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Pompeii: An Archaeological Guide

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by Wilkinson, Paul
The resonant ruins of Pompeii are perhaps the most direct route back to the living, breathing world of the ancient Romans. Two million visitors annually now walk the paved streets which re-emerged, miraculously preserved, from their layers of volcanic ash. Yet for all the fame and unique importance of the site, there is a surprising lack of a handy archaeological guide in English to reveal and explain its p...
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The Land Beyond: A Thousand Miles on Foot Through the Heart of the Middle East

by McCarron, Leon
Shortlisted for a 2018 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award. There are many reasons why it might seem unwise to walk, mostly alone, through the Middle East. That, in part, is exactly why Leon McCarron did it. From Jerusalem, McCarron followed a series of wild hiking trails that trace ancient trading and pilgrimage routes and traverse some of the most contested landscapes in the world....
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A Short History of the Mongols

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by Lane, George
The Mongol Empire was the mightiest land empire the world has ever seen. At its height it was twice the size of its Roman equivalent. For a remarkable century and a half it commanded a population of 100 million people, while the rule of Chinggis (Genghis) Khan marched undefeated from the Pacific Ocean to the Caspian Sea. George Lane argues that the Mongols were not only subjugators who swept all before them...
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Persian Pictures: From the Mountains to the Sea

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by Bell, Gertrude
"Are we the same, I wonder, when all our surroundings, association, acquaintances are changed? I conclude that it is not the person who danced with you at Mansfield St who writes to you today from Persia. Yet there are dregs, English sediment at the bottom of my sherbet, and perhaps they flavour it more than I think. I write to you of Persia: I am not me, that is my only excuse. I am only I am merely pourin...
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Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands

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by Sakwa, Richard
The unfolding crisis in Ukraine has brought the world to the brink of a new Cold War. As Russia and Ukraine tussle for Crimea and the eastern regions, relations between Putin and the West have reached an all-time low. How did we get here? Richard Sakwa here unpicks the story of Russo-Ukrainian relations and traces the path to the recent disturbances through the events which have forced Ukraine, a country in...
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Land of the Turquoise Mountains: Journeys Across Iran

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by Massoudi, Cyrus
For Cyrus Massoudi, a young British-born Iranian, the country his parents were forced to flee thirty years ago was a place wholly unknown to him. Wanting to make sense of his roots and piece together the divided, divisive and deeply contradictory puzzle that is contemporary Iran, he embarked on a series of journeys that spanned hundreds of miles and thousands of years. Rich portrayals of Sufis and ageing ar...
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In the Shadow of Vesuvius - A Cultural History of Naples

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by Jordan Lancaster
In the Shadow of Vesuvius is a cultural history of Naples by Jordan Lancaster that offers a sparkling portrait of the city for those interested in looking behind the scenes and beneath the surface.
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Perseus in The Wind: A Life of Travel

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by Stark Freya
Written just after the Second World War, "Perseus in the Wind" (named after the constellation) is perhaps the most personal, and haunting, of all Freya Stark's writings. She muses on the seasons; the effect light has on a landscape at a particular time of day; the smell of the earth after rain; Muslim saints, Indian temples, war and old age. Each chapter is devoted to a particular theme: Happiness (simple p...
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CEO, China: The Rise of Xi Jinping

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by Brown, Kerry
China has become the powerhouse of the world economy, its incredible boom overseen by the elite members of the secretive and all-powerful communist party. But since the election of Xi Jinping as General Secretary, life at the top in China has changed. Under the guise of a corruption crackdown, which has seen his rivals imprisoned, Xi Jinping has been quietly building one of the most powerful leaderships mod...
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Greece: A Literary Guide for Travellers

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by Carroll, Michael
"If in the library of your house you do not have the works of the ancient Greek writers then you have a house with no light" George Bernard ShawThere is so much in the modern world which has its origins in Greece, most notably language and literature. As Shelley once said, "We are all Greeks". This small, rugged, sea-girt country has the longest written history in Europe.
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Destroying A Nation

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by Van Dam, Nikolaos
Following the Arab Spring, Syria descended into civil and sectarian conflict. It has since become a fractured warzone which operates as a breeding ground for new terrorist movements including ISIS as well as the root cause of the greatest refugee crisis in modern history. In this important book, former Special Envoy of the Netherlands to Syria, Nikolaos van Dam, explains the recent history of Syria, coverin...
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Sweet and Bitter Island: A History of the British in Cyprus

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by Morgan, Tabitha
On a sweltering day in July, 1878 the men of the 42nd Royal Highlanders - the Black Watch - waded ashore at Larnaca Bay to begin the British occupation of Cyprus. Today, Britons on sunbeds colonise the same stretch of sand, the latest visitors to an island which has long held a special place in the English imagination - and a controversial role in British imperial ambitions. Drawing on largely unpublished ...
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The Land of the Green Man: A Journey Through the Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles

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by Larrington, Carolyne
Beyond its housing estates and identikit high streets there is another Britain. This is the Britain of mist-drenched forests and unpredictable sea-frets: of wraith-like fog banks, druidic mistletoe and peculiar creatures that lurk, half-unseen, in the undergrowth, tantalising and teasing just at the periphery of human vision. How have the remarkably persistent folkloric traditions of the British Isles forme...
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Churchill's Last Stand: The Struggle for Europe

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by Klos, Felix
After the Second World War, with much of Europe in ruins, the victorious Winston Churchill swore to build a peace across Europe that would last a generation. Fighting against the new 'Iron Curtain' which had fallen across the world, and battling the personal disappointment of losing the 1945 election in Britain, Churchill dedicated the rest of his life to forging a united Europe. This book, based in part on...
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Boko Haram: Inside Nigeria's Unholy War

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by Smith, M. J.
An insurgency in Nigeria by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has left thousands dead, shaken Africa's biggest country and worried the world. Yet they remain a mysterious almost unknowable organisation. Through exhaustive on-the-ground reporting, M.J. Smith takes readers inside the violence and provides the first in-depth account of the conflict. He traces Boko Haram from its beginnings as a small Isl...
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Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia: A Guide to the Remote Churches of an Ancient Land

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by Friedlander, Marie-Jose
Ethiopia is a land of hidden treasures, and among the greatest are its remote churches, whose richly decorated interiors amaze and astound with their vibrant colours and extraordinary illustration. Yet steeped in ancient legend, and often situated in remote locations, a true appreciation and understanding of these unique churches and their spectacular murals has been restricted to a select few. Now, in Hidd...
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The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of Morocco

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by Hamilton, Richard
Marrakech is the heart and lifeblood of Morocco's ancient storytelling tradition. For nearly a thousand years, storytellers have gathered in the Jemaa el Fna, the legendary square of the city, to recount ancient folktales and fables to rapt audiences. But this unique chain of oral tradition that has passed seamlessly from generation to generation is teetering on the brink of extinction. The competing distra...
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Greece, The Hidden Centuries

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by Brewer David
For almost four hundred years, between the fall of Constantinople in 1453 and the Greek War of Independence, the history of Greece is shrouded in mystery: distorted by Greek writers and largely neglected by others. What was life really like for the Greeks under Ottoman rule? Was it a period of exploitation and enslavement for the Greeks until they were finally able to rise up against Turkish rule, as is the...
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Alexandria: A History and Guide

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by Forster, E. M.
In the autumn of 1915, in a "slightly heroic mood", E.M. Forster arrived in Alexandria, full of lofty ideals as a volunteer for the Red Cross. Yet most of his time was spent exploring "the magic, antiquity and complexity" of the place in order to cope with living in what he saw as a "funk-hole". With a novelist's pen, he brings to life the fabled, romantic city of Alexander the Great, capital of Graeco-Roma...
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Cyprus A Modern History

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by William Mallinson
A Modern History of Cyprus is a fast-moving and incisive history of the island’s divisions – within itself and due to the grip of foreign states, most notably Greece and Turkey, but also somewhere prey to the clutches of the USA and the now resurgent Russia, not to mention the role of the British in the island since their acquisition of the territory in 1878.
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