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Unquiet Vietnam: A Journey to a Vanishing World

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by Murphy, Kenneth
Kenneth Murphy's brother was one of the last US soldiers to be killed during the Vietnam. Travelling through Vietnam, he captures its ancient culture and what remains after French and US imperialism and the onslaught of the 21st century finance; and gradually falls in love with the country where his brother is burried.
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Climbing Everest: The Complete Writings of George Leigh Mallory

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by Mallory, George Leigh
In Climbing Everest, George Mallory (18 June 1886 - 8/9 June 1924), possibly the first man to summit Everest, takes us with him on his climbs in Britain and the Alps, culminating in his three expeditions to Mount Everest - the last of which cost him his life (a few days after the final piece in this book). Mallory was one of the first climbers to explore the emotional meaning of climbing, discarding the E...
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France, a Nation on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

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by Miller, Jonathan
The French are savvy, sophisticated, elegant - Right? Wrong! The French...* lecture the world about haute cuisine yet they eat more McDonald's hamburgers than anywhere else in the world* roll their eyes at foreign culture even as CSI is their most watched TV programme* pretend to be literary even as Fifty Shades of Gray is France's best-selling book, everIn 2000, Jonathan Miller moved to France. Soon he dis...
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The Code Breaker's Secret Diaries

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by Jean-Francois Champollion
As a child Jean-Francois Champollion had but one fervent wish - to travel to Egypt and solve the mystery of the ancient hieroglyphs. Finally, a brief lull in the Mediterranean war against the Ottoman Sultan offered his expedition a window of a few days in 1828 to disembark. Egypt proved a treacherous place, and not only because it was part of the Ottoman Empire. Champollion's secret diary entries vividly ch...
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Ciao Bella

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by Helena Frith Powell
At the age of eleven, Helena Frith Powell's mother gave her a letter after school. It was from her real father her mother told her, not the abusive and moody man Helena had always assumed was the one. This new father was glamorous, an Italian film maker, and he would like her to meet his family on a grand tour of Italy. The moving discovery of Italy and the many relatives Helena never knew she had is wittil...
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Lords of the Sea: The Triumph and Tragedy of Ancient Athens

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by Hale, John R.
'I cannot tune a harp or play a lyre, but I know how to make a small city great.' Themistocles After almost three thousand years, the brilliant achievements of ancient Athens - the philosophy of Plato, the birth of modern democracy, architecture and theatre - continue to tower over modern culture. Lords of the Sea seeks to write the first modern biography of this extraordinary ancient city from a dramatic ...
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Edible Stories

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by Mark kurlansky
Robert Eggle finds himself standing one day in a hole in the sidewalk, rain plastering his clothes to his body, with no memory of who he is, his former life as a food critic, how he got there, or where he should go next. Trying desperately not to be unknowing to people who seem to recognize him including his wife Margaret, he has to survive by holding on to what he tastes. He finds his preoccupations narrow...
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East Of Islington

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by Sam Taylor
Welcome to East of Islington. Stepping over the debris of the previous occupant, Sam Taylor has just moved into her first flat. Ignoring the dodgy postcode (this is so not Notting Hill), the real estate agent had trilled that this was an area with 'potential'. But as in 'East of Eden', many things go on that have little to do with paradise or passion. Except that the brooding undercurrents are delivered in ...
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No More France Please

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by Helena Frith Powell
With the summer beckoning, life in France seems the ultimate dream for all of us rosbifs. But behind the sun, the wine, and the beautifully honey-coloured houses what is the reality of actually living in France? Based on her own experiences, those of her friends and of the many readers who write in to her Sunday Times column French Mistress, Powell tells the story of the daily passions in La Douce France wa...
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The Folly of French Kissing

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by Carla McKay
After being innocently embroiled in a school scandal, teacher Judith Hay decides there is only one thing she can do and that is leave Britain. The small village of Vevey in the Languedoc near Montpellier seems the perfect answer. Life is cheap and the views are pretty. Vevey, however, may well be the French answer to St Mary's Mead - an abundance of vice and intrigue hides behind its pretty facades...Soon, ...
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