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A Dragon Apparent - Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

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by Norman Lewis
Travelling through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in the twilight of the French colonial regime, Norman Lewis witnesses these ancient civilisations as they were before the terrible devastation of the Vietnam War.
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The Honoured Society - The Sicilian Mafia Observed

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by Norman Lewis
The Honoured Society describes how the US army returned the Mafia to power in 1944, after Mussolini came close to destroying them. It looks at the Mafia in their homeland - how in attempting to preserve Sicily for the Sicilians in the face of countless invasions it infiltrated every aspect of the island's life, corrupting landowners, the police, the judiciary and even the church. In one chilling chapter Nor...
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Sultan in Oman

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by Jan Morris
Winner of the 2018 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award's Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing An affectionate and atmospheric portrait of Oman under Sultan Said, the present Sultan Qaboos's father, a country held in near medieval isolation.
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Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle

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by Dervla Murphy
As if being a ten year-old girl in 1940s Lismore, CountyWaterford with dreams of cycling to India wasn’t bold enough, actually executing the trip 21 years later as a lone woman on her bicycle in 1963 was beyond bold. This book gives a great insight into the political state of affairs in the 1960s and shows what an adventurous life can result from giving a ten-year-old child a bicycle and an atlas.
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Arabia: Through the Looking Glass

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by Raban, Jonathan
Into Jonathan Raban s familiar Earls Court neighbourhood after the 1970s oil boom came new visitors from the Arab world, dressed in floor-length robes and yashmaks. A people apart, little known, Raban wanted to get behind the myth and the rumour to discover the reality of their lives and world. His journey took him through Bahrain, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Yemen, Egypt and Jordan. What he discovered was a far cry...
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Hunting Mr Heartbreak: A Discovery of America

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by Raban, Jonathan
Following in the footsteps of countless emigrants, Jonathan Raban takes ship for New York from Liverpool, to explore how succeeding generations of newcomers have fared in America. He finds a country of massive contrasts, between the Street People and the Air People in New York, between small town and big city, between thrusting immigrants and down-at-heel native Americans.
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Where the Indus Is Young

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by Dervla Murphy
One winter, Dervla Murphy, the four-footed Hallam (the mule) and her six-year-old daughter Rachel explored 'Little Tibet' high up in the Karakoram Mountains in the frozen heart of the Western Himalayas - on the Pakistan side of the disputed border with Kashmir. For three months they travelled along the perilous Indus Gorge and into nearby valleys. Even when beset by crumbling tracks over bottomless chasms, ...
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Naples '44 - An Intelligence Officer in the Italian Labyrinth

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by Norman Lewis
Norman Lewis arrived in Naples in 1944 as an Intelligence Officer attached to the American 5th Army. The local populace were starving and desperate. They had devoured all the tropical fish in the aquarium, respectable women had been driven to prostitution and the black market was king, but still they retained an unquenchable zest for life.
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Morocco That Was

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by Walter Harris
Apart from Walter Harris, until 1912 no foreigner had access to Morocco, which was closed to foreigners; its mountainous interior unexplored. Harris lived in Morocco for 35 years and as correspondent for The Times he observed every aspect of its life. He describes the unfettered Sultanate in all its dark, melodramatic splendour.
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Lebanon - Through Writers' Eyes

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by T.J. Gorton
This book is a record of the people who visited Lebanon from between 1800 BC to the last summer; and of the Lebanese themselves, writing about their homeland, their religions, their joys, their wars and their sorrows. The passages have been selected and presented by Ted Gorton and Andree Feghali Gorton. Ted first came to Lebanon in 1967, to study Arabic at the American University of Beirut, AUB; there he me...
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My Early Life

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by Churchill, Sir Winston S.
Winston Churchill wrote this account of the first 25 years of his life in 1930. It reveals him struggling with Latin grammar at prep school, charging the Dervishes at Omdurman and preparing his first political speech for a Conservative fete.
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The Last Leopard

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by Gilmour, David
David Gilmour's biography of Giuseppe di Lampedusa unearths the life story of the creator of "The Leopard", one of the great novels of the twentieth century. A book whose imagery, once tasted, haunts the reader forever. "The Leopard" describes the golden era of the nineteenth-century Sicily in all its sensual, fading, aristocratic glory. But beneath the surface lurk Sicily's millenial contagions - corruptio...
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Libyan Sands

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by R A BAGNOLD
"Libyan Sands" is unmistakably the work of an Englishman, a modest, machine- and desert-loving young officer whose passionate amateur enthusiasm led to the exploration of the Egyptian western desert and the Libyan Sahara on the eve of the second world war.
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Travels With Myself and Another

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by Martha Gellhorn
Out of a lifetime of travelling, Martha Gellhorn has selected her "best horror journeys". She bumps through rain-sodden, war-torn China to meet Chiang Kai-Shek, floats listlessly in search of u-boats in the wartime Caribbean and visits a dissident writer in the Soviet Union against her better judgement.
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Golden Earth - Travels in Burma

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by Norman Lewis
Despite communist incursions and tribal insurrection, Norman Lewis describes a land of breath-taking natural beauty peopled by the gentle Burmese. This is a country where Buddhist beliefs spare even the rats, where the Director of Prisons quotes Chaucer and where three-day theatrical shows are staged to celebrate a monk taking orders.
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The Village in the Jungle

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by Leonard Woolf
This classic novel of colonial Ceylon (Sri Lanka), was first published in 1913 and is written by a prominent member of the Bloomsbury group, husband of Virginia Woolf. It reads as if Thomas Hardy had been born among the heat, scent, sensuality and pungent mystery of the tropics.
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Wheels Within Wheels

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by Dervla Murphy
In this beautifully written and searingly honest autobiography, the intrepid cyclist and traveler Dervla Murphy remembers her richly unconventional first thirty years. She describes her determined childhood self - strong-willed and beguiled by books from the first - her intermittent formal education and the intense relationship of an only child with her parents, particularly her invalid mother, whom she nur...
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Between River and Sea: Encounters in Israel and Palestine

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by Murphy Devrla
Following A Month by the Sea, her acclaimed exploration of life in Gaza, Dervla Murphy describes with passionate honesty the experience of living with and among Jewish Israelis and Palestinians in both Israel and Palestine. In cramped Haifa high-rises, in homes in the settlements and in a refugee camp on the West Bank, she talks with whomever she meets, trying to understand them and their attitudes with her...
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Not a Hazardous Sport: Misadventures of an Anthropologist in Indonesia

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by Barley, Nigel
Nigel Barley travels to the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia to live among the Torajan people, known for their spectacular buildings and elaborate ancestor cults. At last he is following his own advice to students, to do their anthropological fieldwork 'somewhere where the inhabitants are beautiful, friendly, where you would like the food and there are nice flowers'.
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In Sicily

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by Lewis, Norman
In Sicily is a loving take on an extraordinary island, based on Norman Lewis's sixty-yearlong fascination with all things Sicilian! Few places on earth have escaped the singular eye of Norman Lewis, but always, in the course of his long career, he has come back to Sicily. From his first wartime visit - to a land untouched since the Middle Ages - through his frequent returns, he has watched the island and it...
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