Jill Dudley - 4 Books
In these lively accounts of journeys with her more reluctant husband, agnostic Jill Dudley seeks ‘answers to impossibly difficult questions’ through encounters with the sites, people, festivals and beliefs associated with different religious traditions, both ancient and modern. The four titles included in this set are: Lap of the Gods (Read more...) Holy Smoke! (Read more...) Gods in Britain (Read more...) Ye Gods! (Read more...)
60 Stories of Places Where Time has Stopped
Machu Picchu, lost for four centuries after the Spanish conquest of the Inca empire; Bodie, a ’49ers mining town, abandoned when the gold ran out; Nara Dreamland in Japan, an amusement park that couldn’t compete with Disneyland... These are among the 60 places described and photographed by Richard Happer. They range from single buildings to entire islands (St Kilda and Easter Island), each location abandoned after falling foul of economic downturn, technological progress, politics, natural disaster or war.
A Traveller's Reader
Venice has inspired writers since the sixth century, when Cassiodorus described the lagoon-dwellers as living ‘like sea-birds in huts’. Selected by John Julius Norwich, this anthology includes the impressions of both inhabitants and visitors over the centuries. In letters, diaries, travelogues and verse, Byron, Casanova, Goethe, Wagner, Dickens, Ruskin, Henry James, Jan Morris and others reflect on the island city’s architecture, its atmosphere, music, ceremonies and people.
Journey of The Magi
Travels in Search of the Birth of Jesus
Who were the Magi and why did they travel so far to worship the infant Christ? Did Marco Polo really see their tomb in a ‘castle of fire-worshippers’? Combining theology and travel writing, Roberts describes the vicissitudes of his own journey across the Middle East as he retraces the wise men’s route, from Iran through Iraq, Syria and Jordan, and uncovers the different ancient traditions about the Magi and the Nativity story.
The Places In Between
In 2002, shortly after the fall of the Taliban, Rory Stewart walked 300 miles through the remote highlands of Afghanistan. His account describes the landscape, society and his encounters with opium growers and mujahedin fighters. An afterword to this new edition reflects how more than a decade of foreign engagement has failed through a fundamental misunderstanding of the country’s traditions.
The Holy Mountain
An Anzac veteran, Sydney Loch (1888–1955) and his wife Joyce settled in Thessalonika, in the last village where women were allowed before the wall of the male-only Athos peninsula. Drawing on 25 years of living there and exploring the Holy Mountain, this is Loch’s account of the autonomous region inhabited only by Orthodox monks, living in monasteries on the flanks of the mountain and keeping Byzantine time, in which the day begins at sunset. First published in 1957. Small print
Emerson was an unknown schoolteacher of 30 when he first visited England in 1833, but managed to secure introductions to Wordsworth, Coleridge and Carlyle, who became a lifelong friend. When he returned in 1847, he was a celebrated writer. These two visits form the basis of English Traits, a witty, affectionate portrait of a culture he admired profoundly but from which, as an American, he knew he must break free.
Stanfords travel Classics
The Stanfords Travel Classics series reprints the finest historical travel writing, including this trio of remarkable books: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879); Edith Wharton’s In Morrocco (1920), an account of her journey from Rabat, via Fez to Marrakech at the end of the First World War; and Sailing Alone around the World (1900), in which Joshua Slocum tells the story of his 1895 circumnavigation in a 100-year-old rebuilt sloop.
The Innocents Abroad
In 1867 Mark Twain joined a group of American tourists sailing aboard the steamship Quaker City to Europe and the Holy Land. Offering ‘no apologies for any departures from the usual style of travel-writing’, Twain produced a merciless satire on contemporary travel guides: a day-by-day, hugely entertaining account of his fellow ‘pilgrims’ and their ‘pleasure trip’, describing incidents such as a communal fumigation in Italy as well as the scenery and sights.
Rome on the Euphrates
The Story of a Frontier
The Euphrates, a vital ancient trade route, formed the eastern limit of the Roman Empire. The river is the focus of this detailed historical account by the doyenne of Middle East travel writers, which covers eight centuries of Rome’s involvement in the region. Writing during the Cold War, Stark emphasizes the futility of such arbitrary boundaries and shows how trading communities gain mutually from traffic and lose through war.
The American novelist Henry James settled in England in 1876, and towards the end of his life collected the travel pieces he had written about his adopted country in this book. They range from his first impressions of the ‘dreadful, delightful city’ of London, to the sleepy Sussex town of Rye, where he spent his final years. With an introduction by Colm Tóibín.
Lifting the Veil
Two Centuries of Travellers, Traders and Tourists in Egypt
The first European explorers of the Nile were followed by an eclectic crowd of tourists, soldiers, archaeologists and fortune-seekers. This account tells their stories in the context of the political history of the country, following visitors including Nelson, Florence Nightingale, Flaubert, EM Forster and Noël Coward as they scramble up pyramids or party at Shepheard’s Hotel in the years between 1768 and 1956, when the last British soldier left Egypt.
The Natural Heritage of the World
The Most Beautiful National Parks, Protected Areas and Biosphere Reserves on Earth
The world’s wild places offer a refuge for endangered species, an information bank for scientists, and a priceless gift to the human spirit. Illustrated with colour photographs, this book explores all 229 areas of natural beauty on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites, from Lapland’s Arctic wastes to the Amazon rainforests, from the Great Barrier Reef to the reserves of East Africa, and from the primeval beech forests of the Carpathians to the natural parks of North America.
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 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.
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.
Sailing by Starlight
In Search of Treasure Island
Alex Capus traces Robert Louis Stevenson's last years, focusing on his seemingly inexplicable decision to settle on Samoa. He concludes that Stevenson had discovered a real-life ‘Treasure Island’ nearby – and that it was this discovery that inspired his most famous work. Literary Traveller series.