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The Outrun

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by Amy Liptrot
At the age of thirty, Amy Liptrot finds herself washed up back home on Orkney. Standing unstable on the island, she tries to come to terms with the addiction that has swallowed the last decade of her life. As she spends her mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, her days tracking Orkney's wildlife, and her nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy discovers how the wild can restore life ...
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Hunger

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by Knut Hamsun
Nineteenth-century Kristiania is an unforgiving place, and work is thin on the ground. Roaming the streets of Norway's capital, a penniless young writer searches for inspiration whilst trying desperately to make ends meet.
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A Field Guide To Getting Lost

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by Rebecca Solnit
A "Field Guide to Getting Lost" is an investigation into loss, losing and being lost. Taking in subjects as eclectic as memory and mapmaking, Hitchcock movies and Renaissance painting, Rebecca Solnit explores the challenges of living with uncertainty. Beautifully written, this book combines memoir, history and philosophy, shedding glittering new light on the way we live now.
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The High Mountains of Portugal

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by Yann Martel
Shortlisted for a 2016 Edward Standford Travel Writing Award. Lost in Portugal. Lost to grief. With nothing but a chimpanzee. A man thrown backwards by heartbreak goes in search of an artefact that could unsettle history. A woman carries her husband to a doctor in a suitcase. A Canadian senator begins a new life, in a new country, in the company of a chimp called Odo. From these stories of journeyin...
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White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World

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by Dyer, Geoff
Shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year at the Edward Stanfords Travel Writing Awards 2016. From one of Britain's most original writers, White Sands is a creative exploration of why we travel. Episodic, wide-ranging, funny and smart, the linked journeys recall the themes of Dyer's Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It - albeit with the wisdom of (middle) age. From a trip to ...
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If I Could Tell You Just One Thing...: Encounters with Remarkable People and Their Most Valuable Advice

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by Reed, Richard
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The Story Cure: An A-Z of Books to Keep Kids Happy, Healthy and Wise

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by Elderkin, Susan
From tantrums to tummy aches to teenage mood swings, there are times when a book is the best medicine of all. The Story Cure is a manual for grown-ups who believe that the stories which shape children's lives should not be left to chance. In these pages bibliotherapists Ella and Susan recommend the perfect children's book - from picture books to YA novels via the golden world of chapter books - for every h...
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Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed with Time

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by Simon Garfield
Not so long ago we timed our lives by the movement of the sun. These days our time arrives atomically and insistently, and our lives are propelled by the notion that we will never have enough of the one thing we crave the most. How have we come to be dominated by something so arbitrary?
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The Living Mountain: A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland

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by Shepherd, Nan
The Living Mountain is a lyrical testament in praise of the Cairngorms. It is a work deeply rooted in Nan Shepherd's knowledge of the natural world, and a poetic and philosophical meditation on our longing for high and holy places. Drawing on different perspectives of the mountain environment, Shepherd makes the familiar strange and the strange awe-inspiring. Her sensitivity and powers of observation put h...
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Life of Pi

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by Yann Martel
Life of Pi is the Man Booker prize winning novel by Yann Martel: one boy, one boat…and one tiger. After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat with survivors remains bobbing on the blue Pacific Ocean. The only survivors are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi (a Muslim-Christian-animist of Indian heritage), a hyena, a zebra with a broken leg, and a big Royal Bengal tiger.
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The Scottish Islands: The Bestselling Guide to Every Scottish Island

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by Haswell-Smith, Hamish
Fully revised and updated, this is the only book with detailed information and maps on every Scottish island. With the author's own paintings liberally illustrating it, this beautiful guide will take you everywhere, whether by armchair or yacht. From the abandoned crofts of Mingulay and the standing stones of Orkney to the white beaches of Colonsay and the spectacular Cuillins of Skye, this is the first com...
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On Cats

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by Bukowski, Charles
'A cat is only ITSELF, representative of the strong forces of life that won't let go' For Charles Bukowski there was something majestic and elemental about cats. He considered them to be sentient beings, whose searing gaze could penetrate deep into our being. Cats see into us; they are on to something. An illuminating portrait of one very special writer and a lifelong relationship with the animals he consi...
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Island People: The Caribbean and the World

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by Jelly-Schapiro, Joshua
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Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience

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by Usher, Shaun
Letters of Note is a collection of over one hundred of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters, based on the seismically popular website of the same name - an online museum of correspondence visited by over 70 million people. From Virginia Woolf's heart-breaking suicide letter, to Queen Elizabeth II's recipe for drop scones sent to President Eisenhower; from the first recorded use of th...
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The Bones of Grace

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by Anam, Tahmima
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The Missing of the Somme

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by Dyer, Geoff
The Missing of the Somme has become a classic meditation upon war and remembrance. It weaves a network of myth and memory, photos and films, poetry and sculptures, graveyards and ceremonies that illuminate our understanding of, and relationship to, the Great War.
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Country Driving

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by Peter Hessler
After living in China for five years, and learning the language, Peter Hessler decided to undertake an even more complicated endeavor: he acquired his Chinese driving licence. An eye-opening challenge, it enabled him to embark on an epic journey driving across this most enigmatic of countries. Over seven years, he travelled to places rarely explored by tourists, into the factories exporting their goods to t...
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The Fall of the Stone City

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by Kadare, Ismail
This is shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013. In September 1943, Nazi troops advance on the ancient gates of Gjirokaster, Albania. The very next day, the Germans vanish without a trace. As the townsfolk wonder if they might have dreamt the events of the previous night, rumours circulate of a childhood friendship between a local dignitary and the invading Nazi Colonel, a reunion in the ...
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A Tale for the Time Being

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by Ozeki Ruth
Within the pages of this book lies the diary of a girl called Nao. Riding the waves of a tsunami, it is making its way across the ocean. It will change the life of the person who finds it. It might just change yours, too.
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To the River

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by Laing Olivia
To the River is the story of the Ouse, the Sussex river in which Virginia Woolf drowned in 1941. One idyllic, midsummer week over sixty years later, Olivia Laing walked Woolf's river from source to sea. The result is a passionate investigation into how history resides in a landscape - and how ghosts never quite leave the places they love.
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