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Mixing dramatised reconstructions and original footage from the 1953 film The Conquest of Everest, as well as a large number of original photographs, this tells the story of the 1953 expedition principally from Ed Hillary’s point of view
There’s a great deal of money to be made from scrap. Adam Minter reports that the global recycling industry can turn over US$500billion every year and that only the agricultural sector employs more people
This beautifully produced volume contains 160 maps from the collections of Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Dato’ Richard Curtis, ranging from the early-16th to the late-20th centuries, and tell an extraordinary tale of political change, cultural encounter and the advancement of…
These days, navigation has seemingly been reduced to pressing a button on a sat nav or GPS. But David Barrie’s lively, eloquent history of the sextant is a reminder that this wasn’t always the case
‘Alien invasion’ is as much an environmental dog-whistle issue as a political one, and many of the same questions apply – notably, do species ‘belong’ where they evolved, or where they end up?
The author’s citrus adventures began when, visiting a garden in the Veneto, she picked up a piece of fallen fruit and learned ‘the only lesson an ignorant orange thief could understand’: that Seville oranges are bitter enough to cauterise the tongue
The word ‘desert’ evokes a place of wearying nothingness, devoid of life, culture or fertility. But, as Roslynn D Haynes, a professor at the University of New South Wales, shows in this beautifully written and sumptuously illustrated new book, the reality…
Defenceless within, undefended without, Tibet remains a victim of the Cold War. Today, only the exiled Dalai Lama survives as a symbol of Tibet’s will to survive and a moral challenge to Chinese occupation

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