Transit Maps of the World : Expanded and Updated Edition of the World’s First Collection of Every Urban Train Map on Earthby: Mark Ovenden
A completely updated and expanded edition of the cult bestseller, featuring subway, light rail, and streetcar maps from New York to Nizhny Novgorod Transit Maps of the World is the first and only comprehensive collection of historical and current maps of every rapid-transit system on earth. In glorious, colorful graphics, Mark Ovenden traces the cartographic history of mass transit–including rare and historic maps, diagrams, and photographs, some available for the first time since their original publication. Now expanded with thirty-six more pages, 250 city maps revised from previous editions, and listings given from almost a thousand systems in total, this is the graphic designer’s new bible, the transport enthusiast’s dream collection, and a coffee-table essential for everyone who’s ever traveled in a city.
- The Xenophobe’s Guide to the Italians by: Martin Solly £4.68Add to basket
“La Dolce Vita””The Italians live life to the fullest, and do not feel in the least bit guilty leading a life of leisure and pleasure 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. This is what life is all about: Italians do not live to work, they work to live.””””Achoo Brute?””The most common Italian illness is hypochondria. Italians are in general extremely healthy people who spend a great deal of their time thinking that they should feel healthier than they do.””””A little truth goes a long way””Italians grow up knowing that they have to be economical with the truth. All other Italians are, so if they didn’t play the game they would be at a serious disadvantage. They have to fabricate to keep one step ahead.””””Always look on the bright side of life””Generally speaking, the Italians tend to look on the bright side of lifea positive outlook aptly illustrated by their touching salutation: May the saddest days of your future be the happiest days of your past. “”
- Two Years Before The Mast : A Personal Narrative by: Richard Henry Dana £5.71Add to basket
Tracing an awe-inspiring oceanic route from Boston, around Cape Horn, to the California coast, Two Years Before the Mast is both a riveting story of adventure and the most eloquent, insightful account we have of life at sea in the early nineteenth century. Richard Henry Dana is only nineteen when he abandons the patrician world of Boston and Harvard for an arduous voyage among real sailors, amid genuine danger. The result is an astonishing read, replete with vivid descriptions of storms, whales, and the ship’s mad captain, terrible hardship and magical beauty, and fascinating historical detail, including an intriguing portrait of California before the gold rush. As D. H. Lawrence proclaimed, “Dana’s small book is a very great book.”
- Eastern Horizons : Shortlisted for the 2018 Edward Stanford Award by: LEVISON WOOD £15.84Add to basket
BY THE AUTHOR OF WALKING THE HIMALAYAS, WINNER OF THE 2016 EDWARD STANFORD ADVENTURE TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD ‘Download Levison Wood’s Silk Road odyssey, Eastern Horizons, onto your splash-proof kindle. Then read on a sun-lounger, between dozes, wishing you were doing those terribly adventurous things – which being secretly glad you’re not.’ Duncan Craig, Sunday Times Levison Wood was only 22 when he decided to hitch-hike from England to India through Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but he wasn’t the conventional follower of the hippy trail. A fascination with the deeds of the early explorers, a history degree in the bag, an army career already planned and a shoestring budget of GBP750 – including for the flight home – he was determined to find out more about the countries of the Caucasus and beyond – and meet the people who lived and worked there. EASTERN HORIZONS is a true traveller’s tale in the tradition of the best of the genre, populated by a cast of eccentric characters; from mujahideen fighters to the Russian mafia. Along the way he meets some people who showed great hospitality, while others would rather have murdered him… This book confirms that Levison Wood, Winner of the 2016 Edward Stanford Adventure Travel Book Of The Year Award, has indeed ‘breathed new life into adventure travel ‘ (Michael Palin)
- Greece & Islands Map by: Marco Polo £6.38Add to basket
Fully updated for 2017… Marco Polo maps feature completely up-to-date, digitally generated mapping. The high quality cartography with distance indicators and scale converters aid route planning. Includes 7 city maps: Athina, Ioannina, Larisa, Nafplio, Patra, Pireas, Thessaloniki. Major sights and key points of interest are marked on the map by numbered stars and these are listed in the index booklet with a brief description to help travellers pick the best places to see en route. Comprehensive index. The map scale is 1: 300 000.
- Lost Japan by: Alex Kerr £9.80Add to basket
An enchanting and fascinating insight into Japanese landscape, culture, history and future. Originally written in Japanese, this passionate, vividly personal book draws on the author’s experiences in Japan over thirty years. Alex Kerr brings to life the ritualized world of Kabuki, retraces his initiation into Tokyo’s boardrooms during the heady Bubble Years, and tells the story of the hidden valley that became his home. But the book is not just a love letter. Haunted throughout by nostalgia for the Japan of old, Kerr’s book is part paean to that great country and culture, part epitaph in the face of contemporary Japan’s environmental and cultural destruction. Winner of Japan’s Shincho Gakugei Literature Prize, and now with a new preface. Alex Kerr is an American writer, antiques collector and Japanologist. Lost Japan is his most famous work. He was the first foreigner to be awarded the Shincho Gakugei Literature Prize for the best work of non-fiction published in Japan.