A Journey Downriver Through Egypt's Past and Present
'From Egypt's earliest art (prehistoric images of fish-traps, carved into cliffs overlooking the river) to the Arab Spring (fought over on the bridges of Cairo), the Nile has been central to Egypt's story.' An expert in the ancient civilization dominated by the great river, Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson travels the length of the Nile, from Aswan, through Luxor, modern Qena and ancient Nagada, Abydos and the Fayum to Cairo, reflecting on both past and present and an uncertain future. American-cut pages.
When The Going Was Good
Between 1929 and 1935, Evelyn Waugh travelled widely and wrote extensively about his experiences. This collection brings together his accounts of a Mediterranean cruise, and his travels in Abyssinia, Aden, Zanzibar, Kenya, the Congo, Guyana and Brazil. Written with his characteristic dry wit and perception, these reports contain the seeds of his classic novels Scoop and Black Mischief.
Oaxaca on Mexico's Pacific coast boasts almost 700 different varieties of fern; which was sufficient reason for the American Fern Society to organise a field-trip to the region in 2000. The group included Oliver Sacks, professor of neurology, author of The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat and enthusiastic amateur botanist. In this, his traveller's journal, details of the natural history Sacks observed are interspersed with observations on the archaeology, cuisine, history and people of a remarkable part of the world. American-cut pages.
The South American Diaries
Struggling to write a novel set in South America, John Hopkins decided to revisit the continent, travelling slowly by train, bus and river boat from Mexico City to Argentina, via Brazil, Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay, savouring every experience along the way. The diary he kept is a vivid, sultry portrait of Latin America, a tequila-soaked chronicle of boredom, solitude and writer’s block, and an angst-ridden account of his troubled love for his travelling companion Madeleine.
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.
The Tiger and the Ruby
A Journey to the Other Side of British India
In 1841, Nigel Holleck left Britain to work as a clerk in the East India Company. After eight years in the post, he disappeared without trace in Nepal. A century and a half later, Kief Hillsbery set out to find the final resting place of his ancestor. The result is this remarkable tale of a clash of civilizations, a quest to discover one’s own identity, and a moving story of one man against an empire.
Journeys Among Special People and Places
Alastair Sawday’s love of adventure began as a teenager, and led to a career as a bestselling author of travel guides. These personal sketches are infused with his passion for authenticity, for the quirks of humanity, culture and landscape. Peopled with eccentric guests and peculiar hoteliers, the stories range from the majesty of Venice to the lush valleys of Wales, and from a chaotic Spanish farmhouse to a Parisian café where the elderly waitresses perform the can-can.
A New History
Thomas Madden's portrait of Venice uses long-buried archival material to trace the history of this unique city from its humble origins as a lagoon refuge to its zenith as a vast maritime empire and Renaissance epicentre, and its rebirth as a modern tourist hub. Featuring the personal stories of doges, merchants and famous figures such as Marco Polo, Casanova and Lord Byron, Madden's Venice is the rich popular history that this city deserves.
England's Lost Colony
In the 1650s, a group of Cavaliers fled Cromwell’s England for the lush coast of Surinam. Here, they established a colony named after its founder, Sir Thomas Willoughby. This absorbing book explores the untold story of the colony’s rise and fall. The rich cast of characters includes Willoughby himself, the playwright Aphra Behn, the indigenous people and their rulers, and the planters and mercenaries who would turn this utopia into a hell of terror and slavery.
Carving Japanese Netsuke for Beginners
Netsuke were originally toggles carved into the shape of animals, symbols or masks, which were attached to a kimono. With details of tools and materials required, this guide explains carving techniques step by step and includes 23 projects suitable for a beginner.
The Longest Winter
Scott's Other Heroes
Captain Scott's Antarctic expedition of 1911–12 comprised a party focused on the pole attempt and a second group detailed to undertake scientific research. This book recounts the ordeal of the six men of the second expedition, who were forced to survive the winter in an improvised ice cave before making a perilous journey back to base camp, where they were finally rescued nearly a year after they had been stranded.
Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms
Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East
The minority religions of the Middle East continue to practise faiths and customs that preserve the last vestiges of great ancient empires. But today the turmoil in the region threatens the survival of their small communities. A former British diplomat here draws on his encounters with such groups as the Yazidis, Zoroastrians and Copts as he describes their history and explains why they have refused inducements to abandon their beliefs. Foreword by Rory Stewart.
A Century On
Between 1899 and 1911, EH Wilson (1876–1930), the foremost plant hunter of his generation, travelled extensively in China. Initially searching for the dove tree, Davidia involucrata, he eventually collected and introduced many hundreds of plants into western gardens and arboreta. A century after Wilson, Flanagan and Kirkham, two modern-day plant hunters, retraced his routes to the high passes and exotic species of western China, often matching Wilson’s photographs of remarkable trees and landscapes with their own then-and-now images. Slightly off-mint.
The Oregon Trail
An Illustrated Edition of Francis Parkman's Western Adventure
Francis Parkman's classic account of the American frontier at the time of the early migrations was written in the late 1840s and describes the first section of the Oregon Trail through Missouri, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado and Kansas, including a period he spent living with the Oglala Sioux Indians. This illustrated edition includes archive photographs, paintings and illustrations of the trail, as well as additional first-hand accounts from contemporary emigrants who completed the route across the Rockies to the Pacific Northwest. Off-mint.
A Photographic Journal of Travels Through China 1894–1896
One of the most accomplished explorers and travel writers of the Victorian era, Isabella Bird (1831–1904) was a late convert to photography. In the 1890s she made three journeys to China, including 'some very serious travel' in remote and uncharted areas, and created an extensive photographic record of each arduous trek. This volume presents 180 reproductions of her 'Chinese pictures' (gelatin silver prints) along with captions taken from her books of 1898–1900 and a biographical essay.
A Traveller's History of Turkey
This Traveller's History is part of a series described by The Daily Telegraph as 'ideal before-you-go reading'. The concise, informative and useful history is for travellers who want a comprehensive view of the country's past and more detail than ordinary tourists' guides can provide. The book includes a chronology, gazetteer, a list of further reading and an index and is illustrated with maps, plans and line drawings.