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John Harding is modest about his mountaineering achievements: ‘I might have survived the odd scrape, but have touched no voids nor ventured into the thinnest air’
Water is ‘the principle of all things’, the element from which we came and to which we will return, and is both necessary for and destructive of life – an estimated 700 million people are currently without access to clean…
Some adventure stories are all bravado and bluster, a tirade of endless achievements to prove how impressive the protagonist is
A great deal has been written about the dramatic rise of the Gulf states from quiet, sandy backwaters in the 1970s to the shiny, towering cities that emerge dripping with oil money from the desert today
Panic, Fiennes tells us, is to be avoided at all costs. On the other hand, fear is a welcome mechanism that enables the body and brain to work at their best
By the late 10th century, Oxford was the crossroads of England, writes Daniel MacCannell, holding key positions on the east/west and north/south trade routes, and enjoying an enviable riverside location: its importance pre-dates the existence of the university
David Moffatt’s charming account of his time as a PhD student, employee of the Ministry of Overseas Development, and member of an international rural development consultancy agency is not your typical explorer’s memoir
Bettany Hughes describes Istanbul as a ‘place where stories and histories collide and crackle.’

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