Archive for September, 2014

Dolman Travel Book Award Winner

Dolman Travel Book Award Winner
The Dolman Travel Book Award is Britain’s prize for the best travel book of the year. Last year the prize was split between Kathleen Jamie’s Sightlines and Robert Macfarlane’s The Old Ways. This year the French author Sylvain Tesson, author of The Consolations of the Forest, took home the prize, or will do so as
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Words of Mercury

Words of Mercury
Kindly contributed by Darrel Schoeling, Longitude Books co-founder and Patrick Leigh Fermor aficionado. Patrick Leigh Fermor’s biographer and friend Artemis Cooper pulled together this inspired sampler of  excerpts, letters, potted portraits of friends and other uncategorizable miscellany, including the great man’s own account of the abduction of General Kreipe, German commander of the Nazi occupation
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Wrangel Island

Wrangel Island
Kindly contributed by Hampton Sides, award-winning editor of Outside magazine and author of Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West, Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II’s Most Dramatic Mission and the recently released In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette.  
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Fortunes of Africa

Fortunes of Africa
In writing a history book that clocks in at over 700 pages and seems as vast as the continent itself, African expert Martin Meredith (The Fate of Africa, Born in Africa) has somehow crafted an inviting — even exciting — read with his new book The Fortunes of Africa. It’s hard to imagine a book
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