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China in Drag: Travels with a Cross-dresser

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by Bristow, Michael
Approaching the end of his nine year stint as a BBC journalist in Beijing, Michael Bristow decided he wanted to write about the country's modern history. To assist him he asked for the help of his language teacher, who was born just two years after the communist party came to power in 1949. The changing fortunes of his life have mirrored the ups and downs of his country, which has moved from communist pover...
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Daniel Defoe's Railway Journey: A Surreal Odyssey Through Modern Britain

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by Campbell, Stuart
Daniel Defoe's Railway Journeys describes the odyssey undertaken by two eccentric pensioners as they travel on every mile of railway track in the UK. Surreal and poignant by turns, Stuart Campbell describes the people they meet and the unwanted adventures that befall them. He is aided and abetted by the ghost of Daniel Defoe, writer, soldier, businessman and spy who completed his own journey in the 1720s..
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Short Ride on a Fast Machine

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by McGrandle, Magnus
Short Ride on A Fast Machine is a quirky and engaging caper, the story of a young cycle courier from London who goes on an improbable journey to Norway, to pick up a stuffed owl for a mysterious client. For his oddest job to date, Sam enlists the help of his friend and fellow courier Poyntz. But as they make their haphazard journey to Mr Sorensen's mountain hut, its owner is attracting the attention of the ...
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Downhill from Here

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by Boyter, Gavin
Approaching his middle forties, Gavin Boyter wondered what his life was all about. A Scot living in London, single and with no kids, he was living for the job and the dwindling hope of a career in film. He had been a club runner all his life, pretty good but not at the front all that often. He was what he called an ordinary runner and he came to wonder just what an ordinary runner might be capable of. How a...
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Upbeat: The Story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq

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by MacAlindin, Paul
The story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq is here told by its musical director from its inception to its eventual end. The NYOI came through the most difficult and dangerous of times to produce fine music not only in Iraq but also in Britain, Germany, France and the United States. A beacon of hope and achievement the young musicians and their tutors made bridges across their own ethnic divisions, ma...
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The Long Bridge

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by Muskus/1
Urszula Muskus (1903-1972) spent eighteen years as a prisoner in the Gulag Archipelago. Gradually travelling eastwards on long train journeys into Siberia she was first separated from her husband and later from her two children. Before being finally freed she entered into a state of 'eternal exile' at Krasnoyarsk, the Long Bridge of the title. Her book is rich in stories of other prisoners, guards, work on ...
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The Spice Box Letters

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by Makis, Eve
Journalist Melina Knight longs to know why her grandmother, Mariam, so rarely speaks about her family and childhood. When Mariam dies suddenly, she inherits her grandmother's journal and handwritten letters stashed in a wooden spice box, cryptic treasures written in Armenian, Mariam's mother tongue. On a spring break in Cyprus, Melina meets Ara, a young Armenian man, who agrees to act as translator. In 1915...
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Walking the Song

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by Brown, Hamish
Hamish Brown has been an outdoorsman for more than sixty years. The first person to complete an uninterrupted round of Scotland's Munros, his account of the feat in Hamish's Mountain Walk is a classic of Scottish mountain literature. Throughout those years he has contributed articles and essays to many journals and, in this selection, he presents not an autobiography or some overview of life, but a very per...
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Greenpeace Captain: Bizarre Wanderings on the Rainbow Warrior

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by Willcox, Peter
In over 40 years as a senior captain for Greenpeace International, Peter Willcox has been in the vanguard of the international environmentalist movement. He has led crews into battle for the good of the planet against whale killers, nuclear testing sites and deep sea drillers. The recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Guardian, Peter has confronted naval warships, including diving in front of a...
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Around the Coast in Eighty Waves

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by Bennett, Jonathan
Living in an old, unheated T25 campervan for fourteen months, including the coldest winter for thirty years, Jonathan Bennett travelled clockwise round Britain, surfing every beach he could catch a wave. From the Isle of Harris to the Lizard Peninsula, from Orkney to Anglesey, from Sandwood Bay to Sussex, he shared the waves with seals, sewage and fellow surfers, meeting friendly and not-so-friendly locals,...
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Hamish's Mountain Walk &Climbing The Corbetts

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by Hamish M Brown
"Hamish's Mountain Walk" describes the first complete traverse of the Munros (mountains in Scotland attaining a height of 3000 feet) in a single journey. The book is a classic of outdoor and mountaineering literature and describes not only the intricacies and challenges of the journey but also the history of the area and much else of interest.
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Running Hard: The Story Of A Rivalry

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by Chilton, Steve
For one brilliant season in 1983 the sport of fell running was dominated by the two huge talents of John Wild and Kenny Stuart. Wild was an incomer to the sport from road running and track. Stuart was born to the fells, but an outcast because of his move from amateur to professional and back again. Together they destroyed the record book, only determining who was top by a few seconds in the last race of the...
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World is Elsewhere: My Life in Cuba and Other Places

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by McIvor, Chris
In the final part of his autobiographical trilogy Chris McIvor relates the story of his years in Morocco, and explores the challenges and contradictions of being an aid worker. Later as the country director of an international charity in Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica Chris finds himself moving behind the gloss of tourism that conceals much of the reality of the Caribbean. In this final volume, Chris also comes to...
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King of Cuba

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by Garcia, Cristina
El Comandante, an aging Castro-like dictator shambles about his mansion in Havana, visits a dying friend, tortures hunger strikers in one of his prisons, and grapples with the stale end of his life that is as devoid of grandeur as his nearly sixty-year-old revolution. Across the waters in Florida, Goyo Herrera, a Miami exile in his eighties, plots revenge against the very same El Comandante whom he blames f...
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Cairgorm John

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by John Allen
For over thirty years John Allen was an active member of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team and for most of them acted as Team Leader. In 'Cairngorm John' (his call sign when in contact with Search and Rescue helicopters he recalls the challenges of mountain rescue and the many changes he has seen and been a party to. His book is filled with exciting accounts of real life rescues, discussions of mountain re...
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The Sunlit Summit: The Life of W. H. Murray

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by Lloyd-Jones, Robin
William Hutchison Murray (1913 - 1996) was one of Scotland's most distinguished climbers in the years before and after the Second World War. As a prisoner of war in Italy he wrote his first classic book, Mountaineering in Scotland, on rough toilet paper which was confiscated and destroyed by the Gestapo. The rewritten version was published in 1947 and followed by the, now, equally famous, Undiscovered Scotl...
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Higher Ground: A Mountain Guide's Life

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by Moran, Martin
For decades now, Martin Moran has made his living as a mountain guide based in Strathcarron, Wester Ross. The Scottish hills have by no means bound or defined him though. It was after his ascent of the North Face of the Eiger that he made his decision to take the mountain guide qualifications. Martin has climbed and guided in the Alps, Norway, and the Himalayas, experiencing life changing adventures, near d...
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The Birdcage

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by Aslet, Clive
Salonika in 1916 is a city more than half-Jewish and, until a few months ago, one of the jewels in the Ottoman crown. It is now suddenly Greek. Nominally neutral, it is filled with French, British and Serbian soldiers defending it against the Austro-German and Bulgarian forces to the north. In a city seething with intrigue, cafe society continues unperturbed and the native inhabitants make from the soldiers...
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The Surfacing

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by James, Cormac
THE SURFACING is set largely on board a ship in the 1850s, searching for Franklin's lost expedition. It's a challenging and dangerous endeavour in a very male world - that is until Morgan, the second-in-command of the Impetus, realises there is a pregnant stowaway on board and that he is the father. It is too late to turn back, the ice is closing in, and the child will have to be born into the vast and ic...
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The Rainforests of Britain and Ireland

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by Bain, Clifton
Following his tremendous success in 2013 with The Ancient Pinewoods of Scotland, Clifton Bain now turns his attention to the mixed oak, birch and other woodlands that line the west coasts of, north to south, Scotland, Northern England, Wales and Ireland. Correctly described as a rainforest, these trees take a higher rainfall than some areas of the Brazilian rainforest, the unbroken lineage since the Ice Age...
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