The Private Diaries and Sketches of Edward Norton, 1922–24
EF ‘Teddy’ Norton was a member of the record-breaking 1922 Everest expedition and leader of the ill-fated 1924 ascent, during which his fellow climbers Mallory and Irvine disappeared. His official account has become a classic, but his private diaries and sketches have never before been published. Edited by his grandson, they provide a gripping account of the triumphs and tragedies of these pioneering expeditions, alongside vivid colour sketches of the landscapes, plants, wildlife and people of pre-war Tibet.
Off the Map
Lost Spaces, Invisible Cities, Forgotten Islands, Feral Places, and What They Tell Us About the World
In the world of Google Earth, it is easy to believe that every inch of the planet has been mapped. Happily, this is not true. This book ranges the globe to celebrate the anomalies that still frustrate the cartographer: islands that never existed; abandoned settlements; a secret military town in Russia; and renamed cities whose old identity clings like a ghost. A rich evocation of the strangeness of place, and a must for all map-lovers.
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.
Cairo to Constantinople
Francis Bedford's Photographs of the Middle East
In 1862 the Prince of Wales invited photographer Francis Bedford to accompany him on a royal tour of the Middle East. The resulting images, which captivated the British public, document not only the ancient landscapes and iconic monuments of biblical times, including Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and Hebron’s Mosque of al-Khalil, but also the devastation caused by sectarian conflict, particularly in Damascus. As well as Bedford’s striking photographs, this collection includes a chronology and catalogue, plus essays by four Middle East specialists.
Paris is a legend among cities, with a mystique all its own. This superbly presented collection of more than 400 historic photographs and posters from the Mary Evans Picture Library charts the life of the city and its people through the 19th and 20th centuries. These richly evocative images show Paris in two world wars, and celebrate its street life and nightlife, its world-famous fashion, and its artists and writers from Matisse and Picasso to Camus and Colette.
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 richly illustrated book takes the reader on a journey through a world filled with fascinating history and people. Separate sections explore the various parts of the Bazaar District, trace their long traditions of craftsmanship, and celebrate their merchandise: food, spices, jewellery, carpets, textiles, ceramics, leatherwork, books... The volume includes 30 traditional Turkish recipes.
A Grand Tour Through Time
This beautifully designed book takes the armchair traveller on a nostalgic journey through a bygone Europe from the 1920s to the 1980s, from St Mark’s in Venice to bustling Berlin. Belgian journalist Dirk Leyman’s extraordinary collection of vintage travel brochures, booklets, picture postcards and folding maps brings the heyday of carefree travel back to life. Stylish typography and eye-catching graphics celebrate a vanished world of Pullman cars and touring clubs, grand hotels and elegant spas.
A Cultural and Literary History
Utterly destroyed by fire twice over, in 1842 and 1943, Hamburg has shaken off a reputation as a drab, businesslike port to become a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a thriving cultural scene. This erudite, informative guidebook charts the city's traumatic history, describes its landmark buildings and varied districts, from the elegant Alster to the notorious Reeperbahn, and explores literary and artistic associations, including Heinrich Heine and the Beatles.
Nanga Parbat 1970
Tragedy and Controversy
In 1970 a German-Austrian-Italian climbing team reached the 8,042-metre summit of Nanga Parbat, one of the highest peaks of the Himalayas. But triumph soon turned to controversy when two members of the team, Reinhold Messner and his brother Günther, decided to descend via the opposite face – a climb that claimed Günther’s life. This investigation draws on diaries, interviews, private conversations and books by team members to shed light on the brothers’ decision and reveal the story behind the story.
Tuscany is both the cradle of the Renaissance and a region of breathtakingly beautiful and richly varied landscapes, from the mountains of the north to the bare clay hills of the Crete Senese to the south. The 150 captivating colour photographs in this book show its many facets: the architectural wonders of Florence, Siena and Pisa, the vineyards of Chianti, the long, cypress-lined roads, the rocky coast, and the peaceful farms nestling amid rolling hills.
Innercities Cultural Guides
Martin Garrett traces Oxford’s history from Anglo-Saxon ‘oxen-ford’ to the present, with chapters on its architecture, ‘town and gown’, and writers and religion; and goes beyond the city to surrounding places of interest including Blenheim Palace and White Horse Hill.
The Caribbean and the World
From the moment Columbus gazed on the land he mistook for India, the islands of the Caribbean have been the subject of daydreams and fantasy. This absorbing book, the result of ten years’ travel, strips away the myths to reveal the real Caribbean, a region that has produced some of the world’s most influential artists, activists, writers, musicians and sportsmen, as its people speak for themselves about their home and its place in the world.
Ship of Death
A Voyage That Changed the Atlantic World
In the 1790s, a small British ship, the Hankey, set sail on a mission to establish a colony free from slavery. Drawing on archives from several continents, this book tells the little-known story of how an altruistic project had disastrous consequences that changed the course of history: the ship brought yellow fever to the Americas, causing tens of thousands of deaths, assisting the revolution in Haiti and prompting Napoleon to sell the Louisiana Territory to the United States.
Reliving the Life of Sir Francis Chichester
Famous for making the first solo circumnavigation of the globe in Gipsy Moth IV, Francis Chichester only took up sailing in his fifties to exercise the navigational skills he had developed as a pilot before the war. This biography traces his life from his childhood and schooling, through the fortune he built in New Zealand, his pioneering aviation in the 1930s, and his battle with cancer from the late 1950s, to the historic ocean voyages that made his name in the 1960s.
Royal Cities of the Ancient Maya
From the 3rd to the 13th centuries, while Europe was deep in the Dark Ages, the Maya of Central America were creating astonishing buildings and sculptures, and charting the movements of the stars. This magnificent volume pairs an absorbing, authoritative history of their rise and fall, political intrigues and armed conflicts, with stunning photos of their surviving legacy, including the magnificent temples at Uxmal, Tikal, Palenque and Chichén Itzá, where their final flowering was extinguished by the Toltecs.
The Shipwreck Cannibals
Captain John Deane and the Boon Island Flesh Eating Scandal
In August 1710, the Nottingham Galley was wrecked off the New England coast. By ordering his crew to eat their dead shipmates, its captain ensured that ten of them survived. But was he a hero or a bloodthirsty cannibal?
Love and War on the Côte d'Azur
In 1925, Barry Dierks, a young American architect, and his lover Eric Sawyer bought land at Miramar on the Côte d’Azur and built Le Trident, their home and a spectacular showcase for Barry’s architecture. A year later, Somerset Maugham’s La Mauresque became the first of some 70 houses designed by Dierks for the Riviera’s rich and famous. This biography of Barry and Eric also tells of the glamorous inhabitants of the villas and the lifestyle of Jazz Age Côte d’Azur.
How to Be Danish
A Journey to the Cultural Heart of Denmark
Denmark is the country of the moment. We wear their sweaters, watch Borgen and The Bridge, and covet their cool modern design. But how much do we really know about the Danes? Part reportage, part travelogue, this graceful, humorous and affectionate introduction to Danish culture provides the low-down on politics, society, television, food, architecture, design – and the language, which even their Scandinavian neighbours find incomprehensible.
The Snow Tourist
A Search for the World's Purest, Deepest Snowfall
What is it about snow that leaves us spellbound? What draws us to play with it, sledge over it, and even risk our lives in it? In this finely woven blend of memoir, history and travelogue, self-confessed snow obsessive Charlie English wraps up warm and goes in search of the answers to these questions, from the Cairngorms to Vermont, from Chamonix to the Canadian Arctic.
Real and Imagined Journeys in the Himalayas
The Himalayas beckon…and we go. Following a meandering path across the mountains, Robert Twigger explores a landscape of pilgrimage and revelation, of massacre and invasion, and of unutterable calm. Unravelling real and invented journeys, and the unexpected links between them, he encounters incredible stories from a unique cast of mountaineers and mystics, pundits and prophets. The result is a sweeping, enthralling and surprising journey through the dramatic history of the world’s greatest mountain range.
The Biography of a City
Famed for its European-style architecture and rich cultural scene, Buenos Aires is often called ‘the Paris of the South’. This first-ever history of the city in English charts the Argentine capital’s development from a dusty outpost of the Spanish empire to the vibrant metropolis of today, with many entertaining asides about art, architecture, literature, food and popular culture.
In 2009, walking the Appalachian Trail, Robert Moor began to wonder about the paths beneath our feet. How do they form? Why do some improve over time, while others fade? What makes us follow, or strike out alone? Over the next seven years, Moor travelled the globe seeking answers to these questions, tracing human pathways from long-lost Cherokee trails to the internet. This wide-ranging and thought-provoking book explores 'how we make trails, and how trails make us'.
Banaras, also known as Varanasi, stands on the banks of the Ganges in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, it is also the holiest in the Hindu religion. In this stunning book, award-winning photographer Christopher Roche turns his lens towards its landscape, its street life, its temples, holy men and religious ceremonies, to capture the beauty, energy and vitality of this major historical and spiritual centre.
Travels with John Steinbeck
In 1960 John Steinbeck and his dog Charley set out in their green pickup truck, travelling from New York to New Orleans to ‘see how the country looks and smells and sounds’. Half a century on, Dutch journalist and historian Geert Mak and his wife travel from Steinbeck’s home, retracing his journey through glistening suburbs, Midwestern prairies and rust-belt towns to see how Main Street, USA has changed, and what has become of the American Dream.
The Naturalist on the River Amazons
Henry Walter Bates and Alfred Russell Wallace set out for the Amazon in 1848 in search of plants and animals that would solve the mystery of evolution. Wallace returned to England in 1852, losing his entire collection in a shipwreck, but Bates stayed on for seven years. First published in 1863, The Naturalist on the River Amazons not only catalogues his many discoveries, but vividly evokes the natural beauty of the river and rainforest.
The World's Most Exotic Railway Journeys
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.
Lionel Aggett's France
In this collection of more than 200 richly atmospheric pastel paintings, the artist Lionel Aggett journeys the length of France from Mont St-Michel to Provence via the Seine, the Loire and the Dordogne. Travelling at a leisurely pace through its towns and villages and along its inland waterways, he captures the glories of the French landscape in all seasons, taking in the waterfront at Honfleur, Monet's garden at Giverny, and sunset over St Tropez.
On the Trail of Old Traditions
There are more than 50 ethnic minorities in the People's Republic of China, most of them living in remote regions of the country. Photographer Alessandra Meniconzi has journeyed across China following the trail of traditional cultures and lifestyles from Yunnan's endless rice terraces in the deep south to the historic trading hubs in north-western Xinjiang. This magnificent collection of her colour photographs documents many traditional ways of life that could soon cease to exist.
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.
Culture on the Edge
The Tibetan way of life is changing fast, with new transport links and communications infrastructure bringing ever more tourists and technology. The environment itself is also in jeopardy as the region heats up and glaciers that feed important water sources flowing into China, India and Pakistan recede. This photographic portfolio presents studies of the striking people, landscapes and customs of Tibet with reference to how these modern threats are affecting the country's traditional devotional Buddhist culture.
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.
In the Footsteps of Abraham
The Holy Land in Hand-Painted Photographs
The birthplace of three great Abrahamic faiths, the Holy Land occupies a unique status in history. In the 1920s Arie Speelman, a Dutch Christian, commissioned the hand-colouring of 1,200 black-and-white slides of the area. This book explains their background and reproduces a magnificent selection of these images, which were bequeathed to Amsterdam's Jewish Historical Museum. They offer a rare glimpse of towns, villages and landscapes before the onset of modernization, as Jesus might have seen them.
Strolling Through Florence
The Definitive Walking Guide to the Renaissance City
Beginning with ‘Florence in a Day’, this guide to the great Renaissance city is arranged in ten walking tours, each with options to visit additional sites if energy permits. Mario Erasmo provides an introduction to the history of the city, and his commentary for each itinerary gives details of the significant works of art to be seen in the museums and galleries, as well as the sculptures, monuments and buildings along the route.
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.)
London: The Green Guide
The Green Guide
The first Michelin Green Guide was published in 1926 and devoted to Brittany; now they cover cities and regions from New York to South Korea, always packed full of information on local history, art, culture and sightseeing as well where to eat, sleep and shop. The guide to London covers the capital and nearby sites such as Hampton Court and Windsor Castle, and includes walking tours, street maps, plans, and details of all the major museums and galleries.
An Intimate Look at the Past and Present
Retracing the route of Mao's Long March, an international team of photographers compiled this spectacular volume revealing the monumental changes of the past 75 years, as villages have become cities, dirt tracks superhighways, and everywhere the buzz of industry and commerce fills the air. With a digital app to access additional audio-visual content on an iPad, this is a magnificent survey of China's landscapes and a tribute to the resilience of its peoples.
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 Northwest Passage Overland
The Epic Journey that Helped Create Canada
In 1862, at the height of the Canadian Gold Rush, Viscount William Milton and Dr Walter Cheadle set off across North America to find a route by which to transport the spoils back east. Author and Arctic explorer Ernest Coleman follows in the footsteps of these brave but ill-prepared amateurs, recounting their hair-raising adventures as they blazed a trail that would bring the railway to the Pacific and ensure that British Columbia became part of Canada and not the USA.