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Marco Polo's Asia: An Introduction to His "Description of the World" Called "Il Milione"

by Leonardo Olschki

An overview of Marco Polo's book called Description of the World ("Il Milione" in Italian). This work places "Il Milione" in historical context and includes details of Marco Polo's life. This digital edition...


Arawata Bill: The Story of Legendary Gold Prospector William James O'Leary

by Ian Dougherty

Arawata Bill (1865-1947) was a pioneering New Zealand folk hero. He spent decades in the unforgiving mountain country of North-west Otago and South Westland, prospecting for gold and other minerals and making...


From Venus to Antarctica: The Life of Dumont d'Urville

by John Dunmore

High adventure, drama, discovery, science and map making. This is the first-ever full-length English language biography of D'Urville - one of the nineteenth century's great explorers. Bad-tempered and irreverent,...


Barbed Wire and Bougainvillea: Adventures in Papua New Guinea

by Bob Stevens

In 2001, Bob was sent by Australian Volunteers International to Papua New Guinea to teach at a Catholic mission school, 800km up the Fly River. Book contents include cannibalism, murder, witchcraft, tragedy,...


The Cape Crusaders: Driving a Dennis fire engine from the tip of Europe to the bottom of Africa

by Julian Walker

In 1987, seven people embarked on a three month charity expedition to drive an old red Dennis fire engine from the northern tip of Europe to the southernmost point of Africa. After almost five months, 37,000km,...


The Explorer Gene: How Three Generations of One Family Went Higher, Deeper, and Further Than Any Before

by Tom Cheshire & James Cameron

On May 27, 1931, Auguste Piccard became the first human to enter the stratosphere, flying an experimental balloon he invented himself. Thirty years later, his son Jacques went to the bottom of the earth, descending...


Hustling Hinkler: The Short Tumultuous Life of a Trailblazing Australian Aviator

by D. R. Dymock

Hustling Hinkler is mandatory reading for anyone who loves flight . . . a gripping story of an intrepid country boy who followed his dreams.' (Richard de Crespigny, author of multi-award winning QF32)

Part adventure,...


EXPEDITIONS : Gold, Shamans, and Green Fire

by Lee Elders

Journey from the banks of a prolific gold bearing river named Hell to a century-old, last will and testament whose riddle led the Catholic Church and British and Colombian explorers to an uncharted area of Ecuador...


Flinders: The Man Who Mapped Australia

by Rob Mundle

'Rob Mundle is a master of the maritime narrative' SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

Matthew Flinders was the first to circumnavigate and chart the treacherous Terra Australis coastline ? he is the man who put Australia...


Dog Man: An Uncommon Life on a Faraway Mountain

by Martha Sherrill

Dog Man: An Uncommon Life on a Faraway Mountain is a stunning portrait of the Japanese rebel who single-handedly rescued the 4,000-year-old Akita dog breed.

At the end of World War II, there were only 16 Akita...


Two Sides of the Moon

by David Scott, Alexei Leonov, Tom Hanks & Neil Armstrong

Growing up on either side of the Iron Curtain, David Scott and Alexei Leonov experienced very different childhoods but shared the same dream to fly.

Excelling in every area of mental and physical agility, Scott...


What Am I Doing Here?

by Bruce Chatwin

In this text, Bruce Chatwin writes of his father, of his friend Howard Hodgkin, and of his talks with Andre Malraux and Nadezhda Mandelstram. He also follows unholy grails on his travels, such as the rumour...


In Patagonia

by Bruce Chatwin

The masterpiece of travel writing that revolutionized the genre and made its author famous overnight

An exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic mystery of a far-off, unseen land, Bruce Chatwin's...


Triumph Around the World: An Eye Classic

by Robbie Marshall

A humorous, soul-searching account of an aging hippie who gives up his hard-won career, family, and home life to bike around the world in search of new experiences

 

At age 45 Robbie Marshall had it all, or...


Rings: On the Life and Family of a Southern Fighter

by Randy Bates

In this momentous debut, Randy Bates finds in the daily lives of one American family the pathos and drama we usually associate with the finest fiction. Rings is strict, however, in presenting only actual people...


Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Lowest Temperatures on Earth

by Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Few humans have evolved who can survive and thrive in the bitter cold. Below a certain temperature, death is inevitable. This book is about this aspect of our environment and about Sir Ranulph Fiennes' own life...


The High Altitude: Airline Pilot, Mountaineer, Modern-Day Adventurer

by Mike Allsop

Mountaineer, pilot, ultra runner and ordinary bloke, Mike Allsop is an adventurer of the truest kind.


Ride Like Hell and You'll Get There: Detours Into Mayhem

by Paul Carter

More of Paul Carter's hugely entertaining stories of his seriously crazy, sometimes terrifying, always hilarious adventures.


Black Livingstone: A True Tale of Adventure in the Nineteenth-Century Congo

by Pagan Kennedy

A largely untold story of an extraordinary historical figure, this biography sheds light on the life of William Sheppard, a 19th-century African American who, for more than 20 years, defied segregation and operated...


The Journals of Captain Cook

by James Cook & Philip Edwards

‘They crowded so thick round the boats … that it was some time before we could get room to land’ These Journals record the historic meeting between two worlds as Europe’s greatest navigator made the...