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    • Literary Fiction
      January 2012

      Best Paris Stories

      Anthology of the winners of the Paris Short Story Contest

      by Marie Houzelle

      For some, Paris is home, for others, merely a dream. By turns humorous, bittersweet, historical or surreal, each of these carefully selected stories invites us to explore a different facet of Paris. BEST PARIS STORIES brings together the winning short stories of the 2011 Paris Short Story Contest with works by Jeannine Alter, Bob Levy, Lisa Burkitt, Nafkote Tamirat, Marie Houzelle, Jo Nguyen, Julia Mary Lichtblau, Mary Byrne, Marie Houzelle, Jane M. Handel, and Jim Archibald. "Exciting new voices from the winners of the 2011 Paris Short Story Contest" - Paris Writers News

    • Travel & holiday

      British Television Location Guide

      by Steve Clark, Shoba Vazirani

      The British Television Location Guide reveals the actual settings of Britain's favourite television shows and tells readers how they can visit them. It is meticulously researched, right up to date and includes details of the real-life filming locations for all the top series including: Downton Abbey, Broadchurch, Call The Midwife, Midsomer Murders, Doc Martin, Endeavour, Doctor Who, Miss Marple, The Great British Bake-off, Foyle's War, Game of Thrones, The White Queen, Mr Selfridge and dozens more.

    • Music

      Postcards From a Rock and Roll Tour

      by Gordy Marshall

      Postcards From a Rock & Roll Tour is drummer Gordy Marshall's witty and wry take on life on the road touring with legendary rock band The Moody Blues. Part memoir, part travelogue, it's a candid, unexpected and often hilarious account of just what it's like to travel around the world playing to sell-out audiences, living out of a suitcase and spending days and days on a tour bus. If you thought being in a rock band was all sex, drugs and rock and roll, then think again. Postcards From a Rock & Roll Tour gives a rare insight into the reality of life as a travelling musician. Includes a foreword by the legendary Graeme Edge of The Moody Blues.

    • Travel & holiday
      June 2010

      Taxi Hand Signs

      by Susan Woolf

      There is a unique, beautiful and practical art book, travel companion and memento that tourists to South Africa and South Africans themselves can use and admire. It is the Taxi Hand Sign book, created and researched by fine artist Susan Woolf. In South Africa, if you want to catch a ride on a mini taxi bus, you have to know the correct hand sign to show passing taxis so that the driver can stop for you if he is going in that direction. Most people only know three or four signs, which are the routes they take every day. Before this book existed it was very hard to find out which signs went where; you'd have to ask a designated person at a major taxi rank - if you could find them. For the past ten years Susan Woolf has been researching and documenting the hand signals relating to taxi routes in South Africa. This 10cm by 10cm booklet (which you can slip into your back pocket) contains contains beautifully and playfully rendered taxi hand signs, with a Table of Contents in front that indicates routes and destinations and connects them to the appropriate hand sign. There is also an artfully concealed folding map at the back, which shows routes in Gauteng, Soweto and the Johannesburg CBD, in London Underground fashion. Never before have the hand signs been collated and connected to their routes and never before has there been a map that shows the actual taxi routes - not even the taxi associations have them. Susan also invented a series of symbols that, when combined in different ways and raised on paper, enable blind people to learn and use the signs themselves, as well as teach them to their sighted children. A book called "Taxi Hand Signs for the Blind" was printed in Braille with the symbols and launched in September 2009. 10 of these hand signs (blind and sighted) were chosen for the 2010 South African National Stamp. These were launched in January and were acknowledged all over the world during the 2010 soccer world cup.

    • Travel & holiday
      January 2014

      12 Day Trips from London

      A simple guide for those who want to see more than the capital

      by Maldon, Dee

      Aimed at visitors who want to see more than the capital – but don’t want to drive or vacate their hotel room. This little book provides information on using public transport to visit Cambridge, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as less well known places such as England’s smallest cathedral city, Ely, and Brighton, a vibrant university town that once offered royals freedom from protocol

    • Transport: general interest
      January 2017

      The Solo Travel Guide

      Just Do It

      by Dee Maldon

      Do you want to travel, but your friends or family don’t? So why wait? Travelling alone is better than never travelling at all. In the Solo Travel Guide: Just do it we give you suggestions on how to plan, how to cope when you are at your destination alone, how to stay safe and even some suggestions on where to go – good destinations for the solo traveller, places with wonderful things to see but where you will not stand out from the crowd. We also offer inspiration – snippets from those women who set off centuries ago without a guide book, a mobile phone and very little advice. Also available in paperback

    • Transport: general interest
      February 2017

      Greetings from

      by Campbell Jefferys

      This collection of travel stories has been gathered over twenty years of travel and writing. They cover many places and themes, but all circle around the idea of being a stranger in a strange land. As a sample, the stories involve playing street basketball in New York, going underground in Berlin, pushing a boat in Indonesia, chasing ghosts in Vienna, and going back in time on Lanzarote.

    • Transport: general interest
      March 2018

      Langenscheidt Interactive Phrasebook French

      by Langenscheidt editorial staff

      Experience the adventure that is everyday life with the interactive phrase books: by observing, capturing impressions, listening and talking to people. This is complemented by the right vocabulary and typical sentences you encounter while travelling. We have also included some fun suggestions for the brave, half-brave and not very brave. Discover your travel destination off the beaten tourist tracks: Suggestions for listening, observing and experiencing everyday life An overview of the most important sentences for each travel topic Chatting to people: with nice phrases to make small talk with the locals Individual tasks, clearly presented on double pages With a “bravery scale” from 1 to 3 stars and “level of bravery” for each task Design your own interactive phrase book: lots of space for taking notes, drawings, tracing and pasting Includes pocket for your travel trophies such as tickets etc. with rubber band for closing The interactive phrase book introduces you to language and country in a creative way. It provides tasks (=suggestions) for discovering everyday life and noting down your observations in the book, as well as for listening and communicating with the locals.

    • Transport: general interest
      September 2016

      Truck Nuts

      The Fast Lane Truck's Guide to Pickups

      by Kent Sundling, Andre Smirnov, Roman Mica, Nathan Adlen

      #1 Amazon Bestseller! Truck Nuts! Truck Nuts! Truck Nuts! We're dedicated to helping find the best truck for you: So, truck nuts ─ your truck is your career, your office, your passion, your attitude. What is the best truck for you? Kent "Mr. Truck" Sundling from MrTruck.com and Andre Smirnov from The Fast Lane Trucks will explore that question and more in their book, Truck Nuts. Learn about: small trucks and the best small truck big trucks diesel trucks family trucks and vans pickup trucks and the best pickup truck and much more All Trucks All The Time! Truck Nuts, the debut book by Kent "Mr. Truck" Sundling and Andre Smirnov, takes on the challenge of breaking down all the ins and outs of trucks: How to match your truck to your trailer Top 3 MPG trucks Used truck judging Gas or diesel engine? Understanding truck and trailer tires Truck safety Going off the beaten path The future of pickup trucks Oil change myths We are nuts about trucks and we want to take you on a journey through "Truck Nuts", the book. Please join us.

    • Transport: general interest
      March 2018

      Eating Across America

      A Foodie's Guide to Food Trucks, Street Food and the Best Dish in Each State

      by Daymon Patterson

      Eating Across America is a taste bud party of the countrys best food trucks, street foods and cheap eats. Sometimes messy, but always made with love, eating out at local trucks and hole in the walls has become a movement. Daymon Patterson, better known as Daymn Drops on YouTube and as the food correspondent on the award-winning Rachel Ray Show, details the definitive road map to truly tasting Americana. Daymon initially gained popularity on YouTube for his video review of a Five Guys takeout meal, which spawned into a viral sensation. Since then, Patterson's taste for quick and delicious meals has continued to grow, resulting in the mega successful digital series: pickup truck food reviews. Prior to joining Rachel Ray, he hosted Best Daym Fast Takeout, on the Travel Channel, detailing the best spots for quick bite. With recent works featured on The Jimmy Fallon show, Daymon’s culinary journey continues to grow. Eating Across America is the perfect book for the travel foodie in all of us.

    • Travel & holiday
      January 2016

      HIMALAYA

      ADVENTURES, MEDITATIONS, LIFE

      by Ruskin Bond and Namita Gokhale

      For some, the Himalaya is a frontier against which to test themselves. Others find refuge and tranquility in the mountains, a place where they can seek their selves, perhaps even God. And over millennia, the mountains have cradled civilization itself and nurtured teeming, irrepressible life. With over fifty essays, this comprehensive volume brings together a dazzling range of voices—among others, Fa- Hien, Pundit Nain Singh, Heinrich Harrer, Fanny Parkes, Dharamvir Bharati, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Rahul Sankrityayan, Amitav Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru, Frank Smythe, Paul Brunton, Edmund Hillary, Mark Twain, Sarat Chandra Das, Dom Moraes, Manjushree Thapa—and the two editors themselves—in an unparalleled panorama. Here you will find stories of great ascents and descents; the madness of war on the ‘world’s highest battlefield’; tales of exploratory derring-do; and a mutiny up on a mountain. A seeker has an intense spiritual experience on Mount Kailas, another among shamans on a mountaintop in Nepal; and, looking for the snow leopard in Ladakh, an author finds himself. A resident of a Sherpa village writes a heartfelt account of the aftermath of an avalanche which killed porters and climbers on Everest; and residents of Langtang record an oral history of the earthquake which wiped out their village. A matriarch describes her life and family in Almora of a bygone time; a prisoner in Dehra Dun jail draws solace from visits by birds and small animals; and the fragrance of lime makes a traveller’s night in a remote Garhwal village memorable for all time.

    • Travel & holiday
      January 2017

      No Path in Darjeeling Is Straight

      Memories of a Hill Town

      by Parimal Bhattacharya

      For a few years in the early 1990sÑat a time when the embers of a violent agitation for Gorkhaland were slowly dying downÑParimal Bhattacharya taught at the Government College in Darjeeling. No Path in Darjeeling Is Straight is a memory of his time in the iconic town, and one of the finest works of Indian non-fiction in recent years. Parimal evocatively describes his arrival, through drizzle and impenetrable fog, at a place that was at odds with the grand picture of it he had painted for himself. And his first night there was spent sleepless in a ramshackle hotel above a butcher shop. Yet, as he tramped its roads and winding footpaths, Darjeeling grew on him. He sought out its history: a land of incomparable beauty originally inhabited by the Lepchas and other tribes; the British who took it for themselves in the mid-1800s so they could remember home; the Darjeeling Himalayan RailwayÑonce a vital artery, now a quaint toy trainÑbuilt in 1881; and the vast tea gardens with which the British replaced verdant forests to produce the fabled Orange Pekoe. In the enmeshed lives of his neighboursÑof various castes, tribes, religions and culturesÑlived at the measured pace of a small town, Parimal discovered a richly cosmopolitan society which endured even under threat from cynical politics and haphazard urbanization. He also found new friends: Benson, a colleague whose death from AIDS showed him the dark underbelly of the hill station; Pratap and Newton, whose homes and lives reflected the irreconcilable pulls of tradition and upward mobility; and Julia and Hemant, with whom he trekked the forests of the Singalila mountains in search of a vanished Lepcha village and a salamander long thought extinct. With empathy, and in shimmering prose, No Path in Darjeeling Is Straight effortlessly merges travel, history, literature, memory, politics, and the pleasures of ennui into an unforgettable portrait of a place and its people.

    • Travel & holiday
      January 2017

      Is That Even a Country, Sir!

      Journeys in Northeast India by Train, Bus and Tractor

      by Anil Yadav (Translated from the Hindi by Anurag Basnet)

      The story of India's most neglected region told by the narrative voice of a poor, petulant reporterÉ Stripped of the exotic, the Northeast in [this book] appears bare, burnt and betrayedÉ' ÑScroll.in When violence broke out before elections in Assam in 2000, in which Hindi-speakers from North India were massacred, two out-of-work journalists, Anil Yadav and Anhes Shashwat, decided to go there, braving violence and uncertainty, with the hope that their despatches would make them famous. At that time, they had very little knowledge about Northeast India and no strategy for their trip; they had few contacts, and very little money. On 29 November 2000, the pair embarked on what became an epic journey in which they crisscrossed Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Manipur, staying in rundown hotels and guesthouses, and in the homes of friends and strangers. They travelled by local buses through ambushes, they were forced to walk halfway down the highway from Shillong to Guwahati and, on one memorable occasion on the road to Sibsagar, Anil shared a tractor with a herd of goats. They encountered, among others, a boatman on the Brahmaputra who clearly explained to them the politics behind the massacres of Hindi-speakers; former members of the ULFA who told them why they had surrendered; a former general of Zapu Phizo's separatist army in Kohima who described to them his gruelling march through virgin forest to China; a murderous raid in Shillong which gave them a glimpse of the insider-versus-outsider equation in Meghalaya; a Manipuri sculptor with whom Anil travelled to Tripura, and who had to be rescued from the Army; and a barber who told them why an elephant was butchered by a mob in Dimapur. Written with rare power and candour, Is That Even a Country, Sir! weaves history, politics, myth and gritty ground-zero reportage into an unprecedented and unforgettable portrait of Northeast India.

    • Travel & holiday
      January 2017

      Journey to Lhasa

      The Diary of a Spy

      by Sarat Chandra Das (With an Introduction by Parimal Bhattacharya)

      In 1874, the brilliant civil engineer Sarat Chandra Das was recruited by the British as a spy in Darjeeling. The Empire wanted to train local agents to gather in-depth intelligence about TibetÑa mysterious kingdom closed off to all outsiders for yearsÑin order to consolidate their position in South Asia and outplay Russia in the Great Game. Equipped with hidden compasses, hundred-bead rosaries (to discreetly measure distances), and an excellent knowledge of Buddhism and the local language, Das set out into the harsh early winter of 1881, through the snow-filled passes of Sikkim and Nepal on his second foray into Tibet. Though an agent of its enemy, Das fell in love with the land of his mission. He stayed at the Tashilhunpo monastery for five months transcribing ancient Buddhist texts, studying the language and teaching English to the Panchen Lama. In his diary, he noted the various customs of dress, cuisine, architecture and the local politics throughout his journey. He also wrote about ordinary village life as he saw itÑthe extortion of the common people by the Chinese, and the ravages of smallpox in places with little or no medical help. When he finally reached Lhasa, he was struck by the grandeur of the city's ancient shrines and the monasteries dotting its mountains. He even managed an audience with the thirteenth Dalai Lama, then an eight-year-old boy with 'rosy cheeks'. Journey to Lhasa is the account of a treacherous yet illuminating adventure, which paints an intimate portrait of a people and a place that today exist only in memory.

    • Travel & holiday
      January 2015

      In a Land Far From Home (Deshe Bideshe)

      by Syed Mujtaba Ali (translated by Nazes Afroz)

      An intrepid traveller and a true cosmopolitan, the legendary Bengali writer Syed Mujtaba Ali from Sylhet (in erstwhile East Bengal, now Bangladesh) spent a year and a half teaching in Kabul from 1927 to 1929. Drawing on this experience, he later wrote Deshe Bideshe which was published in 1948. Ali's young mind was curious to explore the Afghan society of the time and, with his impressive language skills, he had access to a cross-section of Kabul's population, whose ideas and experiences he chronicles with a keen eye and a wicked sense of humour. His account provides a fascinating first-hand insight into events at a critical point in Afghanistan's history, when the reformist King Amanullah tried to steer his country towards modernity by encouraging education for girls and giving them the choice of removing the burqa. Branded a 'kafir', Amanullah was overthrown by the bandit leader Bacha-e-Saqao. Deshe Bideshe is the only published eyewitness account of that tumultuous period by a non-Afghan, brought to life by the contact that Ali enjoyed with a colourful cast of characters at all levels of societyÑfrom the garrulous Pathan Dost Muhammed and the gentle Russian giant Bolshov, to his servant, Abdur Rahman and his partner in tennis, the Crown Prince Enayatullah.

    • Travel & holiday
      January 2016

      Loitering with Intent

      Diary of a Happy Traveller

      by Ritu Menon

      Where we go is usually decided spontaneously; one of us might say, 'Let's do a wine trip in France;' or 'We should go to Angkor before it's overrun by tourists'É The main thing isÑwe all love travelling, we all love food, and all of us enjoy each other's company. Ritu Menon, publisher by profession and traveller by vocation, says she never travels alone when she travels for pleasure. So it is in the company of friends and family that she takes us on journeys across the world: wine-tasting in France; discovering the serenity of the Buddha in Bagan in Myanmar; roaming the leafy green streets of Zamalek in Egypt; tasting cream teas and cakes in Betty's Tearoom in York, and many other delightful experiences. Along the way she manages to catch a glimpse of the people and politics that animate each of her travels: Egypt after the January 2011 overthrow of Hosni Mubarak; Syria before the IS; the continuing heartbreak of Palestine; Turkey in transition; and Myanmar on the cusp of change. Accompanied by sketches that bring alive the magic of those moments, this is a book that armchair travellers will savour, and one that will enthuse the more energetic to pack their bags and live the experience themselves.

    • The Arts
      December 2017

      High culture and tall chimneys

      Art institutions and urban society in Lancashire, 1780–1914

      by James Moore

      This new study examines how nineteenth-century industrial Lancashire became a leading national and international art centre. By the end of the century almost every major town possessed an art gallery, while Lancashire art schools and artists were recognised at home and abroad. The book documents the remarkable rise of visual art across the county, along with the rise of the commercial and professional classes who supported it. It examines how Lancashire looked to great civilisations of the past for inspiration while also embracing new industrial technologies and distinctively modern art movements. This volume will be essential reading for all those with an interest in the new industrial society of the nineteenth century, from art lovers and collectors to urban and social historians.

    • The Arts
      December 2017

      High culture and tall chimneys

      Art institutions and urban society in Lancashire, 1780–1914

      by James Moore

      This new study examines how nineteenth-century industrial Lancashire became a leading national and international art centre. By the end of the century almost every major town possessed an art gallery, while Lancashire art schools and artists were recognised at home and abroad. The book documents the remarkable rise of visual art across the county, along with the rise of the commercial and professional classes who supported it. It examines how Lancashire looked to great civilisations of the past for inspiration while also embracing new industrial technologies and distinctively modern art movements. This volume will be essential reading for all those with an interest in the new industrial society of the nineteenth century, from art lovers and collectors to urban and social historians.

    • The Arts
      December 2017

      High culture and tall chimneys

      Art institutions and urban society in Lancashire, 1780–1914

      by James Moore

      This new study examines how nineteenth-century industrial Lancashire became a leading national and international art centre. By the end of the century almost every major town possessed an art gallery, while Lancashire art schools and artists were recognised at home and abroad. The book documents the remarkable rise of visual art across the county, along with the rise of the commercial and professional classes who supported it. It examines how Lancashire looked to great civilisations of the past for inspiration while also embracing new industrial technologies and distinctively modern art movements. This volume will be essential reading for all those with an interest in the new industrial society of the nineteenth century, from art lovers and collectors to urban and social historians.

    • Science & Mathematics
      October 2017

      Extending ecocriticism

      Crisis, collaboration and challenges in the environmental humanities

      by Peter Barry, William Welstead

      This volume of essays explores the scope for a further extension of ecocriticism across the environmental humanities. Contributors, who include both established academics and early career researchers in the humanities, were given free rein to interpret the brief. The collection is unusual in that it considers collaboration between individuals both in the same discipline and across creative disciplines. Subjects include familiar environments close to home and those such as Iceland and Antarctica, where narratives of climate, geology and ecology provide a stark backdrop to creative output. A further innovation is the inclusion of essays on public art, natural heritage interpretation and the visualisation and aesthetic impact of wind farms. The book will be of interest to writers, artists, students and researchers in the environmental humanities and those with a general interest in the cultural response to the environment.

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