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How Football (Nearly) Came Home - Adventures in Putin's World Cup (Hardcover): Barney Ronay How Football (Nearly) Came Home - Adventures in Putin's World Cup (Hardcover)
Barney Ronay 1
R401 R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Save R111 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The summer of 2018: England sweltered in the most sustained heatwave for 42 years, the government tore itself apart over deals and no deals, and hundreds of miles away, in a taciturn and strange state, the national football team did the unthinkable in the World Cup: they didn't screw it up. The England team that touched down in Russia for the 2018 World Cup was a new-look outfit: there were no real stars, no overblown egos, and no dickheads. Still reeling from the wincing exit to Iceland in the 2016 Euros, expectations were at an all-time low. Qualification had been smooth if not spectacular, and pundits and fans alike were lukewarm about the team's chances. Just avoiding embarrassment would have counted as some kind of success. As the tournament kicked off, a stunningly stage-managed occasion by Putin and his cronies at FIFA, we all took a deep inhale of breath and waited for the inevitable: technical ineptitude and crap penalties. How wrong we were. Over the next three weeks, as back home we dissolved in the heat, our football team gave us reason to believe. We squeaked a win against Tunisia, trounced Panama and had a great tactical defeat to Belgium to open up the draw to the final. We all bought waistcoats and eulogised Southgate's calm, fatherly manner. We all fell in love with `Slabhead', aka Harry Maguire. And we did it all to the tune of `It's Coming Home'. Barney Ronay was there through the whole tournament, criss-crossing over Russia as he followed the England team, and the rest, on their quest for glory. Here, he captures the sights and sounds, the twists and turns, the bad food and the great football that contributed into making this World Cup one of the greatest of all time.

Voyage in Vain - Coleridge's Journey to Malta in 1804 (Paperback, New edition): Alethea Hayter Voyage in Vain - Coleridge's Journey to Malta in 1804 (Paperback, New edition)
Alethea Hayter
R269 Discovery Miles 2 690 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the spring of 1804 Coleridge sailed to the Mediterranean in the hope of restoring his health, recreating his poetic energies and solving his emotional problems. During the voyage he kept a very detailed diary. This title combines the pleasures of researched biography, and criticism and social history, with the narrative sweep of a novel.

George Sand and Frederick Chopin in Majorca (Hardcover, New Ed): George Sand George Sand and Frederick Chopin in Majorca (Hardcover, New Ed)
George Sand
R4,555 Discovery Miles 45 550 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

George Sand recounts the story of her 1838 winter in Majorca, a winter she passed in the company of Frederick Chopin. She describes the natural beauties of Majorca as well as the rumblings of approaching war.

Camp Life and Sport in Dalmatia and the Herzegovina (Hardcover): Snaffle Camp Life and Sport in Dalmatia and the Herzegovina (Hardcover)
Snaffle
R4,187 Discovery Miles 41 870 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This largely unknown travel book, written by a sporting and hunting enthusiast in 1896, recalls his journey with his wife and two dachshunds in what was then a largely unknown part of Europe. Not even Thomas Cook had conducted tours east of Trieste, and our two travelers were exploring territory less well known to the Victorian traveler at the time than Egypt or Brazil.

Observations on the River Wye (Hardcover): William Gilpin Observations on the River Wye (Hardcover)
William Gilpin; Introduction by Richard Humphreys 1
R455 R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Save R93 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The work that launched the picturesque movement and changed our ways of looking at landscape forever. A witty, elegant, opinionated pilgrimage of taste. Complete with seventeen aquatints drawn by Gilpin as examples of perfected landscape. Introduced by Richard Humphreys, who was Curator of Programme Research at Tate Britain and lead curator of their 'A Picture of Britain' exhibition.

Canoeing in the Wilderness (Paperback): Henry David Thoreau Canoeing in the Wilderness (Paperback)
Henry David Thoreau
R209 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R40 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
How Football (Nearly) Came Home - Adventures in Putin's World Cup (Paperback): Barney Ronay How Football (Nearly) Came Home - Adventures in Putin's World Cup (Paperback)
Barney Ronay
R272 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R74 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The summer of 2018: England sweltered in the most sustained heatwave for 42 years, the government tore itself apart over deals and no deals, and hundreds of miles away, in a taciturn and strange state, the national football team did the unthinkable in the World Cup: they didn't screw it up. The England team that touched down in Russia for the 2018 World Cup was a new-look outfit: there were no real stars, no overblown egos, and no dickheads. Still reeling from the wincing exit to Iceland in the 2016 Euros, expectations were at an all-time low. Qualification had been smooth if not spectacular, and pundits and fans alike were lukewarm about the team's chances. Just avoiding embarrassment would have counted as some kind of success. As the tournament kicked off, a stunningly stage-managed occasion by Putin and his cronies at FIFA, we all took a deep inhale of breath and waited for the inevitable: technical ineptitude and crap penalties. How wrong we were. Over the next three weeks, as back home we dissolved in the heat, our football team gave us reason to believe. We squeaked a win against Tunisia, trounced Panama and had a great tactical defeat to Belgium to open up the draw to the final. We all bought waistcoats and eulogised Southgate's calm, fatherly manner. We all fell in love with 'Slabhead', aka Harry Maguire. And we did it all to the tune of 'It's Coming Home'. Barney Ronay was there through the whole tournament, criss-crossing over Russia as he followed the England team, and the rest, on their quest for glory. Here, he captures the sights and sounds, the twists and turns, the bad food and the great football that contributed into making this World Cup one of the greatest of all time.

The Lost City of Z - A Legendary British Explorer's Deadly Quest to Uncover the Secrets of the Amazon (Paperback, Film... The Lost City of Z - A Legendary British Explorer's Deadly Quest to Uncover the Secrets of the Amazon (Paperback, Film Tie-In)
David Grann 2
R318 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R129 (41%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

**NOW A MAJOR FILM STARRING ROBERT PATTINSON, CHARLIE HUNNAM AND SIENNA MILLER** 'A riveting, exciting and thoroughly compelling tale of adventure'JOHN GRISHAM The story of Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, the inspiration behind Conan Doyle's The Lost World Fawcett was among the last of a legendary breed of British explorers. For years he explored the Amazon and came to believe that its jungle concealed a large, complex civilization, like El Dorado. Obsessed with its discovery, he christened it the City of Z. In 1925, Fawcett headed into the wilderness with his son Jack, vowing to make history. They vanished without a trace. For the next eighty years, hordes of explorers plunged into the jungle, trying to find evidence of Fawcett's party or Z. Some died from disease and starvation; others simply disappeared. In this spellbinding true tale of lethal obsession, David Grann retraces the footsteps of Fawcett and his followers as he unravels one of the greatest mysteries of exploration. 'A wonderful story of a lost age of heroic exploration' Sunday Times 'Marvellous ... An engrossing book whose protagonist could out-think Indiana Jones' Daily Telegraph 'The best story in the world, told perfectly' Evening Standard 'A fascinating and brilliant book' Malcolm Gladwell

Georgia in the Mountains of Poetry (Paperback): Peter Nasmyth Georgia in the Mountains of Poetry (Paperback)
Peter Nasmyth 1
R404 R368 Discovery Miles 3 680 Save R36 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Peter Nasmyth has lived in and travelled extensively throughout Georgia for the last 32 years. Georgia in the Mountains of Poetry is his fascinating account of this historically rich and drama loving country, based on his travels and hundreds of wide-ranging interviews. Reprinted numerous times, it remains the only comprehensive book on Georgia's history and culture written for the general reader, now substantially revised and expanded for this new edition. Georgia - no larger than Ireland - is the most geographical diverse country in the world for its size. It borders on the Black Sea and contains the heart of the Caucasus mountains, as well as subtropical wetlands and semi-arid regions. Stone towers attest to its 3,000-year-old history, which has witnessed the thousand-year reign of the Bagratuni monarchy, the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, a bitter civil war, the celebration of its independence in 1991 and the arrival of full democracy in 2012. Yet little is known about this remarkable nation outside its borders. Georgia in the Mountains of Poetry is the first book to provide its full inner story and remains essential reading for anyone interested in this fascinating region set on the historic far borders of Europe and Asia.

The Journey and Ordeal of Cabeza De Vaca - His Account of the Disasterous First European Exploration of the American Southwest... The Journey and Ordeal of Cabeza De Vaca - His Account of the Disasterous First European Exploration of the American Southwest (Paperback)
Alvar Nunez Cabeza De Vaca
R310 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R58 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Of the 300 Spanish explorers who set out to discover and conquer the wilderness of North America, only four returned--after covering about 6,000 miles in the course of eight harrowing years. Cabeza de Vaca's incredible account of his 1528-1536 expedition of what is now the southern and southwestern United States and northern Mexico is unparalleled in the history of exploration. The first European to see and report sightings of the buffalo and the Mississippi River, he presents a narrative that crackles with excitement and suspense, from interactions with friendly and hostile Indians and observations on their culture, to passionate descriptions of the pristine beauty of the American wilderness. Unabridged republication of"

Journal of a Residence in Chile during the Year 1822, and a Voyage from Chile to Brazil in 1823 (Paperback): Maria Graham Journal of a Residence in Chile during the Year 1822, and a Voyage from Chile to Brazil in 1823 (Paperback)
Maria Graham; Edited by Jennifer Hayward
R844 Discovery Miles 8 440 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In 1821, Maria Dundas Graham sailed for South America on H.M.S. Doris, a ship sent to protect British mercantile interests in that volatile region. After her husband, the ship's captain Thomas Graham, died en route, the newly widowed Maria Graham landed in Valparaiso, Chile. Resisting all efforts to hustle her back to England, Graham, a professional writer and highly educated woman, rented herself a cottage in the Chilean--not the British--section of Valparaiso and traveled through Chile for nine months until driven out by a major earthquake and the threat of civil war.

The resulting Journal of a Residence in Chile (1824) tells the gripping story of a gothic heroine in a dangerous but fascinating new land. The author has an eye for detail and a gift for storytelling, and so she creates a travel narrative with a compelling plot and vividly realized characters.

Among the first travel narratives authored by a woman, Graham's Journal establishes literary strategies for travel texts to follow and shows clear differences from male narratives of the same period. The Journal, with Jennifer Hayward's illuminating new biographical and critical essays and appendices, is also invaluable for scholars and general readers interested in Latin America. Graham provides one of the few firsthand accounts in English of the independence movements in South America, meets with many of the major historical figures involved, provides detailed historical and political readings of events, and depicts Chile of the 1820s in accurate and loving detail.

South (Paperback, 2nd Second Edition, Second ed.): Merlin Coverley South (Paperback, 2nd Second Edition, Second ed.)
Merlin Coverley 1
R355 R246 Discovery Miles 2 460 Save R109 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Consul in Paradise - Seventy-Four Years in Siam (Paperback, Main): W.A.R. Wood Consul in Paradise - Seventy-Four Years in Siam (Paperback, Main)
W.A.R. Wood
R372 R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Save R70 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Consul in Paradise describes a life full of interest, and a world that is now long past. Embracing all of Siamese life we discover a racing stable with just one pony and Siam expertise in beetle fighting, the Siamese language and etiquette, and the nuances between the mountain tribes. It relates a distant period of diplomacy, a time when Wood's duties could include concocting love potions, exorcising evil spirits (at one time from a rice bin), and creating huge straw hats to protect elephants from sunstroke. This evocative portrait of a corner of the British Empire, an entertaining encounter between Victorian Britain and Siam, "consists merely of a little of the froth collected by a cork which has floated for 68 years on the seas of Siamese and Anglo-Siamese life".

William Chapman  - Reminiscences (Hardcover): Nicol Stassen William Chapman - Reminiscences (Hardcover)
Nicol Stassen
R375 R351 Discovery Miles 3 510 Save R24 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

At age 60 William Chapman began writing down his memoirs and this book contains his engaging and enjoyable diary entries in the late nineteenth century.

The book is divided as follows:

  • the story of his life (called “Reminiscences concerning the life of William James Bushnell Chapman”) until 1902, written at his home Mont Verdun or Sandula, Mombolo, Angola and dated 22nd March 1918, his sixtieth birthday anniversary.
  • his reminiscences from 1903 to 1916
  • an account of the entry of the Trek-Boers into Angola and of their sojourn during the forty-eight years they struggled in that country under Portuguese rule, which he was still writing in 1932.
Chapman grew up in Cape Town but was determined to go to Damaraland, being bent on following the life his father had led. He succumbed to the call of freedom and his ambition to become a big game hunter. He desired to see the hunting fields, the forests, the game, and everything he had read of in books of travel, He left Table Bay in 1874 for Walvis Bay and started his adventures from there. He tells of his life as a trader, also active in hunting, transport riding, road building, cattle farming, agriculture, gold prospecting, and an agent for the supply of wagons. Chapman’s narrations of his journeys, travels and encounters are fascinating and give insight into the adventurous life at that time.

Through these diaries, and with extensive research by Nicol Stassen, we are offered a unique insight into Chapmans’s journeys, travels and encounters.

More Dashing - Further Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor (Paperback): Patrick Leigh Fermor More Dashing - Further Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor (Paperback)
Patrick Leigh Fermor; Volume editing by Adam Sisman 1
R349 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R64 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The second volume of exuberant, lively letters from legendary travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor

The first collection of letters from Patrick Leigh Fermor, Dashing for the Post, delighted critics and public alike. This second volume, More Dashing, presents a further selection of letters that exude a zest for life and adventure characteristic of the man known to all as 'Paddy'.

Paddy's exuberant letters contain glimpses of the great and the good: a chance conversation with the Foreign Secretary, Anthony Eden, when Paddy opens the wrong door, or a glass of ouzo under the pine trees with Harold Macmillan. They describe encounters with such varied figures as Jackie Onassis, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Oswald Mosley and Peter Mandelson, while also relating adventures with the humble: a 'pick-nick' with the stonemasons at Kardamyli, or a drunken celebration in the Cretan mountains with his old comrades from the Resistance, most of them simple shepherds and goatherds. Paddy was at ease in any company - unfailingly charming, boyish, gentle and fun.

Patrick Leigh Fermor has long been recognised as one of the greatest travel writers of his time. Nowhere is his restless curiosity and delight in language more dazzlingly displayed than in his letters, skilfully edited in this collection by Adam Sisman.

Two Mountains and a River Paperback - I Made a Resolve Not to Begin Climbing Until Assured by a Plague of Flies That Summer Had... Two Mountains and a River Paperback - I Made a Resolve Not to Begin Climbing Until Assured by a Plague of Flies That Summer Had Really Come (Paperback, New edition)
H.W. Tilman; Foreword by Gerda Pauler
R379 R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Save R54 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

H.W. Tilman's Two Mountains and a River picks up where Mount Everest 1938 left off. In this instalment of adventures, Tilman and two Swiss mountaineers set off for the Gilgit region of the Himalaya with the formidable objective of an attempt on the giant Rakaposhi (25,550 feet). However, this project was not to be fulfilled. Not one to be dispirited, Tilman and his various accomplices - including pioneering mountaineer and regular partner Eric Shipton - continue to trek and climb in locations across China, Pakistan, Afghanistan and other areas of Asia, including the Kukuay Glacier, Muztagh Ata, the source of the Oxus river, and Ishkashim, where the author was arrested on suspicion of being a spy ... Two Mountains and a River brims with the definitive Tilman qualities - detailed observations and ever-present humour - that convey a strong appreciation of the adventures and mishaps he experiences along the way. With a new foreword from prominent trekker, climber and lecturer, Gerda Pauler, this classic mountaineering text maintains Tilman's name as a unique and inquisitive explorer and raconteur.

A Journey into Mohawk and Oneida Country, 1634-1635 - The Journal of Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert (Paperback, Revised... A Journey into Mohawk and Oneida Country, 1634-1635 - The Journal of Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert (Paperback, Revised ed.)
Charles T. Gehring, William A. Starna
R564 Discovery Miles 5 640 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A detailed journal/daily log of a 1634 expedition of three individuals into Fort Orange (now Albany New York) that serves as a detailed account of the Mohawk and the Oneida tribes, their settlements, modes of subsistence and healing rituals. This revised edition, includes a new preface, the original Dutch transcription, updated endnotes and bibliography.

The Spirit of London (Hardcover): Paul Cohen-Portheim The Spirit of London (Hardcover)
Paul Cohen-Portheim; Foreword by Simon Jenkins
R530 R373 Discovery Miles 3 730 Save R157 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A reissue of a truly classic title on the Batsford backlist. First published in 1935, it is a wonderful snapshot of our capital before the Second World War, and a charming insight into our attitudes to urban life back in the Thirties. Our posh guide Cohen-Portheim offers us his interpretation of life in London through her people, her buildings and her history. The chapters include: Towns within Town Streets and their Life Green London London and the Arts London Amusements and Night Life Hotels and Restaurants Traditional London London and the British London and the Foreigner (surprisingly liberal!) It includes the iconic Brian Cook cover illustration of Ludgate Circus and St Pauls, and should be sought after for that alone. Add in the charm of the authentic voice of a 1930s Londoner, it should be enjoyed by all Londoners.

Journeys of a German England - A Walking Tour of England in 1782 (Paperback): Carl Philip Moritz Journeys of a German England - A Walking Tour of England in 1782 (Paperback)
Carl Philip Moritz; Translated by Reginald Nettel
R425 R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Save R123 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 1782 an enthusiastic young German landed in England. Through the fresh eyes of a foreigner we get a wonderful insight into what has or hasn't changed within the last two hundred years. In a series of letters home he describes his amazement at the number of English people who wore spectacles, the amount they drank, the dreadful food they ate, the expense of a simple salad, the drunkenness of the dons, the riotous behaviour in Parliament, and the high level of education among ordinary people.

The Innocents Abroad (Paperback): Mark Twain The Innocents Abroad (Paperback)
Mark Twain; Introduction by Stuart Hutchinson; Series edited by Keith Carabine
R95 R83 Discovery Miles 830 Save R12 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Who could read the programme for the excursion without longing to make one of the party?'
So Mark Twain acclaims his voyage from New York City to Europe and the Holy Land in June 1867. His adventures produced "The Innocents Abroad," a book so funny and provocative it made him an international star for the rest of his life. He was making his first responses to the Old World - to Paris, Milan, Florence, Venice, Pompeii, Constantinople, Sebastopol, Balaklava, Damascus, Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem. For the first time he was seeing the great paintings and sculptures of the 'Old Masters'. He responded with wonder and amazement, but also with exasperation, irritation, disbelief. Above all he displayed the great energy of his humour, more explosive for us now than for his beguiled contemporaries.

Hakluyt's Promise - An Elizabethan's Obsession for an English America (Hardcover): Peter C. Mancall Hakluyt's Promise - An Elizabethan's Obsession for an English America (Hardcover)
Peter C. Mancall
R958 Discovery Miles 9 580 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Richard Hakluyt the younger, a contemporary of William Shakespeare, advocated the creation of English colonies in the New World at a time when the advantages of this idea were far from self-evident. This book describes in detail the life and times of Hakluyt, a trained minister who became an editor of travel accounts. "Hakluyt's Promise" demonstrates his prominent role in the establishment of English America as well as his interests in English opportunities in the East Indies. The volume presents nearly 50 illustrations--many unpublished since the sixteenth century--and offers a fresh view of Hakluyt's milieu and the central concerns of the Elizabethan age.
Though he never traveled farther than Paris, young Hakluyt spent much of the 1580s recording information about the western hemisphere and became an international authority on overseas exploration. The book traces his rise to prominence as a source of information and inspiration for England's policy makers, including the queen, and his advocacy for colonies in Roanoke and Jamestown. Hakluyt's thought was shaped by debates that stretched across Europe, and his interests ranged just as widely, encompassing such topics as peaceful coexistence with Native Americans, the New World as a Protestant Holy Land, and in, his later life, trade with the Spice Islands.

Alone Time - Four seasons, four cities and the pleasures of solitude (Paperback): Stephanie Rosenbloom Alone Time - Four seasons, four cities and the pleasures of solitude (Paperback)
Stephanie Rosenbloom 1
R303 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R53 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Full of heart.' Michael Harris, author of Solitude Being alone isn't something to endure - it's something to relish. ________ The average adult spends about a third of his or her waking time alone. Yet research suggests we aren't very good at using, never mind enjoying, alone time. Rising to the challenge, travel writer Stephanie Rosenbloom explores the joys and benefits of being alone in four mouth-watering journeys to the cities of Paris, Istanbul, Florence and New York, in four seasons. This is a book about the pleasures and benefits of savouring the moment, examining things closely, using all your senses to take in your surroundings, whether travelling to faraway places or walking the streets of your own city. Through on-the-ground observations and anecdotes, and drawing on the thinking of artists, writers and innovators who have cherished solitude, Alone Time illuminates the psychological arguments for alone time and lays bare the magic of going solo.

The Middle Passage - Impressions of Five Colonial Societies (Paperback): V. S. Naipaul The Middle Passage - Impressions of Five Colonial Societies (Paperback)
V. S. Naipaul
R210 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R29 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In 1960 the government of Trinidad invited V. S. Naipaul to revisit his native country and record his impressions. In this classic of modern travel writing he has created a deft and remarkably prescient portrait of Trinidad and four adjacent Caribbean societies-countries haunted by the legacies of slavery and colonialism and so thoroughly defined by the norms of Empire that they can scarcely believe that the Empire is ending.
In The Middle Passage, Naipaul watches a Trinidadian movie audience greeting Humphrey Bogart's appearance with cries of "That is man " He ventures into a Trinidad slum so insalubrious that the locals call it the Gaza Strip. He follows a racially charged election campaign in British Guiana (now Guyana) and marvels at the Gallic pretension of Martinique society, which maintains the fiction that its roads are extensions of France's "routes nationales." And throughout he relates the ghastly episodes of the region's colonial past and shows how they continue to inform its language, politics, and values. The result is a work of novelistic vividness and dazzling perspicacity that displays Naipaul at the peak of his powers.

Bitter Lemons of Cyprus (Paperback, Main): Lawrence Durrell Bitter Lemons of Cyprus (Paperback, Main)
Lawrence Durrell
R245 R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Save R40 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Bitter Lemons of Cyprus is Lawrence Durrell's unique account of his time in Cyprus, during the 1950s Enosis movement for freedom of the island from British colonial rule. Winner of the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, it is a document at once personal, poetic and subtly political - a masterly combination of travelogue, memoir and treatise. 'He writes as an artist, as well as a poet; he remembers colour and landscape and the nuances of peasant conversation . . . Eschewing politics, it says more about them than all our leading articles . . . In describing a political tragedy it often has great poetic beauty.' Kingsley Martin, New Statesman 'Durrell possesses exceptional qualifications. He speaks Greek fluently; he has a wide knowledge of modern Greek history, politics and literature; he has lived in continental Greece and has spent many years in other Greek islands . . . His account of this calamity is revelatory, moving and restrained. It is written in the sensitive and muscular prose of which he is so consummate a master.' Harold Nicolson, Observer

In The South Seas Hb (Hardcover, New Ed): Stevenson In The South Seas Hb (Hardcover, New Ed)
Stevenson
R4,179 Discovery Miles 41 790 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the story of Stevenson's Pacific travels on the Casco and the Equator. It is a beautifully observed account of island peoples and their life; it is also the story of the beginning of his love affair with the Pacific, and of his growing commitment to the island cause. "In the South Seas" has been described as "the most solid of Stevenson's general writings;" it is certainly his least known book as well as a unique gem of Pacific literature, and richly deserves to be rediscovered.

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