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An Armchair Traveller's History of the Silk Road

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by Clements, Jonathan
The Silk Road is not a place, but a journey - a route from the edges of the Mediterranean to the central plains of China, through high mountains and inhospitable deserts. For thousands of years its history has been a traveller's history, of brief encounters in desert towns, snowbound passes and nameless forts. It was the conduit that first brought Buddhism, Christianity and Islam into China, and the site of...
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Dickens: London into Kent

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by Clark, Peter
Few novelists have written so intimately about a city as Charles Dickens wrote about London. A near-photographic memory made his contact with the city indelible from a very young age and it remained his constant focus. In the first half of this book Peter Clark illuminates the settings of Dickens's London scenes as they feature in his writing. Outside London, Kent meant more to Dickens than any other part o...
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Tasting Italy

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by Alice Vollenweider
Since 1533, when Catherine de Medici was accompanied by numerous cooks when she travelled to France to marry King Henri I, Italian cuisine has been considered the mother of all European fine cooking. Alice Vollenweider wrote her doctoral thesis on the influence of Italian cooking as reflected in language and has written numerous essays on contemporary Italian literature. In this combined travelogue, cookboo...
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The Princes' Island

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by Joachim Sartorius
Off the coast of Istanbul, in the Marmara Sea, lie the Princes Islands, an archipelago of unusual natural beauty, which has long been considered the maritime suburb of the imperial capital on the Bosporus and effectively shaped by its manifold history. The poet Joachim Sartorius draws a loving portrait of the landscape and the light, the political observer Sartorius describes the microcosm, which was always...
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The Whales Know: Travels Along the Baja California Peninsula

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by Cacucci, Pina
Revisiting some of the locations seen by John Steinbeck, Pino Cacucci travels the length of Baja California--the world's longest peninsula. Along the way, he hears the story of a man still suffering from injuries sustained during his past life as a pirate, tales of buried treasure chests, and of the trials of Jesuit missionaries among the Indios. But it is the whales, with their extraordinary intelligence, ...
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Skidoo: A Journey Through the Ghost Towns of the American West

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by Capus, Alex
In the company of bank robbers and grave diggers, desperados and cunning Indians, brewers and failing inventors, Alex Capus visits the Wild West's ghost towns, where he descends into a disused silver mine and looks for traces left by the robbers who held-up stage coaches in Death Valley. Capus discovers stories that are a match for any Western: In Bodie the gravediggers used dynamite rather than shovels to ...
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A Journey into Russia

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by Jens Mühling
Shortlisted for the 2015 Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year. For the last ten years, journalist Jens Mühling has been traveling through Russia in search of stories that appear unbelievable: a hermit from the Taiga who only recently discovered there was a world beyond the woods; a mathematician who believes a thousand years of Russian history to be a fairy tale; a priest who ventures into the exclusi...
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Lady Chatterley's Villa: D.H. Lawrence on the Italian Riviera

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by Owen, Dr Richard
November 1925 found David and Frieda Lawrence on the Italian Riviera, looking for sun, sea air, and health. The Lawrences were exhilarated by life in their rented villa, set amid olive groves and vineyards, with a view of the sparkling Mediterranean. The drab English winter couldn't have been farther away. But before long Frieda found herself irresistibly attracted to their landlord, a dashing Italian army...
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