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During the four years Fletcher served in 10 Downing Street under Blair, Brown and Cameron, he saw diplomatic relations move from pen-and-paper, through email, to the world of social media
Until recently, physical maps were indispensable tools of government, especially at times of war – the US and UK produced over a billion of them in the 1940s; almost 50 for every soldier
Under this new imprint, all 15 books by the celebrated mountaineer and mariner Harold William Tilman are being reissued
Over the years there has been a plethora of sumptuously printed coffee table books featuring memorable images of Africa’s iconic wildlife. While very few of these have disappointed (such is the extraordinary and ever-improving standard of wildlife photography in the…
A jumble of motives has always shaped European exploration of the Arctic. Economic ambition, not least the search for a Northwest Passage, led to repeated intrusion and all manner of unsavoury episodes. Martin Frobisher dragging Inuit captives to Elizabethan England…
‘By the time this book is published it is possible – and, according to many predictions, likely – that the [North] Pole itself will be uncovered for the first time in tens of thousands of years.’
For the layman, the history of Central Asia is complex. When I first visited the Buddhist cave grottos, dating from the 5th to the 14th century, at Bezekilk in Xinjiang province, China, I was struck by the destruction wreaked on…
This exquisitely produced ‘visual compendium’ promises an ‘opportunity to eavesdrop on moments of exploratory inspiration.’ The chosen medium is the humble journal or notebook – ‘one vital piece of kit in most explorers’ pockets that hasn’t changed much at all’

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