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Lancashire, Where Women Die Of Love

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by Charles Nevin
Enough! For far too long, Lancashire has languished under the grimy pall of smoke and muck and mills and mines, enveloped in outdated condescensions, smothered by the easy dismissals that put down the north of England as just 'up there' and 'grim'. Thank you very much George Orwell, Monty Python and every London cabbie. But Lancashire is not up there. Lancs is actually situated in the centre of the British ...
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The Last Man Across the Atlantic

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by Paul Heiney
In 1960, when Sir Francis Chichester first raced singlehanded across the Atlantic, it was widely regarded as an insane stunt. Nowadays, the Singlehanded Transatlantic Race is not only accorded the greatest of respect but is also recognised as a true test of stamina and seamanship. Almost half a century after Chichester's achievement, amateur sailor Paul Heiney entered the race to prove that the Corinthian s...
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Wide-Eyed And Legless

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by Jeff Connor
In 1987, the Tour was won by Irishman Stephen Roche. It was the first time the champion had hailed from outside the Continent or the States and the first time in 20 years a British team - ANC Halfords - had competed in the world's toughest and craziest race. Jeff Connor not only stayed with the British team but also found himself an unofficial team member. In this long-awaited new edition of "Wide-Eyed and ...
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The Literary Traveller in Scotland

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by Allen Foster
"The Literary Traveller in Scotland" opens up Scotland's literary landscape for the first time in one concise volume. All prominent Scottish writers from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century are included and discussed in their literary, historical and cultural contexts, set in the landscapes where they were born and which inspired them. It details the birthplaces, childhoods, former homes and burial p...
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Murder In Samarkand

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by Craig Murray
When Craig Murray arrived in Uzbekistan to take up his post in 2002, he was a young ambassador with a brilliant career and a taste for whisky and women. But after hearing accounts of dissident prisoners being boiled to death and innocent people being raped and murdered by agents of the state, he started to question both his role and that of his country in so-called 'democratising' states. Following his disc...
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The Havana Mob

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by English, T. J.
Throughout the 1950s, as the Cuban people laboured under a violently repressive regime, the mob-financed revelry in Havana never stopped. Tourists from around the world flooded in to gamble, go to the racetrack, see an elaborate floorshow at the Tropicana and perhaps partake in the sexual activities that flourished on the fringe of the most colourful nightlife scene of the twentieth century. It may have see...
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Horses for Courses

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by Anne Holland
There can be no better way of getting to know Ireland than by visiting its racecourses: from the glamour of Leopardstown and the class of The Curragh to the majestic mountains around Killarney; from the warm welcome at Gowran Park and Clonmel to the summer holidaymakers' meetings and 'industry' days in the winter months. At any one of these venues, you might catch a glimpse of a future Cheltenham Gold Cup c...
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Two Wheels On My Wagon

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by Howard, Paul
As bicycle races go, the attractions of the Tour Divide are not immediately apparent. For a start, it is the longest mountain-bike race in the world, running nearly 3,000 miles down the Rockies from Canada to Mexico. But the distance is not the only challenge - the total ascent of 200,000 ft is the equivalent of scaling Mount Everest nearly seven times. Then there are the dangerous animals likely to be enco...
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Bikie : A Love Affair With The Bicycle

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by Woods, Charlie
Bikie lays bare the true heart of cycling. Every grass-roots enthusiast, keen racing man and elite professional has one thing in common: he loves his bike and riding it. The author pinpoints the source of his love, tracing its development in the individual, how it draws people into a community and then a tradition - creating a whole worldwide culture to celebrate that deep affection for what is a technologi...
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The Munros And Tops: Record-Setting Walk

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by Chris Townsend
When Chris Townsend reached the summit of Ben Hope in Sutherland, he walked his way into the record books. After 118 days in which he had covered more than 1,700 miles and climber over 575,000 feet, he had completed the first single continuous journey of all 277 Munros and 240 Tops in the Scottish Highlands.This is the story of that remarkable walk from the start on Ben More on the Isle of Mull through to t...
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The Grahams :A Guide to Scotland's 2000ft Mountains

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by Dempster, Andrew
This although, well-illustrated guidebook is the first to describe the ascent of Scottish mountains between 2,000 and 2,500 feet, collectively known as the Grahams. There are 224 such peaks scattered widely across the whole of the country, from Galloway to the far north, and seven are on islands, including Harris and South Uist. They range from the remote rocky outcrops challenging the serious, seasoned hil...
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London's Waterside Walks

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by Brian Cookson
London exists because of the Thames. The city's history is inextricably bound to the river and its tribitaries, and to the man-made water channels created during the nineteeth century - the canals around the north of London and the Docks to the east.In LONDON'S WATERSIDE WALKS, one of the city's experienced Blue Badge Guides, Brian Cookson, describes 16 walks, selected to reflect the history and modern deve...
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Scotland: The National Cycle Network

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by Harry Henniker
A comprehensive guide to the Scottish part of the National Cycle Network. The book includes full route descriptions accompanied by very clear maps for each section. It also has introductory sections covering topics like what to take with you, transport, preparing your bike, etc.
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Broke Through Britain

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by Peter Mortimer
During the summer of 1998, Peter Mortimer set off on the 500-mile journey from Plymouth to Edinburgh, accompanied only by his King Charles spaniel. He took no money and had no transport or pre-arranged accommodation. Bereft of the basics necessary for human existence, such as food and shelter, he was dependent for his survival on his own wits, the generosity of others and good fortune.
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