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In Xanadu - A Quest

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by William Dalrymple
When the Karakoram Highway reopened in 1986 it was again possible to use the mountain road linking Pakistan and China and so to complete an overland trip from Jerusalem to Xanadu for the first time in centuries. The fresh-faced William Dalrymple immediately took up the challenge of following in Marco Polo’s footsteps while still studying at Cambridge to reach Outer Mongolia’s Shangdu, the current name of th...
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The Age of Kali: Indian Travels and Encounters

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by William Dalrymple
In The Age of Kali, William Dalrymple travels around the Indian subcontinent, journeying to places that few travellers ever get to see and often he goes at great personal risk. The name of the book comes from the author’s belief that the region is falling into the most fearsome of all epochs, known as, “the Kali Yug”, a time of strife, corruption, darkness and disintegration.
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White Mughals

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by William Dalrymple
William Dalrymple’s fifth book, White Mughals, does not follow his usual technique of travelling and discovering and storytelling. Rather this work is a social history, an account of the much unknown warm relations that existed between the British and Indians in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
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City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi

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by William Dalrymple
Dalrymple’s second book was the result of a six year stay in Delhi. Here he removes the focus from his own experiences to instead attempt to uncover the various layers of both old and new Delhi. Continually digging deeper into the city’s history he examines the traumatic events of the Partition of India, the 1984 riots that followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the ancient Hindu origin of the city, M...
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My Kenya Days

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by Wilfred Thesiger
Following on from the author's autobiography, "The Life of My Choice", this book provides a record of Thesiger's 30 years in Kenya. Since his first visit to Kenya in 1960, Thesiger has made a series of long journeys on foot with camels to Lake Turkana, Marsabit and other remote areas. Drawn by the lure of what was formerly Kenya's Nothern Frontier District, with its varied wildlife and distinctive nomadic t...
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The Devil that Danced on the Water

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by Aminatta Forna
An intimate and moving portrait of a family combined with an account of the events which swept through Africa in the post-independence period. Aminatta Forna's intensely personal history is a passionate and vivid account of an African childhood - of an idyll that became a nightmare.
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This Was the Old Chief's Country - Collected African Stories, Volume I

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by Doris Lessing
This is a stunning new edition of the classic African story collection, by Nobel-Prize winner Doris Lessing. In this superb volume of African stories, Doris Lessing paints a magnificent portrait of the country in which she grew up. The cruelties of the white man towards the native, 'the amorphous black mass, like tadpoles, faceless, who existed merely to serve', the English settlers, ill at ease, the gamble...
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City of the Beasts

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by Isabel Allende
An ecological romance with a pulsing heart, equal parts Rider Haggard and Chico Buarque - one of the world's greatest and most beloved storytellers broadens her style and reach with a Amazonian adventure story that will appeal to all ages. Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold has the chance to take the trip of a lifetime. With his mother in hospital, too ill to look after him, Alex is sent out to his grandmother...
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Life At The Extremes

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by Frances Ashcroft
The debut of a female Steve Jones - likeable, literate, lucid and laconic. A sprightly, lavishly illustrated book on the science of human survival. How do people survive extremes of heat, cold, depth, speed and altitude? This book explores the limits of human survival and the physiological adaptations which enable us to exist under extreme conditions. In man's battle for survival in the harshest of environm...
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Danziger's Travels

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by Nick Danziger
After walking and hitch-hiking through southern Turkey and the ayatollah's Iran, Danziger entered Afghanistan illegally in the wake of a convoy of Chinese weapons and spent two months dodging Russian helicopter gunships with rebel guerillas. He was the first foreigner to cross from Pakistan into the closed western province of China since the revolution of 1949. Living and travelling with local people and pi...
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High Tide: News From A Warming World

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by Mark Lynas
The No Logo of climate change -- a book that shows how global warming is not a theory we should still debate, but something that has already happened on a global scale. Climate change is not a concern for the future. It's happening right now. In this book -- based on the latest scientific evidence -- the author takes us around the world to show the impact of global warming already being felt in people's li...
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The Sewing Circles of Herat - A Memoir of Afghanistan

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by Christina Lamb
A gold-inscribed invitation to a wedding in Pakistan led Christina Lamb to leave suburban England for Peshawar - a town perched on the frontier of the Afghan war - at the age of just 21. Captivated by the Afghans she met, for two years she tracked the final stages of the mujaheddin victory over the Soviets as Afghan friends smuggled her in and out of their country in a variety of guises - from burqa-clad wi...
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Trilobite: eyewitness to evolution

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by Fortey Richard
'In Richard Fortey's capable hands the humble grey trilobite has been transformed into the E.T. of the Lower Palaeozoic - a remarkable and fascinating book.' SIMON WINCHESTER Richard Fortey is one of Britain's leading popular scientists. Life: An Unauthorised Biography, was short-listed for the Rhone Poulenc prize and has been reprinted five times. In all he writes, Fortey displays extraordinary range, deli...
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Means of Escape

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by Fitzgerald Penelope
A collection of Penelope Fitzgerald's short stories. Penelope Fitzgerald was one of the most highly-regarded writers on the English literary scene. Apart from Iris Murdoch, no other writer has been shortlisted so many times for the Booker. Her last novel, 'The Blue Flower', was the book of its year, garnering extraordinary acclaim in Britain, America and Europe. This superb collection of stories, originally...
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Under My Skin

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by Doris Lessing
The first volume of the autobiography of Doris Lessing, author of 'The Grass is Singing' and 'The Golden Notebook', and Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2007. Winner of the James Tait Black Prize 1994. Doris Lessing's autobiography begins with her childhood in Africa and ends on her arrival in London in 1949 with the typescript of her first novel in her suitcase. It charts the evolution first of her...
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Life and Death in Shanghai

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by Nien Cheng
A first-hand account of China's cultural revolution. Nien Cheng, an anglophile and fluent English-speaker who worked for Shell in Shanghai under Mao, was put under house arrest by Red Guards in 1966 and subsequently jailed. All attempts to make her confess to the charges of being a British spy failed; all efforts to indoctrinate her were met by a steadfast and fearless refusal to accept the terms offered by...
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Life: an Unauthorised Biography

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by Fortey Richard
A magisterial exploration of the natural history of the first four thousand million years of life on and in the earth, by one of Britain's most dazzling science writers. What do any of us know about the history of our planet before the arrival of man? Most of us have a dim impression of a swirling mass of dust solidifying to form a volcanic globe, briefly populated by dinosaurs, then by woolly mammoths and ...
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The Danakil Diary: Journeys Through Abyssinia 1930-34

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by Wilfred Thesiger
The earliest and most influential expeditions of the man now considered to be the greatest living explorer. The Danakil Diary is the account of two journeys Thesiger made into the Danakil country in Abyssinia, now Ethiopia, in 1930-34 at the age of 24 - which, today, he still regards as the most dangerous he undertook. It was an extraordinary journey and a remarkable achievement. Thesiger succeeded in penet...
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My Life and Travels

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by Wilfred Thesiger
Revered as one of The Twentieth Century's great British explorers, William Thesiger's exploratory zeal was enduringly established in early childhood. Encompassing over fifty years of travel, Thesiger recorded in several
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The Oatmeal Ark

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by Rory MacLean
A haunting tale of loss and discovery, "The Oatmeal Ark" is the story of one remarkable family and a candid, beautifully rendered portrait of the country that defined it.
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