-world tour he undertook in 1895–6. Retracing the American humorist’s itinerary, Strathcarron travels from Mumbai to the Himalayas, visiting Jaipur, Delhi, Varanasi and – in what is now Pakistan – Lahore. He stays in the same clubs, rides the same railways and, like his predecessor, meets both the mighty and the meek.