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The Waiting Land - A Spell in Nepal

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by Dervla Murphy
In "The Waiting Land" (first published in 1967) Dervla Murphy affectionately portrays the people of Nepal's different tribes, the customs of an ancient, complex civilization and the country's natural grandeur and beauty. This is the third of Dervla Murphy's early travel books: an exploration of Nepal by a feisty, generous-hearted young Irish woman. Yet it can also be seen as the completion of a trilogy of b...
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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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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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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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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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Galapagos - Through Writers' Eyes

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by John Hickman
Galapagos: The Enchanted Island through Writers’ Eyes is a compilation of human stories and tales from the island that gave birth to Darwin’s theory of evolution. Chapters include tales of pirates and buccaneers, real life Robinson Crusoes and Swiss Family Robinsons, the schemes of Spanish Kings, Inca Emperors and American filibusters, as well as snippets from the visits and works of writers and exiles such...
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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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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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The Trouble I've Seen

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by Martha Gellhorn
Martha was the youngest of sixteen, handpicked reporters who filed accurate, confidential reports on the human stories behind the statistics of the Depression directly to Roosevelt's White House. From these pages, we understand the real cost of sudden destitution on a vast scale. We taste the dust in the mouth, smell the disease and feel the hopelessness and the despair. And here, too, we can hear the earli...
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Travels into Bokhara

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by Burnes Alexander
Alexander Burnes travelled up the Indus to Lahore and to the Khanates of Afghanistan and Central Asia in the 1830s, spying on behalf of the British Government in what was to become known as the 'Great Game'. His account of these travels was a bestseller in its day and this brand new edition brings the heady sense of excitement, risk and zeal bursting from the pages.
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A Reed Shaken by the Wind

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by Gavin Maxwell
The Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq were one of the most isolated communities in the world. Few outsiders, let alone Europeans, had been permitted to travel through their homeland, a mass of tiny islands lost in a wilderness of reeds and swamps in southern Iraq. One of the few trusted outsiders was the legendary explorer, Wilfred Thesiger, who was Gavin Maxwell's guide to the intricate landscape, tribal custom...
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Portrait of A Turkish Family

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by Irfan Orga
Portrait of a Turkish Family is a masterpiece of memoir writing. Irfan Orga was born into a prosperous family in the twilight of the Ottoman Empire. His mother was a beauty, married at thirteen, who lived in the seclusion of a harem, as befitted a Turkish woman of her class. His grandmother was an eccentric autocrat, determined at all costs to maintain her traditional habits.
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Begums, Thugs & White Mughals

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by Fanny Parkes
Fanny Parkes, who lived in India between 1822 and 1846, was the ideal travel writer - courageous, indefatigably curious and determinedly independent. Her delightful journal traces her journey from prim memsahib, married to a minor civil servant of the Raj, to eccentric, sitar-playing Indophile, fluent in Urdu, critical of British rule and passionate in her appreciation of Indian culture.
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On Persephone's Island: A Sicilian Journal

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by Simeti, Mary Taylore
This is a year of Sicilian life, its seasons and its sacred festivals, its gorgeous fruits and demanding family life, its casual assassinations and village feasts, its weather and the neighbours. It chronicles a life divided between an apartment in the city of Palermo with the weekends and summer devoted to sustaining life in an old family farm. What makes this journal truly exceptional is that Mary Simeti ...
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Stamboul Sketches: Encounters in Old Istanbul

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by Freely, John
Throughout the 1960's John Freely and Hilary Sumner-Boyd explored every alley, cove and monument of their adopted home of Istanbul in between their teaching jobs. They created a legendary guidebook, covering 1,500 years of Byzantine and Ottoman architecture, to a city that was still innocent of tourists. But the passages that were too personal, too capricious, too idiosyncratic, too indulgent of eccentric p...
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Highlands & Islands

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by Miers, Mary
There are few landscapes in the western world more bewitching than the mountain glens of the Scottish Highlands and the scattered islands of the Hebrides. From its bleak mountains to its flower-filled meadows, from savage sea-cliffs to pure white beaches, it has inspired an equally varied oral heritage. There are the works of gentle scholar saints, epic tales of murderous clan rivalry, Norse legends of mons...
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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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The Living Goddess: A Journey into the Heart of Kathmandu

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by Tree, Isabella
In a small medieval palace on Kathmandu's Durbar Square lives Nepal's famous Living Goddess - a child as young as three who is chosen from a caste of Buddhist goldsmiths to watch over the country and protect its people. To Nepalis she is the embodiment of Devi (the universal goddess) and for centuries their Hindu kings have sought her blessing to legitimize their rule. Legends swirl about her, for the facts...
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In Sicily

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by Lewis, Norman
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A Ride to Khiva: An Adventure in Central Asia

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by Burnaby, Fred
In the winter of 1875, a young British officer set out across central Asia on an unofficial mission to investigate the latest Russian moves in the Great Game. His goal was the mysterious Central Asian city of Khiva, closed to all European travellers by the Russians following their seizure of it two years earlier. His aim was to discover whether this remote and dangerous oasis could be used as a springboard ...
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