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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.

Essential Reading

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The Song of the Dodo

The Song of the Dodo

by David Quammen

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 700 PAGES

Clearly written and engaging, Quammen narrates his adventures on the trail of natural wonders in Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Galapagos and Komodo and explains complex evolutionary phenomena with humor, wit and understanding. (CON05, $22.00)

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)

Lonely Planet Perth & West Coast Australia

Lonely Planet Perth & West Coast Australia

by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

This practical guidebook by the Melbourne-based publisher covers not just Perth and surrounds but also Broome and The Kimberley. With plenty of information on where to go and what to do, as well as background on history, culture and nature. (AUS140, $21.99)

Kimberley Map

Kimberley Map

by HEMA Maps

  • 2013
  • MAP

A large scale (1:1,250,000) map of the Kimberley region, including the northern coast of Western Australia. The reverse side features brief descriptions of major sites and national parks. (AUS16, $10.95)

 
Culture Smart! Australia

Culture Smart! Australia


by Barry Penney

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice. (AUS189, $9.95)

Lonely Planet Indonesia

Lonely Planet Indonesia


by Peter Turner

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 916 PAGES

A practical guide to all of Indonesia, featuring introductions to each island's culture, art and history, along with 200 maps, a great deal of practical information and 100 pages dedicated solely to Bali. (INS77, $33.99)

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)

Indonesia, Peoples and Histories

Indonesia, Peoples and Histories


by Jean C. Taylor

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

This broad social history addresses, with authority, the diversity of communities, upheaval and challenges of Indonesia. Taylor weaves a vivid tale of the nation from prehistory to modern politics. (INS94, $27.50)

Nathaniel's Nutmeg, True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History

Nathaniel's Nutmeg, True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History


by Giles Milton

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 388 PAGES

A rousing tale of international competition, greed and exploitation in 17th-century Indonesia. The book revolves around Nathaniel Courthroupe, who held off Dutch marauders on a tiny nutmeg-producing island from 1616-1620. It's a great story, well told -- and all true. (INS73, $16.00)

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)

Aboriginal Art

Aboriginal Art


by Wally Caruana

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 239 PAGES

This well-illustrated survey focuses on the spiritual and geographic sources of art and ritual traditions in Australia. With 187 well produced black-and-white and color illustrations. (AUS14, $21.95)

Alfred Russel Wallace, Letters from the Malay Archipelago

Alfred Russel Wallace, Letters from the Malay Archipelago


by John Van Wyhe

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

A revised account of Wallace's 1852-1862 voyage through Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia is included in this newly translated collection of richly detailed letters from the great Victorian naturalist and contemporary of Darwin. (INS119, $29.95)

In a Sunburned Country

In a Sunburned Country


by Bill Bryson

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

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

My Place

My Place


by Sally Morgan

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

A deeply moving autobiography of three generations in Australia, which artfully evokes Aboriginal culture. Morgan, who spent her childhood in Perth, didn't discover her Aboriginal background until she was in her teens. (AUS19, $19.95)

Kimberley Stories

Kimberley Stories


by Sandy Toussaint

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 212 PAGES

A journey of discovery into one of Australia's Kimberley, this wide-ranging anthology includes both writing and illustrations from the region. (AUS269, $19.95)

The Explorers

The Explorers


by Tim F. Flannery

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 385 PAGES

Through 67 personal accounts selected and introduced by Tim Flannery, this collection reveals the human experience of exploring and settling Australia. (AUS89, $14.00)

Bradt Australian Wildlife

Bradt Australian Wildlife


by Stella Martin

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 196 PAGES

A guide not just to kangaroo and koala, this compact, illustrated survey, featuring 250 color photographs, takes in habitats, parks and conservation, marsupials, birds and bats. (AUS248, $26.99)

The Future Eaters, An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People

The Future Eaters, An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People


by Tim F. Flannery

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

An engaging ecological history of Australasia, looking at human impact on local environments and animal populations in the recent geologic past. (AUS48, $16.00)

The Kimberley, Australia's Last Great Wilderness

The Kimberley, Australia's Last Great Wilderness


by Victoria Laurie

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 284 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Subtitled Australia's Last Great Wilderness, this comprehensive porrait features 200 stunning images, covering wildlife, landscapes and conservation in the Kimberley. (AUS255, $59.95)

The Remarkable Baobab

The Remarkable Baobab


by Thomas Pakenham

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

A celebration of the tremendous, twisted baobabs of Africa, Madagascar and Australia in 60 large-format color photographs. (NAT71, $19.95)

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

A bestseller, 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)

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Indonesia

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Indonesia


by Morten Strange

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to the birds of Indonesia, featuring color photographs of 686 species. (INS98, $34.95)

Australian Birds

Australian Birds


by Pocket Naturalist

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PLASTIC CARD

A laminated card featuring commonly encountered Australian birds. (AUS99, $6.95)

Marine Invertebrates Indian Ocean and the Central Pacific

Marine Invertebrates Indian Ocean and the Central Pacific


by Idaz Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • PLASTIC CARD

This double-sided plastic card shows 50 of the most commonly encountered marine invertebrates of the Indian Ocean in full-color illustrations, convenient for snorkeling trips. (DIV15, $7.50)

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