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1 Ashman, Anastasia M. Tales from the Expat Harem
Seal Press 2006 1580051553 / 9781580051552 Paperback Fine 
As the Western world struggles to comprehend the paradoxes of modern Turkey , Tales from the Expat Harem reveals its most personal nuances. This illumi nating anthology provides a window into the country from the perspective of thirty-two expatriates from seven different nationsartists, entrepreneurs, Peace Corps volunteers, archaeologists, missionaries, and otherswho establ ished lives in Turkey for work, love, or adventure. Through narrative essay s covering the last four decades, these diverse women unveil the mystique o f the "Orient," describe religious conflict, embrace cultural discovery, an d maneuver familial traditions, customs, and responsibilities. Poignant, hu morous, and transcendent, the essays take readers to weddings and workplace s, down cobbled Byzantine streets, into boisterous bazaars along the Silk R oad, and deep into the feminine stronghold of steamy Ottoman bathhouses. Th e outcome is a stunning collection of voices from women suspended between t wo homes as they redefine their identities and reshape their worldviews. " 
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Travels in China, BARTHES, ROLAND
2 BARTHES, ROLAND Travels in China
Polity 2012 0745650805 / 9780745650807 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. In 1974 Roland Barthes travelled in China as part of a small delegation of distinguished French philosophers and literary figures. They arrived in Chi na just as the last stage of the Cultural Revolution was getting underway - the campaign to criticize Lin Biao and Confucius. While they were welcomed by writers and academics, the travelers were required to follow a pre-esta blished itinerary, visiting factories and construction sites, frequenting s hows and restaurants that were the mainstay of Western visitors to China in the 70s. Barthes planned to return from the trip with a book on China: the book never materialized, but he kept the diary notes he wrote at the time. The notes on things seen, smelled and heard alternate with reflections and remarks - meditations, critiques or notes of sympathy, an aside from the surrounding world. Published now for the first time more than thirty years after the trip, these notebooks offer a unique portrait of China at a time of turbulence and change, seen through the eyes of the world's greatest semiotician. 
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The City of Falling Angels, Berendt, John
3 Berendt, John The City of Falling Angels
Penguin 2006 0143036939 / 9780143036937 Paperback Near Fine 

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A Stranger in Tibet: Adventures of a Zen Monk - Life of Kawaguchi Ekai, Berry, Scott
4 Berry, Scott A Stranger in Tibet: Adventures of a Zen Monk - Life of Kawaguchi Ekai
Flamingo 1991 0006544517 / 9780006544517 Paperback Good 
In 1900 a young Japanese monk crossed from Nepal to Tibet and became the fi rst outsider to reach the forbidden city of Lhasa. The idiosyncratic explor er overcame robbery, starvation and an appalling sense of direction to fina lly meet the Dalai Lama, and become a successful doctor. 
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Never Feel a Stranger, Biddlecombe
5 Biddlecombe Never Feel a Stranger
BPR Publishers 2001 034911448X / 9780349114484 Paperback Very Good 
Dogs tucked into handbags, verbally polluted airline companions, electronic hotel door keys and ridiculous money pouches worn by xenophobic English to urists - these are just a few of Peter Biddlecombe's least favourite things . He has dragged his beleaguered expense account around no fewer than 170 c ountries of variable merit, and the 20 destinations in this volume include Peshawar, Ulan Bator, Kiev, Palermo, Belize, Mecca - and London., Having vi sited over 170 countries, businessman Peter Biddlecombe is the most well-tr avelled travel writer around. In his eighth collection of his international escapades, he once more brings his journeys hilariously to life, and lets of steam about the parts of travelling he likes the least: being passed bac k and forth between bank branch and call centre as he tries to order his tr aveller's cheques; the 'super-fit yahoos' who can't carry their designer su itcases but have to wheel them everywhere they go; the perils and pitfalls of the check-in desk and the loudspeaker announcements from Planet Stupid. From Peshawar to Palermo, Bishkek to Belieze City, Never Feel a Stranger fi nds Peter Biddlecombe at his irrepressible, irreverent best. 
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Faster, They're Gaining, Biddlecombe, Peter
6 Biddlecombe, Peter Faster, They're Gaining
Abacus 1998 034911062X / 9780349110622 Paperback Near Fine 
Living out of a briefcase has become a way of life for travelling businessm an Peter Biddlecombe. In this sixth volume of his dispatches from around th e world, he visits cities including Minsk, Valletta, La Paz, Mandalay and P rague, casting an irreverent eye over what he finds. 
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7 Bilton, Paul N. The Perpetual Tourist, In Search of a Swiss Role
Bergli Books Ltd 1994 395200023X / 9783952000236 Paperback Very Good 
From the Back Cover The entertaining diary of an Englishman living in Switzerland started as notes to remind him what to write to his family in England. Cultural values of the Swiss and the British have never been compared with such wit and insight, revealing the pleasures and pitfalls of cross-cultural adaptation. He discovers the many different ways the world is viewed in Switzerland, attitudes about having a good time, getting a job, queuing and paying meticulous attention to detail. He is astonished and amused at what the Swiss worry about -almost everything, things that most British people do not even notice. He is also shocked at what the Swiss do not worry about - like real candles on Christmas trees and lifts with no inner doors. Like a true tourist, he asks nave questions and is content with nave answers. He discovers the new and the novel, wakes up each day to a fresh adventure with surprises at every turn. A diary of unconventional spectacles. 
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Amazonian Penguin Book of New Womens Tra, Birkett, Sara Wheele
8 Birkett, Sara Wheele Amazonian Penguin Book of New Womens Tra
Penguin Putnam~trade 1998 0140268022 / 9780140268027 Paperback Very Good+ 
A collection of previously unpublished travel writing from women who are me mbers of the Amazonians club for women travel writers. Contributors include writers such as: Julia Blackburn, Robyn Davidson, Jenny Diski, Martha Gell horn and Katie Hickman. 
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Tickling the English, Briain, Dara O
9 Briain, Dara O Tickling the English
Michael Joseph 2009 0718154371 / 9780718154370 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A crisp clean hardcover, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-lib: Nostalgia, identity, eccentricity, gin drinking and occasional violence... these are just some of the themes that stand-up comedian Dara O Briain expl ores in Tickling the English. O Briain moved to England many years ago, but when he takes his show on tou r around the country - from deserted seaside towns and remote off-shore isl ands, to sprawling industrial cities and sleepy suburbs - it's clear to him that his adopted home is still a bit of an enigma. Why do the English pretend to be unhappy all the time? Why can't they accept they rank about 5th, in everything? And what's with all the fudge? But this Irishman loves a challenge; he's certainly got the gregarious pers onality and the sure-fire wit to bring down the barriers of that famous Eng lish reserve, and have a good old rummage inside. Swapping anecdotes with h is audiences and spending time wandering in their hometowns, this nosy neig hbour holds England up to the light while exploring some of the attitudes h e brought over here with him too. As Dara goes door-to-door in search of England in this part tour diary, part travelogue, the result is an affectionate, hilarious and often eye-opening journey through the Sceptred Isle. 
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A Walk in the Woods, Bryson, Bill
10 Bryson, Bill A Walk in the Woods
Black Swan 2015 178416111X / 9781784161118 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. In the company of his friend Stephen Katz (last seen in the bestselling Neither Here nor There), Bill Bryson set off to hike the Appalachian Trail, the longest continuous footpath in the world. Ahead lay almost 2,200 miles of remote mountain wilderness filled with bears, moose, bobcats, rattlesnakes, poisonous plants, disease-bearing tics, the occasional chuckling murderer and - perhaps most alarming of all - people whose favourite pastime is discussing the relative merits of the external-frame backpack. Facing savage weather, merciless insects, unreliable maps and a fickle companion whose profoundest wish was to go to a motel and watch The X-Files, Bryson gamely struggled through the wilderness to achieve a lifetime's ambition - not to die outdoors. 
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11 Bryson, Bill Down Under
Doubleday Publishing 2000 038540817X / 9780385408172 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. 
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Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country, Bryson, Bill
12 Bryson, Bill Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country
Black Swan 2001 055299703X / 9780552997034 Paperback Very Good 
It was as if I had privately discovered life on another planet, or a parall el universe where life was at once recognizably similar but entirely differ ent. I can't tell you how exciting it was. Insofar as I had accumulated my expectations of Australia at all in the intervening years, I had thought of it as a kind of alternative southern California, a place of constant sunsh ine and the cheerful vapidity of a beach lifestyle, but with a slightly Bri tish bent - a sort of Baywatch with cricket...' Of course, what greeted Bil l Bryson was something rather different. Australia is a country that exists on a vast scale. It is the world's sixth largest country and its largest i sland. It is the only island that is also a continent and the only continen t that is also a country. It is the driest, flattest, hottest, most desicca ted, infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents and still it teems with life - a large proportion of it quite deadly. In fa ct, Australia has more things that can kill you in a very nasty way than an ywhere else. This is a country where even the fluffiest of caterpillars can lay you out with a toxic nip, where seashells will not just sting you but actually sometimes go for you. If you are not stung or pronged to death in some unexpected manner, you may be fatally chomped by sharks or crocodiles, or carried helplessly out to sea by irresistable currents, or left to stag ger to an unhappy death in the baking outback. Ignoring such dangers - yet curiously obsessed by them - Bill Bryson journeyed to Australia and promptl y fell in love with the country. And who can blame him? The people are chee 
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13 Bryson, Bill Notes From A Small Island
Black Swan 1999 0552996009 / 9780552996006 Paperback Good 

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14 Carr, Elliott Walking the Shores of Cape Cod
On Cape Publications 1997 0965328325 / 9780965328326 Paperback Near Fine 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: "This is a gracious Book about walking. It is an important book about the s hore..." -- The Barnstable Patriot About the Author Elliott Carr writes frequently on the environment and economy for the Cape Cod Times and Cape Codder. President of the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank since 1982, he is the former president and chairman of the Massachusetts Bankers Association and a graduate of Dartmouth and of Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He lives in Brewster with his wife, Susan. 
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15 Carter, Paul Is That Thing Diesel?: One Man, One Bike and the First Lap Around Australia on Used Cooking Oil
Allen & Unwin 2011 1741757029 / 9781741757026 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. At forty years old, a successful writer, husband and father, was Paul Carter happily enjoying the fruits of his labour? He'd want to be the first guy to ride around Australia on an underpowered experimental motorcycle that runs on used cooking oil, wouldn't he? Embark on a rollickingly, downright dangerous and often unhinged quest 
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16 Cartwright, Justin Not yet home
Fourth Estate 1996 1857024036 / 9781857024036 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
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17 Clarkson, Jeremy Motorworld
Penguin UK 2004 0141017872 / 9780141017877 Paperback Very Good 
Jeremy Clarkson invites us to Motorworld, his take on different cultures an d the cars that they drive. There are ways and means of getting about that don't involve four wheels, but in this slice of vintage Clarkson, Jeremy is n't much interested in them. Back in 1996, he took himself off to 12 countr ies (okay, 11--he goes to America twice) in search of the hows, whys, and w herefores of different nationalities and their relationships with cars. The re were a few questions he needed answers to: Why, for instance, is it that Italians are more interested in looking good than looking where they are g oing? Why do Indians crash a lot? How can an Arab describe himself as "not a rich man" with four of the world's most expensive cars in his drive? And why have the otherwise neutral Swiss declared war on the car? From Cuba to Iceland, Australia to Vietnam, Japan to Texas, Jeremy Clarkson tells us of his adventures on and off four wheels as he seeks to discover just what it is that makes our motorworld tick over. 
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Lonely Planet Flightless: Incredible Journeys Without Leaving the Ground (T ravel Literature), Cobb, Ellie (ed)
18 Cobb, Ellie (ed) Lonely Planet Flightless: Incredible Journeys Without Leaving the Ground (T ravel Literature)
Lonely Planet 2008 1741790751 / 9781741790757 Paperback Good 
Is Getting There Really Half the Fun?The 26 real-life stories in this extra ordinary collection explore the complexities, delights and insights of surf ace travel, from walking to pedal boating, from camels to cargo ships and a nything from two to four wheels - or no wheels at all. Ever wondered just h ow far a tuk-tuk can take you? Who do you call when the ice cracks as you'r e walking across the Bering Straits? Do you know how long it takes to rolle rblade across the US? Ever considered riding a pizza-delivery bike through South America? Some of these writers explore a single destination, be it Oman, Japan or Italy, while others cross whole continents or circumnavigate the world. This inspiring and eclectic anthology includes contributions from well-known travel writers such as Tony Wheeler and Rory Stewart, environmentally responsible travel-bloggers, some favorite Lonely Planet authors and record-setting expeditioners. So sit back, relax and let your imagination do the flying. 
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Gifts of the Wild: A Woman's Book of Adventure, Conlon, Emerick & Goode
19 Conlon, Emerick & Goode Gifts of the Wild: A Woman's Book of Adventure
Seal Press 1998 1580050069 / 9781580050067 Paperback Very Good 
This book contains selections of women's adventures in the wilderness divid ed into 12 sections, each of which is described by trees, such as "Ash: Gif t of Joy" and "Ivy: Gift of Solace." All the selections are taken from the "Adventura" book series. The 37 authors include Lucy Jane Bledsoe, the edit or of several anthologies such as Gay Travels: A Literary Companion (Wherea bouts, 1998), and Jessica Maxwell, a regular contributor to Esquire and For bes and the author of two books of travel tales. Selections describe a cano e trip with Girl Scouts, surfing with dolphins, and night skating in San Fr ancisco. The writing is apt and beautiful, describing adventures in nature from many viewpoints. 
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20 Cunningham, Michael Land's End : A Walk in Provincetown (Crown Journeys)
Crown 2002 0609609076 / 9780609609071 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A highly collectible first edition, a tight clean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscriptions or markings, not price clipped an ex-libra ry or a book of the month club edition; Cunningham (The Hours) takes the reader on a leisurely, idiosyncratic tour of the fabled town at the tip of Cape Cod. He makes the rounds of his favorite haunts, from the beaches, marshes and dunes to businesses like the halfheartedly modernized Adams Pharmacy, which has a soda fountain from the 1940s; the Marine Specialties store, a repository of the overlooked, the lost, the surplus, the irregular, the no-longer-needed, and the outmoded; and the Atlantic House, a bar that is sexy in a damp, well-used way. The fish and whales that live in the ocean around the town have a place in his excursion, as do the dogs, cats, skunks, opossums and occasional coyotes that wander the streets. People interest him most, however the old-timer who sits in his yard, shouting, Hello hello hello, to everyone who passes by; the disheveled man who walks the main street night and day; and the more famous eccentrics, the refugees, rebels, and visionaries who have been coming to the town for nearly 400 years. There is also a large gay population, and Cunningham is especially fascinated by this community's flamboyant individuals, who add color even to the local A&P. 
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