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.
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.
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.
Roland and Sabrina Michaud have spent most of their lives exploring Africa and Asia. Organized by region, this account of their travels features nearly 500 colour photographs depicting the temples of India, Chinese monasteries, and the tents of Mongolian nomads. Their commentary explains the background to the images and describes the sense of shared humanity they felt with people whose lives were very different from their own.
A Vanished City, a Lost Brother, and the Voice Inside His Iconic Films
This study of the great Japanese film maker weaves an analysis of his most famous film, Rashomon (1950), with the formative experiences of his early life in Tokyo, marked by the destruction of the city by earthquake in 1923 and then by bombing in 1945.
The Poetry of Netsuke
The history of Netsuke – the toggles associated with the Japanese kimono – stretches back for nearly half a millennium. Early examples served a purely functional purpose, but over time they evolved into miniature works of art, often with spiritual connotations. This illustrated compendium demonstrates the affinity between Netsuke and Japan’s ancient Haiku and Waka poetry tradition, analysing the art forms side by side and noting their shared characteristics of simplicity, restraint and master craftsmanship.
This volume accompanied the first international travelling exhibition of the work of the Japanese artist Minol Araki (1928–2010). Having found fame as an industrial designer, Araki became a prolific painter later in life, producing work that amalgamated traditional Chinese and Japanese ink painting techniques with Western influences. The introductory essays are followed by highlights from his impressive body of work, including landscapes, flowers, birds and faces, and reproductions of his seals.
The Lure of Painted Poetry
Japanese and Korean Art
For some 2000 years, the educated elites of Japan and Korea learned classical Chinese poetry and adopted the Confucian aesthetic that informed it. Illustrated with almost 100 works from the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, this catalogue explores the ways in which these poems were reflected in the decorative arts, including landscape and figure painting, ornamental screens, ceramics, metalwork, lacquerware and calligraphy, and the cultural links between the nations of Southeast Asia.
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.
F Is for France
A Curious Cabinet of French Wonders
This alphabetical guide to the quirkier aspects of French life and culture ranges from absinthe to Zinedine Zidane, via cheese, garlic, sex and, of course, wine. It includes recipes (‘take a dozen frogs’ legs…), illustrations and curious facts rarely mentioned in regular guidebooks. Who knew, for example, that the French are addicted to McDonald’s, that the town of Châteauneuf-du-Pape has banned UFOs from landing, or that kangaroos roam the forests around Paris?
A Season in the Wilderness
This classic of American nature writing records the author’s time as a ranger in the canyons of Utah. A rallying-cry for the protection of wilderness, it describes the stark beauty of the landscape: its terracotta earth, arching rock formations, wild horses and Pueblo Indian petroglyphs. First published half a century ago, this new edition includes an introduction by the writer and wildlife campaigner Robert Macfarlane.
The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu
The Quest for this Storied City and the Race to Save its Treasures
When the political chaos of 2012 allowed jihadists to surge across Mali, librarians and archivists secretly worked to hide thousands of Timbuktu’s precious ancient manuscripts. This book combines first-hand reporting of those modern events with the story of Timbuktu’s past as a medieval centre of learning and as the mysterious city that inspired decades of dangerous expeditions by Westerners in search of its fabled wealth.
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.
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.
Beyond the Map
Unruly Enclaves, Ghostly Places, Emerging Lands and Our Search for New Utopias
Not marked on any official map, new islands are emerging from the ocean, villages are disappearing beneath it, sea-forts declare independence and utopian communities are founded. This book explores 39 such extraordinary places. Here are the elusive Minkies in the English Channel, islands created in the South China Sea by a People’s Republic determined to expand its territory and influence, a ‘city without ground’, and the new Arctic being revealed as a result of global warming.
The Un-Discovered Islands
An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes
This guide to islands that have never existed examines 24 products of imagination, deception and human error. Some have emerged from myth, others as phantoms, plain mysteries, or fakes. The island of Frisland was claimed as British territory by Elizabeth I but turned out not to exist, and there were fraudulent inventions such as Phelipeaux, in Lake Superior. Illustrator Katie Scott adorns the text with mythical beasts and a variety of images.
The Wager Disaster
Mayhem, Mutiny and Murder in the South Seas
In 1741, with Britain at war with Spain, HMS Wager was wrecked on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile. Drawing on survivors’ accounts, this book tells the story of the men who mutinied and sailed 2,500 miles in an open boat to safety in Brazil.
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.
Kipling and the Sea
Voyages and Discoveries from North Atlantic to South Pacific
Kipling often travelled by sea and he had a keen interest in all things nautical. Edited by his biographer Andrew Lycett, this selection of letters, journalism, books and poems reflects the author’s historical knowledge, sense of romance and deep respect for the ocean.