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Australia is a collection of iconic images collaged to create a quintessential Australian experience, showing the cities and countryside on offer. This book of photographs is designed to take the viewer on a trip around Australia and would appeal to the tourist and local alike. Having travelled through Europe as a tourist taking photographs of any thing and everything, Susan Peters wondered what it would be like to do the same in her own country. Australia is the result. Starting her tour in Sydney, then Canberra and on to Melbourne. Queensland is well represented with images of Brisbane, the Gold Coast, The Whitsundays and Cairns. Darwin and Uluru, Perth, South Australia and Tasmania are all included. A key figure in the establishment of the Greater Newcastle Building Society. This book sets out to chart the remarkable career of this inspirational Novocastrian.
The walks in this guide introduce the many facets of the Southern Highlands and range from easy loch-side strolls to strenuous expeditions onto some of the area's highest mountains. Walking in Scotland is quite different from walking south of the border. In England there are only eight summits that top 3000 ft, while in Scotland there are 277, with 45 of them situated in the Southern Highlands. Walks taking in the mountains of the National Park include Beinn Dubh, Ben Vorlich, The Cobbler, Ben Ledi, Ben Lomond and Ben Venue. The Trossachs are particularly spectacular when clothed in autumn colours and provided the setting for The Lady of the Lake and Rob Roy, by Sir Walter Scott. The Ochil Hills, Loch Lomond and the West Highland Way are also included, and there is an opportunity to see Stirling and the Wallace monument, overlooking the scene of the Scottish patriot's victory over Edward I.
Our Garden Route Guide will take you on a magical journey along South Africa’s Garden Route while exploring the beauties and hidden secrets of our natural heritage. Filled with detailed and up-to-date information, this book tells you where to go, how to get there and what you’ll find in the area: hikes, drives, mountain bike and adventure routes; whale watching, birding hot spots; fauna and flora; maps from Still Bay to Storms River; historical, environmental, cultural and geological info. This ‘must have’ guide will enhance your experience, and will certainly expand your knowledge of the area. This book will appeal to tourists and locals, holiday makers, hikers, bikers, walkers, birders, outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers and guides!
Brittany's richly layered landscape has contributed depth and character to the region's traditional oral culture, from stories of the sea and shore to tales of misty moors, sacred hill-tops and secretive forests. Evangelizing Dark Age saints from Britain laid the foundations of Breton language and society, imposing Christianity on the landscape and in the minds of the people. Their legacy rests visually in the prolific spread of chapels, churches and cathedrals, and the Celtic language still preserved with pride. Right on the edge of Europe, the region has been vulnerable to assault and exploitation. Franks, Vikings, English, Germans have all made their mark, resisted at every turn with resilience. The problematic relationship with neighbouring France before and after Union in 1532 has left wounds to this day. The rapacity of the ancien regime was followed by deprivation of privileges during the Revolution, attacks on religion and subsequent suppression of the Breton language which struck at the very heart of Brittany. The nineteenth century combined economic stagnation with growing interest in Celtic roots, fuelling the search for that ultimate chimera - Breton identity. Historians and poets began to assert the distinct character of the region, while foreign travellers also left accounts of a people speaking an unfathomable language and appearing a race apart. This "primitivism" coupled with the lure of the mysterious megaliths created an image of wild exoticism, and made Brittany a prime target for tourists and artists. Today the past is perpetuated and the future welcomed in a packed festival calendar of Celtic music and Breton culture. Yet for all its modernity, Brittany remains as intensely complex and challenging to preconceived notions as ever. LANDSCAPE AND LEGENDS: Marches of Brittany; Druids and megaliths; St-Malo and sea adventures; mysteries of the Monts d'Arree; Merlin in the Foret de Broceliande. COMPLEXITY AND AMBIGUITY: part of France yet a separate world; nationalism, regionalism, resistance, unity and division of language; four departments or five? WRITERS AND ARTISTS: Chaucer, Balzac, Hugo, Flaubert, Ernest Renan, Thomas Adolphus Trollope, Arthur de la Borderie, Mathurin Meheut, Max Jacob, Yves Tanguy.
South African Battles describes 36 battles spread over five centuries. These are not the well-trodden battlefields of standard histories, but generally lesser-known ones. Some were of critical importance, while some were infinitely curious.
Who, for instance, has heard of the battles of Nakob, Middelpos, Mome Gorge or Mushroom Valley? Who knows about the four black women that Bartolomeu Dias brought with him on his pioneering voyage of exploration? Who knows that there was a significant battle in what is now the Kruger National Park in 1725? Who knows about the military episode where not a shot was fired but which brought South Africa into the Great War? Who knows that Germany once invaded South Africa?
Written in a light, humorous and personal style, each chapter is self-contained, like a short story. They can be read one a night, and mulled over next day with the promise of further enjoyment to come. South African Battles is an ideal bedside book, as well as an engaging travel companion.
But there is also a twist in the tale at the end. Caveat lector, or lectrix!
'The best book I have read about Tokyo written this century' David Peace
For over 300 years, Japan closed itself to outsiders, developing a remarkable and unique culture. During its period of isolation, the inhabitants of the city of Edo, later known as Tokyo, relied on its public bells to tell the time. In her remarkable book, Anna Sherman tells of her search for the bells of Edo, exploring the city of Tokyo and its inhabitants and the individual and particular relationship of Japanese culture - and the Japanese language - to time, tradition, memory, impermanence and history.
Through Sherman’s journeys around the city and her friendship with the owner of a small, exquisite cafe, who elevates the making and drinking of coffee to an art-form, The Bells of Old Tokyo presents a series of hauntingly memorable voices in the labyrinth that is the metropolis of the Japanese capital: An aristocrat plays in the sea of ashes left by the Allied firebombing of 1945. A scientist builds the most accurate clock in the world, a clock that will not lose a second in five billion years. A sculptor eats his father’s ashes while the head of the house of Tokugawa reflects on the destruction of his grandfather’s city (‘A lost thing is lost. To chase it leads to darkness’).
The result is a book that not only engages with the striking otherness of Japanese culture like no other, but that also marks the arrival of a dazzling new writer as she presents an absorbing and alluring meditation on life through an exploration of a great city and its people.
The small Sussex town of Battle owes its very name and creation to the famous Battle of Hastings which took place here in 1066; the most decisive and important battle to have ever taken place in England. Following Duke William of Normandy's crowning victory, Battle prospered through the Middle Ages as a market town, a tradition which continues to this day. Always dominating the landscape of the town has been the magnificent Abbey which William created to celebrate his victory.Through a collection of largely Edwardian photographs, this book tells the story of Battle and the beautiful, historic surrounding villages of Catsfield, Westfield, Sedlescombe, and Crowhurst; each village steeped in its own rich history. Around Battle Through Time is essential reading for anyone who knows and loves this little Sussex town.
Tobermory, the principal town on the island of Mull, is one of the prettiest towns in the Hebrides. Its principal street, Main Street, with its buildings painted in distinctive bright colours, is also one of the most well-known views in Scotland.This book includes the work of three local photographers, uniquely qualified to capture the spirit of this magical place in all its moods. In addition to pictures of the town, its views, surrounding countryside and wildlife - on land and sea - it also features the people of Tobermory itself, at work and at leisure. The result is a vivid portrait of a vibrant community in an exquisitely beautiful natural setting.
Photographer Jonathan Higbee spent years painstakingly documenting fleeting juxtapositions on the streets of New York. These intersections of passers-by, street signs, billboards, and more take on new meaning and life through the lens of Higbee's camera: as a dancer on a stage of trash, graffiti unfurling from a backpack, to even a giant casually walking the streets of the city. Each photograph captures the wit, joy, and surrealism of everyday life in a sometimes chaotic world. Featuring new photographs, as well as seminal photos from his initial series, Coincidences is Higbee's self-professed love letter to New York and its moments of serendipity.
Did you know that trains used to travel by sail across the Angus countryside, that Scotland produced a Queen of Morocco, saw the death of Queen Guinevere and elected a Queen of the island of Handa?In this marvellously entertaining and informative book, Ann Lindsay introduces a huge range of quirky, intriguing and amusing details about Scotland's past and present. Some of what she reveals is verifiable by fact, some shrouded in mystery and superstition. Packed with information on curious places, bizarre happenings and perplexing oddities, Hidden Scotland will surprise even the most erudite student of Scottish culture. It includes instructions on how to get to all the places mentioned in the book, making it an indispensable companion to those keen to explore the more alternative destinations on Scotland's tourist trail.
Photography -- Southern Studies -- Travel
There is no place in America like New Orleans's famed French Quarter.
With photographs and history, "The French Quarter of New Orleans" explores the unique evolution of this district. The author and photographer team to reveal how war, fire, floods, politics, cultural conflict, and architectural innovation shaped the Quarter.
In West Freeman's 160 color photographs the present-day romance of the Vieux Carre is here to savor. But "The French Quarter of New Orleans" moves beyond the Old World facades and into the heart and history of the many peoples-Spanish, French, Creole, Native American, African American, and Italians-who have lived here.
From humble, wooden French cottages to stately, brick Spanish Colonial mansions, from Madame John's Legacy to the St. Louis Cathedral, the Quarter's architecture enthralls, and Jim Fraiser's text creates an anecdotal walking tour of memorable and storied sites.
Studying buildings, Fraiser points out the struggle between native Creoles and newcomers in the replacement of Creole townhouses and cottages with "shotgun houses" and American Greek Revival homes. Freeman's photographs and Fraiser's text detail the historical significance and architectural styles of over one hundred structures.
The history of the Quarter teems with vagabonds and saints, warriors and playwrights, musicians, and politicians. Fraiser animates the fascinating story with such evocative figures as the pirate Jean Lafitte, the conquering general Andrew Jackson, and the voodoo queen Marie Laveau. Riverboat gamblers, ladies of the night, duelists, opera aficionados, plague victims, jazz musicians, charlatans, and Mardi Gras revelers populate the streets and edifices Fraiser describes.
For those who have visited the Quarter, this book will be a treasured memento of the district's unparalleled romance and flavor.
Jim Fraiser is the author of "Mississippi River Country Tales" (2001) and, with West Freeman, "The Majesty of the Mississippi Delta" (2002). He lives in Jackson, Mississippi.
West Freeman is a native of New Orleans. His photographic work has been featured in "Architectural Digest" and is in the permanent collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art.
From the leading photographer of Cuba, A Taste of Cuba is a stunning culinary and visual journey through Cuba that presents 75 authentic, never-before-shared recipes from the world's most inventive chefs. In a country shrouded in secrecy, a mouthwatering, but little-known food scene thrives. A Taste of Cuba offers unprecedented access into the kitchens of Cuba's top chefs, where the country's most delectable dishes are created and where the chefs share for the very first time, their brilliant techniques, inspiration, and best recipes. Renowned Cuba photographer Cynthia Carris Alonso and her Cuban husband, Jose Luis Alonso, take you with them on their ride through Havana and around the country, as they stop in Cuba's twenty top paladares-private, family owned establishments. Inside you'll see how Cuban chefs are world-class, resourceful, and inventive, adapting their dishes based on the changing ingredients available on the market. Between visits with the chefs, you'll walk the streets of Cuba, experiencing its vibrant, colorful culture and seeing its lush landscapes up close. A Taste of Cuba offers seventy-five original recipes supplied by Cuba's top chefs, tested and translated for an American kitchen by chef Valerie Feigen, allowing you to make staples such as ropa vieja, frijoles negros, and maduros-stewed beef, black beans, and sweet plantains-as well as for more elaborate dishes, such as eggplant caviar, fish tacos, and ham croquettes. It shares the recipe for La Cocina de Lilliam's life-changing bread, sweets such as dreamy alfajores con dulce de leche, Cuba's famous coffees, mojitos, and juices, and Ernest Hemingway's papa doble daiquiri of legend.
In 1984 Sebastiao Salgado began what would be a fifteen-month project of photographing the drought-stricken Sahel region of Africa in the countries of Chad, Ethiopia, Mali, and Sudan, where approximately one million people died from extreme malnutrition and related causes. Working with the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders, Salgado documented the enormous suffering and the great dignity of the refugees. This early work became a template for his future photographic projects about other afflicted people around the world. Since then, Salgado has again and again sought to give visual voice to those millions of human beings who, because of military conflict, poverty, famine, overpopulation, pestilence, environmental degradation, and other forms of catastrophe, teeter on the edge of survival. Beautifully produced, with thoughtful supporting narratives by Orville Schell, Fred Ritchin, and Eduardo Galeano, this first U.S. edition brings some of Salgado's earliest and most important work to an American audience for the first time. Twenty years after the photographs were taken, "Sahel: The End of the Road" is still painfully relevant. Born in Brazil in 1944, Sebastiao Salgado studied economics in Sao Paulo and Paris and worked in Brazil and England. While traveling as an economist to Africa, he began photographing the people he encountered. Working entirely in a black-and-white format, Salgado highlights the larger meaning of what is happening to his subjects with an imagery that testifies to the fundamental dignity of all humanity while simultaneously protesting its violation by war, poverty, and other injustices. 'The planet remains divided,' Salgado explains. 'The first world in a crisis of excess, the third world in a crisis of need.' This disparity between the haves and the have-nots is the subtext of almost all of Salgado's work.
A remarkable read; part memoir, part history, part social portrait, which captures the very essence of the city and university of Cambridge. Wide-ranging and eclectic, erudite and accessible, it introduces a varied cast of characters who have helped give Cambridge its special charm, from High Table to Low Fen. It ranges from the visits of Samuel Pepys and Daniel Defoe to Vladimir Nabokov's time at Trinity, by way of the religious turmoil of the seventeenth century and the wild-fowling prowess of college porters. Whether you are a first-time visitor or Cambridge has been your home for life, there will be plenty to amuse and surprise. There are jokes - Donnish ones, of course - and some college secrets are spilled: but it offers far more than a guide-book compendium. The author has lived and worked in the city since arriving from the North of England more than half a century ago, and combines the eye of an outsider with the love for a place he has made his home. Whether it is the way religion has shaped Cambridge's past, or the future prospects for this ever-expanding World City, Coming to Terms is our guide.
The craft brewing renaissance of recent decades has brought a renewed interest in hops. These vigorous vines, with their flavorful flowers, have long played a key role in beer making and in Oregon's agricultural landscape. This compendium of photographs offers a visual dive into the distinctive physical presence of hops in the state. From pickers and poles to cones and oasts, Kenneth I. Helphand brings the landscape and culture of hops to life. For much of the first half of the twentieth century, Oregon was the leading producer of hops in the United States, with the Willamette Valley deemed "the garden spot of the world for the cultivation of hops." The author has scoured archives across the state to gather together images of the hops landscape in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The photographs featured in Hops portray pickers of all backgrounds through different eras of agricultural practice. Here are children, nuns, families, immigrants, and college students in fields, hop driers, and tent camps. The photos range from the candid to the highly professional, including images from Dorothea Lange's iconic Farm Security Administration work. The 85 high-quality photographs are accompanied by captions that provide, variously, factual background, selections from oral histories, and visual guidance. A historical essay provides a short overview of the plant's history and the world of hop growing and picking.
Route 66 may never return as an American highway, but it will never disappear from our collective memory. The Mother Road touches our very soul, causing us to reflect on the past and reconsider our place in the present. A Matter of Time offers readers a fresh and different perspective. Documenting 101 distinct locations along historic Route 66, this book emphasizes forgotten and familiar places - relics of the past that are seldom, if ever, portrayed in print. Photographer Ellen Klinkel first traveled Route 66 in 2013. Immediately inspired to capture the road ""in its pure essence"" through the lens of her camera, she returned over the next four years to photograph various sites along the old highway. As she explains, the road is the ""main character"" in all her images, whether they depict a dramatic sky along Tornado Alley, a nightscape in the Mojave Desert, or a tranquil early morning on the Santa Monica Pier. She is drawn to places that evoke change and abandonment - especially ones that became obscure during the road's periodic rerouting - as well as revival. A Matter of Time follows the journey that so many Americans traveled for decades: starting from downtown Chicago, coursing through multiple states in the Midwest and Southwest, and culminating in Santa Monica, California, near Los Angeles. As a Route 66 historian and advocate, Nick Gerlich is deeply familiar with the entire route, both through personal experience and extensive research. His in-depth captions place Klinkel's photographs in historical and cultural context, enhancing our understanding of her haunting images. Together, photographer and historian inspire new and unexpected ways to appreciate America's Main Street.
A laugh-out-loud, poignant and uplifting ode to the simple pleasure and small joys in life. Perfect for fans of Gail Honeyman, Rosanna Ley and Ruth Hogan. "A lovely feel-good story" -Lisa, NetGalley reviewer "I adored this book... a wonderful discovery!" -Breves litteraires blog How do you find where you're going, if you've forgotten where you're from... WHAT READERS THINK "A wonderful read" -Abby, NetGalley reviewer "An ode to the simple pleasure and small joys in life." -Breves litteraires blog "A real treat!" -RTBF "A book full of light, sunshine and joy." -Lapresse.ca "The writing is soft, luminous, and full of hope." -Blogger "A delightful novel that celebrates the reading experience." -Tele 7 Jours Giacomo is stuck in a funk he can't shake - and a translation he can't finish. When he's summoned home to Sardinia, to say a final goodbye to his dying grandmother, he's offered the perfect opportunity to escape. On the noisy, sun-drenched island, Giacomo reconnects with long-lost friends and overbearing relatives, relives the childhood he once couldn't wait to leave behind, and rediscovers new joie-de-vivre within him. Never mind that he's making no progress on his translation. . . When the time comes to leave once more, Giacomo wonders: has he fallen back in love with his home-island? Or has he been hiding from something which he needs the courage to return and confront? But most importantly - is his grandma really as ill as she's claiming to be?
Advocating respect for human rights and responsible travel, this impassioned guide offers invaluable insights and advice to travelers who want to behave responsibly, protect civil liberties, and improve the lives of the citizens of the countries they visit. Behind the sandy beaches, panoramic vistas, picturesque villages, and historic treasures there often lies a bleak reality. This unusual travel book turns the traditional format on its head, offering less in the way of travel tips and more detailed information about the political, economic, and human rights status of destinations around the world. This activist handbook will help travelers feel good about venturing to their chosen destination and inspire them to stay involved in a practical way once they return.
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