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By David L Hammer. 1985
By John Ebdon. 1985
John Ebdon captures the whims and eccentricities of the English character in this portrait of the country and its people:… the regimented Farnham commuter, and the cantankerous neighbours with deep down hearts of gold. Explaining along the way why Yorkshiremen are "God's own people" and how London views tourists. 1985.
By John Ebdon. 1979
The first book from the Director of the London Planetarium, better known as a humorous broadcaster. Here he writes about… the non-tourist side of Greece, two islands in the Cyclades, where he is accepted into the villages as a welcome inhabitant. In his own words, "It is not a travel book. It is about people... of the islands of Andros and Kos." 1979.
By Claudio Magris. 1989
Explores the Danube River as it flows through middle-European countries from the Bavarian hills to the Black Sea. Examines the… tension between Greco-Roman and Teutonic cultures, the roots of fascism, the splendour and decline of the Hapsburg dynasty, and the evil of Nazism. 1989. Uniform title: Danubio.
By Eva-Marie Kröller. 1987
A detailed survey of Canadian travel writing in the 19th century provides an unusual perspective on Canadian history. Canadians abroad… preferred Britain, France, Italy and Palestine, in that order. The major world expositions and Queen Victoria's Golden and Diamond Jubilees figure prominently in the writings. 1987.
With a borrowed rucksack, Patrick Leigh Fermor set off in 1933 from the Hook of Holland to walk to Constantinople.… This sequel continues the journey down the Danube from Budapest; on horseback across the Great Hungarian Plain, and over the Rumanian border into Transylvania, a wild beautiful region of forests and mountains secluded from Western eyes during centuries of religious and national complexity. He planned to live "like a tramp, a pilgrim or a wandering scholar" but found instead leisurely sojourns in castles. Sequel to "A time of gifts : on foot to Constantinople : from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube". 1986.
By Jonathan Raban. 1987
In 1982 the author set out in an old, made-over ketch, to the only wilderness left: the sea. Unlike his… predecessors, he was not weighted down by "testaments, theories and dogmas;" he wanted to find out what made his own "peculiar country tick" and, in so doing, he charted the coastline of his past, took soundings for the future and unfurled a map of Britain that is comedy and tragedy in one. 1987.
By Will Ferguson. 2009
Ferguson describes his attempt at walking the entire Ulster Way, a 560-mile path that circles Northern Ireland. Along the way,… this grandson of a Belfast orphan uncovers his own hidden family history. There are clues about a lost inheritance, a mysterious photograph, and rumours of a vast estate, but the truth when it comes is both surprising and funny. Winner of the 2010 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal. c2009.
By Robert Hughes. 1992
An art critic for "Time" narrates an introduction to the cultural and political development of the Spanish city called "the… great enchantress." He traces its history from its founding as a small first-century colony to the early twentieth century, focusing on its Catalan past and its spectacular architecture, which ranges from medieval to modern. He further describes the events and traditions that give Barcelona its unique character. 1992.
By David McFadden. 1999
Setting out to explore Scotland, his ancestral home, McFadden plans to follow the same route as H.V. Morton. Instead he… charts an erratic course, interspersing accounts of the country with conversations of the people he encountered. 1999.
By David McFadden. 1995
In the 1990s, the author intended to follow the same route taken in the 1930s by travel writer H.V. Morgan,… to chart the similarities and differences about Ireland. Soon, however, he found himself wandering erratically, as the journey became increasingly his own. The book offers a humourous, affectionate look at Ireland of the 1990s. 1995.
By Colin Thubron. 1983
Colin Thubron learned Russian and entered the Soviet Union in an old Morris Marina in which he camped and drove… for almost 10,000 miles between the Baltic and Caucasus. Everywhere he went he encountered and listened to people of all ages, occupations and interests. He met dissidents and was dogged by the KGB. The result is a fascinating and revealing picture of the many races who inhabit a giant country. 1983.
By Peter Neville. 1997
A full history of Ireland from Prehistory to the present. Beginning with early Celtic Ireland, Neville chronicles the main events… and important figures in Irish history, from Saint Patrick, the high kings, the Anglo-Irish relationship, the Potato Famine, to modern Ireland and its separate Catholic Nationalist and Protestant Unionist traditions. 1997.
By Farley Mowat. 1995
Hoping to put wartime recollections into new perspective, Mowat and his first wife, Frances, toured Europe in the spring of… 1953. Mowat shares his own recollections as well as those of others they met on the journey. The sites they visited included London, Kent, Paris, Positano, and San Carlo. 1995.
By Peter Mayle. 1989
First, a dream of life in Provence, and then a home to match the dream. Moving into an old farmhouse… at the foot of the Luberon Mountains between Avignon and Aix was the beginning of an exotic and bewildering new life for Peter Mayle and his wife. "A year in Provence" is Peter Mayle's own hilarious description of their pleasurable and occasionally frustrating experiences. 1989.
By Frank Entwisle. 1982
By Lisa St. Aubin de Teran. 1994
The author tells the story of her life and challenges while restoring a run-down Italian villa. It is also a… portrait of life in an Umbrian village, full of warm people who accept their new neighbours as family. 1994.
By Grace Thornton, H. C Andersen. 1988
By Nicholas Kilmer. 1997
His ancestral home in France tugs at the American author's heart, and he longs to purchase it. As part of… his decision-making process, he visits the rural property one day in May to evaluate its structural soundness. As he pokes and prods, he stirs up memories and associations with his family history. 1997.
By Susie Kelly. 2006
Keen to discover some of France's lesser-known attractions, Susie Kelly, her husband Terry and their two dogs embarked on a… 10,000-kilometre journey, where they encounter exploding gherkins, killer waves, chilli-flavoured chocolates and sinister submarines. 2006.