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A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople - From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube

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by Patrick Leigh Fermor
In 1933, at the age of 18, Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on an extraordinary journey by foot - from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is the first volume in a trilogy recounting the trip, and takes the reader with him as far as Hungary. It is a book of compelling glimpses - not only of the events which were curdling Europe at that time, but also of its resplendent domes and monasteri...
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Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition

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by Ben Schott
Ever thought, 'There should be a German word for that'? Well, now there is. From the mind that created Schott's Original Miscellany comes a unique volume exploring the idiosyncrasies of the human condition ...auf Deutsch.
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Mani - Travels in the Southern Peloponnese

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by Patrick Leigh Fermor
This is the absorbingly impassioned account of Patrick Leigh Fermor's travels amongst the remote Greek Mountains, where he explores the history and myths of the local people. Isolated from the rest of the country by the towering range of the Taygettus and hemmed in by the Aegean and Ionian Seas, this part of Mediterranean Europe still mantains close ties to a previous era. What emerges is a brilliant evocat...
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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

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by Randall Munroe
From the creator of the wildly popular xkcd.com, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.
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Sicily: A Short History, from the Greeks to Cosa Nostra

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by John Julius Norwich
'Sicily is the key to everything' Johann Wolfgang von Goethe The author of the classic book on Venice turns his sights to Sicily in this beautiful book full of maps and colour photographs.
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The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science

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by Andrea Wulf
Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) is the great lost scientist: more things are named after him than anyone else. There are towns, rivers, mountain ranges, the ocean current that runs along the South American coast, there's a penguin, a giant squid - even the Mare Humboldtianum on the moon.
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The Great Game: On Secret Service in High Asia

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by Peter Hopkirk
Peter Hopkirk's "The Great Game" tells the history of the decades-long struggle for Central Asia in the 1800’s. For nearly a century the two most powerful nations on earth - Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia - fought a secret war in the lonely passes and deserts of Central Asia. Those engaged in this shadowy struggle called it "The Great Game", a phrase immortalized in Kipling’s "Kim".
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Mister Pip

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by Lloyd Jones
*Shortlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize* Lloyd Jones' Mister Pip is an unforgettable tale of survival by story; a superb piece of writing that will both captivate and inspire. Bougainville. 1991. A small village on a lush tropical island in the South Pacific. Eighty-six days have passed since Matilda's last day of school as, quietly, war is encroaching from the other end of the island. When the village...
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Along the Enchanted Way

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by William Blacker
Change is now coming to rural Romania, and William Blacker's adventures will soon be part of its history. From his early carefree days tramping the hills of Transylvania, to the book's poignant ending, Along the Enchanted Way transports us back to a magical country world most of us thought had vanished long ago.
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Eight Feet in the Andes

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by Dervla Murphy
The eight feet belong to Dervla Murphy, her nine-year-old daughter Rachel, and Juana, an elegant mule, who together clambered the length of Peru, from Cajamarca near the border with Ecuador, to Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital, over 1300 miles to the south. With only the most basic necessities to sustain them and spending most of their time above 10,000 feet, their journey was marked by extreme discomfort, o...
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Osman's Dream

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by Caroline Finkel
The Ottoman chronicles recount that the first sultan, Osman, dreamt of the dynasty he would found - a tree, fully-formed, emerged from his navel, symbolising the vigour of his successors and the extent of their domains. This is the first book to tell the full story of the Ottoman dynasty that for six centuries held sway over territories stretching, at their greatest, from Hungary to the Persian Gulf, and fr...
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River of Smoke

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by Ghosh Amitav
In September 1838 a storm blows up on the Indian Ocean and the Ibis, a ship carrying a consignment of convicts and indentured laborers from Calcutta to Mauritius, is caught up in the whirlwind. When the seas settle, five men have disappeared - two lascars, two convicts and one of the passengers. Did the same storm upend the fortunes of those aboard the Anahita, an opium carrier heading towards Canton? And w...
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Story of San Michele

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by AXEL MUNTHE
This 'dream-laden and spooked' (Marina Warner, London Review of Books) story is to many one of the best-loved books of the twentieth century. Munthe spent many years working as a doctor in Southern Italy, labouring unstintingly during typhus, cholera and earthquake disasters. It was during this period that he came across the ruined Tiberian villa of San Michele, perched high above the glittering Bay of Napl...
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Traveller's Tree - Journey through the Caribbean Islands

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by Patrick Leigh Fermor
In this, his first book, Patrick Leigh Fermor recounts his tales of a personal odyssey to the lands of the Traveller's Tree - a tall, straight-trunked tree whose sheath-like leaves collect copious amounts of water. He made his way through the long island chain of the West Indies by steamer, aeroplane and sailing ship, noting in his records of the voyage the minute details of daily life, of the natural surro...
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Sarah's Key

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by Rosnay, Tatiana de
Released in 2010 as a major motion picture starring Kristin Scott Thomas. Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old Jewish girl, is arrested by the French police in the middle of the night, along with her mother and father. Desperate to protect her younger brother, she locks him in a cupboard and promises to come back for him as soon as she can. Paris, May 2002: Julia Jarmond, an American journalist, is asked...
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Wait For Me!: Memoirs of the Youngest Mitford Sister

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by Devonshire, Deborah
Deborah Devonshire is a natural writer with a knack for the telling phrase and for hitting the nail on the head. She tells the story of her upbringing, lovingly and wittily describing her parents (so memorably fictionalised by her sister Nancy); she talks candidly about her brother and sisters, and their politics (while not being at all political herself), finally setting the record straight. Throughout the...
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Love from Boy

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by Roald Dahl
'Dear Mama, I am having a lovely time here. We play football every day here. The beds have no springs ...' So begins the first letter that a nine-year-old Roald Dahl penned to his mother, Sofie Magdalene, under the watchful eye of his boarding-school headmaster.
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Elizabeth Jane Howard: A Dangerous Innocence

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by Cooper, Artemis
Elizabeth Jane Howard (1923-2014) wrote brilliant novels about what love can do to people, but in her own life the lasting relationship she sought so ardently always eluded her. She grew up yearning to be an actress; but when that ambition was thwarted by marriage and the war, she turned to fiction. Her first novel, The Beautiful Visit, won the John Llewellyn Rhys prize - she went on to write fourteen more,...
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Flood of Fire

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by Ghosh, Amitav
The thrilling climax to the Ibis trilogy that began with the phenomenal Booker-shortlisted Sea of Poppies. It is 1839 and tension has been rapidly mounting between China and British India following the crackdown on opium smuggling by Beijing. With no resolution in sight, the colonial government declares war. One of the vessels requisitioned for the attack, the Hind, travels eastwards from Bengal to China, ...
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Ataturk

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by Andrew Mango
This biography of Atat?rk aims to strip away the myth to show the complexities of the man beneath. Born plain Mustafa in Ottoman Salonica in 1881, he trained as an army officer but was virtually unknown until 1919, when he took the lead in thwarting the victorious Allies' plan to partition the Turkish core of the Ottoman Empire. He divided the Allies, defeated the last Sultan and secured the territory of th...
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