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When making predictions about India’s future, the first step is to visit a fortune teller and his magic parrots: India, Adam Roberts thereby learns, will become the world’s Number One nation and win the World Cup – ‘understatement gets you…
Many of us will be familiar with this run of emotions: the thrill of going to some faraway outcrop for the weekend, setting up camp, smug and self-sufficient, only then to spend two days inhaling mosquitoes or waiting out an…
‘When the winds of change blow some people build walls, others build windmills,’ quotes Stevenson. ‘This is a book about the windmills.’
Veteran traveller Stephen O’Shea takes the reader on a delightful 500-mile historical romp through the Alps
Turning each page of this sumptuous book is a constant delight. The maps, masterful drawings and sepia photographs illustrate the massive achievements of 33 men and women who acquired invaluable geographical knowledge from little known corners of the world
In her youth, Kapka Kassabova would spend family holidays on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast. Tourists from across Eastern Europe were drawn to this ‘shop window of the Communist bloc’ but the sense of tension was palpable
This well-organised and beautifully produced book highlights the careers of those who have been hopelessly seduced by the desert’s spell; romantics, explorers, adventurers, solitaries and escapees – all victims of desert seduction – many who ‘travel for lust of knowing…
Having everyone agree about the location of zero degrees longitude seems like the most obvious idea in the world. It makes all manner of measurements a good deal easier. As Charles Withers’ compelling book explains, however, the battle to establish…

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