Travel the World

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By Bookends

A selection of books which explore the culture and history of foreign climes through the lives of native residents and visitors. For us, these books offer an emotive and personal way to learn about the world.

The Cubans: Ordinary Lives in Extraordinary Times

Anthony DePalma

£20.00 £18.60

An exploration of ordinary lives in Communist Cuba over the last 60 years. This book is full of tales of devastating poverty, incredible opportunities and the enduring spirit and resilience of the Cuban people.

Moscow Calling: Memoirs of a Foreign Correspondent

Angus Roxburgh

£9.99 £9.29

Foreign correspondent Angus Roxburgh worked in Russia for over 40 years. In that time he met 4 presidents, worked in the Kremlin and was wooed by the KBG. His memoir hums with love and affinity for the quirky, crazy, exasperating, beautiful, tumultuous world of Russia and offers a less political account of the country.

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

Jung Chang

£10.99 £10.22

A breathtaking autobiographical account of 20th century China through the lives of three generations of women; the grandmother given to the warlord as a concubine, the Communist mother and the daughter herself - author Jung Chang. An accessible exploration of China's fascinating history with unforgettable descriptions.

A Chip Shop in Poznan: My Unlikely Year in Poland

Ben Aitken

£9.99 £9.29

In 2016 Ben Aitken moved to Poland out of curiosity: he wanted to know what the Poles in the UK had left behind. He flew to a place he'd never heard of and then accepted a job in a chip shop on the minimum wage, as you do. When he wasn't peeling potatoes he was on the road scratching the country's surface: he milked cows with a Eurosceptic farmer; missed the bus to Auschwitz; spent Christmas with complete strangers and went to Gdansk to learn how communism got the chop. This is a candid, funny and offbeat tale of a year as an unlikely immigrant.

Nothing To Envy: Real Lives In North Korea

Barbara (Y) Demick

£9.99 £9.29

A spectacularly revealing and harrowing portrait of ordinary lives in the world's least ordinary country, North Korea. From extensive interviews and with tenacious investigative work, Barbara Demick has recreated the concerns, culture and lifestyles of 6 North Korean citizens in a gripping narrative, and vividly reconstructed the inner workings of this extraordinary and secretive country.

City of Djinns

William Dalrymple

£10.99 £10.22

A captivating memoir of a year spent in Delhi from the Samuel Johnson shortlisted author of William Dalrymple. 'City of Djinns' is an astonishing and sensitive portrait of a city, and confirms William Dalrymple as one of the most compelling explorers of India's past and present.

In Patagonia

Bruce Chatwin

£9.99 £9.29


The Word for Woman is Wilderness

Abi Andrews

£8.99 £8.36

Arctic Circle travels

The Wild Places

Robert (Y) Macfarlane

£9.99 £9.29

Wilderness areas of the British Isles

Lost Japan

Alex Kerr

£9.99 £9.29


The Salt Path: The 80-week Sunday Times bestseller that has inspired over half a million readers

Raynor Winn

£9.99 £9.29

The uplifting true story of the couple who lost everything and embarked on a journey of salvation across the windswept South West coastline.

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

Eric Newby

£9.99 £9.29

A classic of travel writing, 'A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush' is Eric Newby's iconic account of his journey through one of the most remote and beautiful wildernesses on earth. It was 1956, and Eric Newby was earning an improbable living in the chaotic family business of London haute couture. Pining for adventure, Newby sent his friend Hugh Carless the now-famous cable - CAN YOU TRAVEL NURISTAN JUNE? - setting in motion a legendary journey from Mayfair to Afghanistan, and the mountains of the Hindu Kush, north-east of Kabul.

Without Ever Reaching the Summit: A Himalayan Journey

Paolo Cognetti

£10.99 £10.22

Paolo Cognetti marked his 40th birthday with a journey he had always wanted to make: to Dolpo, a remote Himalayan region where Nepal meets Tibet. He took with him two friends, a notebook, mules and guides, and a well-worn copy of The Snow Leopard.

Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country

Bill Bryson

£10.99 £10.22

Australia and Bill really gives you a sense of the place, its quirks, and the people using some very entertaining storytelling and history.

Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town

Paul Theroux

£10.99 £10.22

Africa from top to bottom. Travelling across bush and desert, down rivers and across lakes, and through country after country, Theroux visits some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth, and some of the most dangerous.

My Family and Other Animals

Gerald Durrell

£7.99 £7.43

Life in Corfu with ten-year-old Gerald who doesn't know why his older brothers and sisters complain so much. With snakes in the bath and scorpions on the lunch table, the family home on the Greek island of Corfu is a bit like a zoo so they should feel right at home... Gerald joyfully pursues his interest in natural history in the midst of an unconventional and chaotic family life - all brilliantly retold in this very funny book.

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

Alfred Lansing

£9.99 £9.29

This action-packed book details the difficult struggles of the 28 man crew onboard the Endurance ship in 1914, as they set sail for Antarctica. After almost 2 years at sea, and only 1 day away from reaching their destination, the ship was crushed by a large pack of floating ice in the Weddell Sea, leaving the men stranded on the pack ice.

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