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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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In a Sunburned Country

In a Sunburned Country

by Bill Bryson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 335 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The intrepid, ever-resourceful Bill Bryson revels in Australia's eccentric characters, dangerous flora and fauna and other oddities in this wildly funny, effortlessly informative travelogue. (AUS83, $15.99)

Eyewitness Guide New Zealand

Eyewitness Guide New Zealand

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

This superb guide features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region overview of attractions. (NZL45, $25.00)

Eyewitness Guide Australia

Eyewitness Guide Australia

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 587 PAGES

Featuring hundreds of innovative maps, color photographs and choice recommendations for excursions and sightseeing. (AUS101, $30.00)

Australia and New Zealand Map

Australia and New Zealand Map

by Cartographia

  • 2001
  • MAP

This handy birds-eye map shows both Australia and New Zealand at a scale of 1:6,000,000. (AUS77, $12.00)

 
Australia Map

Australia Map


by ITMB

  • 2010
  • MAP

A handy, folded map at a scale of 1:3,500,000. (AUS23, $12.95)

New Zealand Adventure Map

New Zealand Adventure Map


by National Geographic Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP
  • BEST SELLER

A detailed map at a scale of 1:1,000,000, printed on handy tear- and water-resistant paper. (NZL09, $11.95)

Eyewitness Guide Sydney

Eyewitness Guide Sydney


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

This superb guide to Sydney features color photography, dozens of excellent neighborhood maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the city's attractions. (AUS25, $23.00)

A Commonwealth of Thieves, The Improbable Birth of Australia

A Commonwealth of Thieves, The Improbable Birth of Australia


by Thomas Keneally

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Keneally illuminates the birth of New South Wales with drama and flair, richly evoking the social conditions in London, long sea voyage and the conditions in Australia. (AUS177, $16.00)

A Traveller's History of New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands

A Traveller's History of New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands


by John Chambers

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES
  • COMING IN FEBRUARY

A brisk portrait of New Zealand and its culture, economy and society, this concise history also covers the settlement of the Pacific Islands. (NZL60, $16.95)

Aboriginal Australians

Aboriginal Australians


by Stephen Muecke

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 127 PAGES

A lively shirt-pocket encyclopedia, illustrating the culture, history and art of the Aborigines. (AUS230, $15.95)

Maori Tattooing

Maori Tattooing


by H.G. Robley

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A new unabridged edition of the classic, illustrated sourcebook on Maori tattooing (moko), first published in 1896. The author pays scrupulous attention to the intricate patterns, design and cultural meaning of traditional Maori tattoos. (NZL67, $14.95)

The Fatal Shore

The Fatal Shore


by Robert Hughes

  • HISTORY
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 752 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

In this celebrated social history, both scholarly and entertaining, Hughes traces the fate of those who were transported to the penal colonies of Australia between 1787 and 1868. It's an engaging popular account, drawn from the experiences of the colonists themselves. (AUS04, $21.00)

The Reef, A Passionate History

The Reef, A Passionate History


by Iain McCalman

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES

McCalman, a historian at the University of Sydney, brings to life the explorers and scientists, beachcombers, divers, indigenous peoples and castaways who first experienced the Great Barrier Reef. (AUS277, $27.00)

The Songlines

The Songlines


by Bruce Chatwin

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Rory Stewart provides the introduction to this 25th anniversary edition of Bruce Chatwin's celebrated travelogue. Chatwin transforms a journey through the Outback into an exhilarating, semi-fictional meditation on our place in the world. (AUS01, $16.00)

The Happy Isles of Oceania

The Happy Isles of Oceania


by Paul Theroux

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The peripatetic author flies off to Australia and New Zealand with a kayak and ends up exploring much of Melanesia and Polynesia, including Tonga, Fiji and the Marquesas, in this wickedly funny, wide-ranging tale. (PAC03, $15.95)

Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All

Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All


by Christina Thompson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Historian Thompson effortlessly alternates tales of mostly disastrous early encounters with the Maori and the story of the love of her life, Seven, the Maori she married, in this endearing memoir. (NZL96, $16.00)

Australia, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Australia, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Robert Ross

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Arranged geographically, this collection of works by mostly local writers, including Patrick White, Peter Carey and other luminaries introduces the cultures, geography and mindset of Australia. (AUS38, $13.95)

The Bone is Pointed

The Bone is Pointed


by Arthur Upfield

  • MYSTERY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte mystery finds the half-Aborigine detective in the place he knows best, the Australian outback, where he is investigating the disappearance of a local scoundrel. (AUS171, $20.95)

The Bone People

The Bone People


by Keri Hulme

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Set on the South Island, this powerful novel brings together three troubled individuals who represent Maori and European traditions in contemporary New Zealand. (NZL02, $16.00)

The Turning, New Stories

The Turning, New Stories


by Tim Winton

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 321 PAGES

These 17 overlapping stories, steeped in everyday life on western Australia, follow the fates of a handful of characters in a small coastal town outside Perth. Winton, short-listed twice so far for the Booker Prize, has published a string of memorable novels, children's books and stories, all richly set in the working class milieu of the sparsely populated coastal desert. (AUS169, $20.99)

True History of the Kelly Gang

True History of the Kelly Gang


by Peter Carey

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 386 PAGES

Carey's powerful, daring novel, steeped in the colonial history of late 19th-century Australia, won him a second Booker (the first was for Oscar & Lucinda). Outlaw, folk hero, thief and patriot, the Irish immigrant Ned Kelly and his clan figure large in the Australian mindset. (AUS119, $15.95)

Chasing Kangaroos

Chasing Kangaroos


by Tim Flannery

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

In this ode to the kangaroo, Flannery weaves his own coming of age as a scientist with tales of the strange marsupial, past and present. (AUS186, $14.00)

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean


by Paddy Ryan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

This take-along guide covers coral reefs, fish, invertebrates and plants of the Indo-Pacific and includes 200 color photographs. (DIV18, $21.99)

Wild Australia

Wild Australia


by IMAX

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2002
  • DVD
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

A dazzling overview of Australia, its geology, evolution, culture and wildlife on DVD, originally presented in IMAX theatres. (AUS168, $19.99)

Australia: The East, Travellers' Wildlife Guides

Australia: The East, Travellers' Wildlife Guides


by Les Beletsky

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

Featuring 650 full-color illustrations of common fish, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds of Australia and an overview of parks and preserves including the Great Barrier Reef. (AUS167, $29.95)

Fishwatcher's Field Guide, Great Barrier Reef

Fishwatcher's Field Guide, Great Barrier Reef


by Idaz Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • PLASTIC CARD

A double-sided, laminated card covering the reef fish of Australia, Papua New Guinea and the tropical Pacific. (DIV41, $7.50)

New Zealand Wildlife

New Zealand Wildlife


by Julian Fitter

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A splendid introduction to the nature and wildlife of New Zealand, featuring succinct chapters on geography and geology, history, habitats and wildlife, along with hundreds of color photographs. (NZL97, $25.99)

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