Archive for March, 2016

The Medici

The Medici
It would be difficult to write a boring book about the Medici, but it takes a thoughtful writer to weave the many complex storylines of Italy’s most infamous ruling family into an accessible narrative that is both entertaining and informing. Paul Strathern has done exactly this in his latest release The Medici: Power, Money and
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An Interview with John Gimlette

An Interview with John Gimlette
Award-winning journalist John Gimlette’s exuberant travelogues have entertained and informed readers about far-flung places, from Suriname to Labrador. In his new book Elephant Complex, he turns his attention to Sri Lanka, discussing everything from its startling landscapes to traumatic recent history.   Longitude. You’ve written about countries as diverse as Paraguay, Newfoundland and French Guiana,
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Europe at Your Convenience

Europe at Your Convenience
Kindly contributed by Duncan J.D. Smith, with photographs from his ‘Only In’ Guides, which celebrate the unique locations and hidden corners of Europe’s great cities.   In 2015 I wrote and published Only in London, the 10th volume in my series of ‘Only In’ Guides. It seemed a good time to reflect on the books
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Elephant Complex

Elephant Complex
The island nation of Sri Lanka is home to around 5,800 elephants. The lumbering creatures traverse the teardrop island on alimankadas, or elephant paths, their entire lives, circling back to the same well-trodden routes again and again. In his latest book Elephant Complex, journalist John Gimlette employs the metaphor to explore Sri Lankan history, which, he
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