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The British Library presents West Africa as you should have seen it before
This year’s top prize goes to ‘A tale of two foxes’ – a savage and haunting image of the fight to survive in harsh Arctic conditions
After travelling the world and crossing every continent, where does the world’s most high profile travel writer head next to find a taste of the remarkable? His own country, it turns out
A friend once pointed out that there’s an inverse correlation between how impoverished a nation’s people are, and the magnificence of its London embassy
The relationship between Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace has produced, as the editors of this volume put it, a ‘small conspiracy industry.’ Half-baked theories have accused ‘Darwin of deceit and even plagiarism’
In 1769, a woman in grand clothes set off on the Rio Pastaza, an Ecuadorian tributary of the Amazon river, following the current across the continent, because she heard a rumour that her husband was waiting on the other side
We meet Boga in a lonely corner of rural Argentina, the Paraná Delta, where he cuts reeds in the company of a taciturn old man. Life is dull but peaceful, and there is ample catfish for the dinner table
Siena is a sensationally beautiful city with an illustrious history, a true rival to Florence in the Middle Ages. It is a city of excitement, home to the Palio, a bareback horse race around the city’s conch-shaped Piazza del Campo

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