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Paradise Divided: A Portait of Lebanon

by Alex Klaushofer

This timely portrait of Lebanon exposes the fault lines that underlie the current crisis in the Middle East, and charts the country's attempts to rebuild a fragile peace after its long civil war and recent conflict...


Miss Lou: Louise Bennett and Jamaican Culture

by Mervyn Morris

The career of Louise Bennett ('Miss Lou') is an essential component in any reckoning of Jamaican culture. This book offers a brief account of her life (1919-2006): a story of challenges and blessings, of a journey...


Divinity Road

by Martin Pevsner

Greg wakes up in a remote war zone, sole survivor of an air crash caused by a suicide bomber. Aman faces the disappearance of his wife and children in a family blood feud. Samira is forced to cope with the complexities...


Lagos: A Cultural and Literary History

by Kaye Whiteman

Lagos is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, expected in some projections to have a population of 25 million by 2025. This will make it the biggest metropolis in sub-Saharan Africa and possibly the...


The Ionian Islands and Epirus

by Jim Potts

Scattered off the west coast of mainland Greece are the seven Ionian Islands, celebrated for their spectacular landscapes, olive groves and classical associations. Together with the mountainous mainland region...


The Indian Equator: Mark Twain's India Revisited

by Ian Strathcarron

In 1895/6 the sixty-year-old Mark Twain set off on a worldwide lecture tour to pay off his debts from a publishing company bankruptcy, notes from which a year later became his final travel book Following the...


Germany: Beyond the Enchanted Forest: A Literary Anthology

by Brian Melican

German military figures had a certain terrifying glamour,' wrote Patrick Leigh Fermor, recalling views about Germany during the First World War. When, he asked, had the bristling general replaced the 'philosophers...


Out of Essex: Re-Imagining a Literary Landscape

by James Canton

Beyond the brash modern stereotypes of Essex there exists a landscape that has inspired some of England's finest writing. This book tracks the paths of those literary figures who have ventured into the wilder...


More Than Cowboys: Travels Through the History of the American West

by Tim Slessor

So many books about the American West leave out the more intriguing details: When, in 1803, the young USA doubled its size with the purchase from France of an unexplored vastness called La Louisiane, it was...


Questions of Taste: The Philosophy of Wine

by Barry C Smith

Interest in and consumption of wine have grown exponentially in recent years and there has been a corresponding increase in consumers' knowledge of wine, which in turn has generated discussions about the meaning...


Walking the Hexagon: An Escape Around France on Foot

by Terry Cudbird

Why would a man retire from his job and take off on a unique 4,000-mile walk around France? What possessed him to wear out his sixty-year-old hips and knees when he could spend a comfortable retirement at home?...


Malta: A Traveller's Anthology

by Deborah Manley

Deborah Manley's selection of extracts reveals how generations of writers have viewed the landscapes of Malta and Gozo, the people of the islands, the splendours of Valletta and its famous harbour, and the celebrated...


Our Man in Paris: A Foreign Correspondent, France and the French

by John Lichfield

Since 1997 John Lichfield, The Independent's correspondent in France, has been sending dispatches back to the newspaper in London. More than transient news stories, the popular 'Our Man in Paris' series consists...


The Northern Conquest: Vikings in Britain and Ireland

by Katherine Holman

Most historical accounts examine the Viking Age in one part rather than the whole region of the British Isles and Ireland. Very few pay attention to the continued contact between England and Scandinavia in the...


The West Country: A Cultural History

by John Payne

The English West Country is a land of exceptional landscapes: many miles of wild, unspoilt coastline and vast expanses of wild moorland; great cities such as Exeter, Plymouth, Bath and Bristol; and market towns,...


Athens

by John Gill

Athens is an historical anomaly. Excavations date its first settlement to over seven thousand years ago, yet it only became the capital of Greece in 1834. During the intervening centuries it was occupied by...


Provence: A Cultural History

by Martin Garrett

Celebrated by writers from Petrarch to Peter Mayle, Provence's rugged mountains, wild maquis and lavender-filled meadows are world-famous. Historic cities like Arles, Avignon and Aix contain Roman amphitheatres,...


The Portuguese: A Portrait of a People

by Barry Hatton

Portugal is an established member of the European Union, one of the founders of the euro currency and a founder member of NATO. Yet it is an inconspicuous and largely overlooked country on the continent's south-west...


Siberia: A Cultural History

by Anthony Haywood

Before Russians crossed the Urals Mountains in the sixteenth century to settle their 'colony' in North Asia, they heard rumours about bountiful fur, of bizarre people without eyes who ate by shrugging their...


Patagonia: A Cultural History

by Chris Moss

Patagonia is the ultimate landscape of the mind. Like Siberia and the Sahara, it has become a metaphor for nothingness and extremity. Its frontiers have stretched beyond the political boundaries of Argentina...