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The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold: Adventures Along the Iron Curtain Trail

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by Moore, Tim
"Bill Bryson on two wheels". (Independent). Scaling a new peak of rash over-ambition, Tim Moore tackles the 9,000km route of the old Iron Curtain on a tiny-wheeled, two-geared East German shopping bike. Asking for trouble and getting it, he sets off at the Arctic winter's brutal height, bullying his plucky MIFA 900 through the endless and massively sub-zero desolation of snowbound Finland. Haunted throughou...
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In Patagonia

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by Bruce Chatwin
The black and white photographs in this book sum up the vast emptiness full of an astonishing cross-section of the world's nationalities that is Patagonia. The journey invents itself as he pursues a mythical beast through Rio Negro, Chubut and Southern Patagonia. Along the way he is detained by the improbable stories of those he meets.
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The Rings Of Saturn

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by W.G. Sebald
"The Rings of Saturn" begins as the record of a journey on foot through coastal East Anglia. From Lowestoft to Bungay, Sebald's own story becomes the conductor of evocations of people and cultures past and present: of Chateaubriand, Thomas Browne, Swinburne and Conrad, of fishing fleets, skulls and silkworms. The result is an intricately patterned and haunting book on the transience of all things human.
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Our Man in Havana

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by Graham Greene
One of Graham Greene’s most popular books, Our Man in Havana has all the usual trademarks of a Greene novel (foreign locale, one man, a higher power and the perversion thereof), except instead of being a taught thriller, Greene’s wit shines through and proves to be as blackly comic as one could imagine.
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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

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by Haruki Murakami
In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he'd completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and on his writing. Equal parts travelogue, training log, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005...
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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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by Yuval Noah Harari
Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived.
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Goodbye to Berlin

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by Isherwood, Christopher
Goodbye to Berlin contains six sketches of individual's lives in pre-Hitler Berlin: the author's landlady, Sally Bowles, a working class family and a Jewish family. Many of the characters cross over with the characters portrayed in his other Berlin novel Mr. Norris Changes Trains.
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The Quiet American

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by Graham Greene
The Quiet American is Graham Greene’s fictional account of the violence and intrigue of mid twentieth century Vietnam. Pyle, a young idealistic American has been sent to promote democracy through a mysterious ‘Third Force’, but his naïve optimism starts to cause bloodshed. Fowler, a friend of Pyle, but a Brit and a cynical foreign correspondent, finds it hard to just stand aside and watch without interv...
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Travels With My Aunt

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by Graham Greene
One of Graham Greene's most loved novels, Travels With My Aunt is the story of Henry Pulling, an unmarried retired bank manager who has just been made redundant and, with no prospects or hobbies other than tending his dahlias, finds himself agreeably excited by his mother's funeral. It is at this sad event that for the first time in more than half a century, he meets his formidable and irrepressible Aunt Au...
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Bread and Ashes

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by Tony Anderson
Tony Anderson set out in the summer of 1998 to walk through Georgia. He wanted particularly to visit the Georgian mountain tribes - Tush, Khevsurs, Ratchuelians and Svans - to discover if they shared a common mountain culture, and to test the old idea of the Caucasus as an impenetrable barrier from sea to sea.
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Norwegian Wood

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by Haruki Murakami
Norwegian Wood stands with The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle as one of Haruki Muarakami’s best and most popular works. As usual, it deals with the world around us with a sense of melancholy, charm, loss- all weaved through with his irrepressible wit, managing to make the more whimsical aspects of his work seems normal.
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The Snow Leopard

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by Peter Matthiessen
The Snow Leopard was inspired by the author's 1973 journey with George Schaller, a field biologist, to Crystal Mountain in the Himalayas, to study the wild blue sheep of the region. They also hoped to see the rare snow leopard, an almost mythical creature which Schaller once glimpsed on a previous visit. As a student of Zen Buddhism, the author's search for the snow leopard evolved into a quest for the mean...
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The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia

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by Michael Booth
The Danes are the happiest people in the world, and pay the highest taxes. 'Neutral' Sweden is one of the biggest arms manufacturers in the world. Finns have the largest per capita gun ownership after the US and Yemen. 54% of Icelanders believe in elves. Norway is the richest country on earth. 5 % of Danish men have had sex with an animal.
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Lost Horizon

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by Hilton, James
Flying out of India, a light aircraft is hijacked and flown into the high Tibetan Himalayas. The few passengers on board anxiously await their fate, among them Conway, a talented British consul. But on landing they are unexpectedly conducted to a remote valley, a legendary paradise of peace and beauty, known as Shangri-La. Have they been kidnapped? Can they leave? And do they even want to? From the author o...
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Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words

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by Ella Frances Sanders
Did you know that the Japanese have a word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees? Or that there's a Swedish word that means a traveller's particular sense of anticipation before a trip?
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ENGLISH IS NOT EASY

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by Luci Gutierrez
This book includes a quirkily illustrated, brilliantly risque, but thoroughly practical, guide to the peculiarities of one of the trickiest languages on earth, for (strictly adult) students of English as a foreign language and native speakers alike.
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Shark Drunk: The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean

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by Stroksnes, Morten
Winner of the Wanderlust Adventure Travel Book of the Year at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2018 In the great depths surrounding the remote Lofoten islands in Norway lives the Greenland shark. Twenty-six feet in length and weighing more than a tonne, it can live for 200 years. Its fluorescent green, parasite-covered eyes are said to hypnotise its prey, and its meat is so ridd...
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Nutshell

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by McEwan, Ian
Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She's still in the marital home – a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse – but not with John. Instead, she's with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy's womb.
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The 7th Function of Language

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by Binet, Laurent
Roland Barthes is knocked down in a Paris street by a laundry van. It's February 1980 and he has just come from lunch with Francois Mitterrand, a slippery politician locked in a battle for the Presidency. Barthes dies soon afterwards.
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The Only Story

by Barnes, Julian
Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question.
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