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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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Jane Austen in Bath, Walking Tours of the Writer's City

Jane Austen in Bath, Walking Tours of the Writer's City

by Katharine Reeve

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

The city of Bath provided the inspiration and the setting for Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. This beautifully illustrated guide leads the reader through the places frequented by Austen and her fictional characters. (GBR671, $19.95)

Roman Britain, A Very Short Introduction

Roman Britain, A Very Short Introduction

by Peter Salway

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 88 PAGES

An excellent, brief overview of the Roman period in Britain by a leading specialist. (GBR541, $11.95)

The Story of England

The Story of England

by Christopher Hibbert

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • COMING IN DECEMBER

Beautifully illustrated with color pictures, chronological charts, royal genealogies and maps, this popular history of English politics, economics and culture from the Neolithic Age to the 1990s is an excellent travel companion. (GBR02, $19.95)

Rough Guide Bristol, Bath & Somerset

Rough Guide Bristol, Bath & Somerset

by Rough Guide

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

A comprehensive regional guide featuring excellent local maps, travel information and suggested routes. (GBR42, $18.99)

 
Great Britain, Ireland Map

Great Britain, Ireland Map


by Marco Polo Travel Publishing

  • 2012
  • MAP

This fold-out overview map of Great Britain and Ireland is ideal for route planning, with highlighted scenic routes and places of interest. The map contains a comprehensive index and inset street plans of major cities. (GBR06, $11.95)

Eyewitness Guide Great Britain

Eyewitness Guide Great Britain


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

With 1,400 photos, maps and excellent introductory chapters, this guide offers both a general overview of Great Britain and a region-by-region look at its attractions. (GBR01, $30.00)

Letters from London

Letters from London


by Julian Barnes

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

This sparkling collection of essays by the brilliant novelist Julian Barnes hones in on the social complexity and political reality of modern day England. (GBR14, $16.95)

Notes from a Small Island

Notes from a Small Island


by Bill Bryson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES

A farewell walking tour of England by an American expatriate who has decided to return home after two decades. Like all of Bryson's books, it's full of rich conversations, humorous anecdotes and amusing interactions. (GBR16, $14.99)

The Mother Tongue, English and How it Got That Way

The Mother Tongue, English and How it Got That Way


by Bill Bryson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 270 PAGES

An indispensable guide to the language that divides us, this book is an informative linguistic history that showcases Bryson's wry wit. (GBR15, $14.99)

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew


by Daniel Pool

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

With excellent humor and an eye for detail, Pool clarifies the social customs, class distinctions and obsolete vocabulary of the Georgians and Victorians. (GBR320, $16.00)

Life in the English Country House

Life in the English Country House


by Mark Girouard

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A celebrated social and architectural history of life in English country houses, fully illustrated in black and white and color, first published in 1978. Girouard traces the history of these houses from medieval times to World War II. (GBR221, $50.00)

Kingdom by the Sea

Kingdom by the Sea


by Paul Theroux

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 361 PAGES

This time, the prolific writer recounts a coastal journey around the British Isles in 1982, displaying his occasional ill temper alongside his celebrated ability to combine social history with a good old-fashioned traveler's tale. (GBR09, $15.95)

England, England

England, England


by Julian Barnes

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 275 PAGES

Barnes turns his characteristic wit toward both England and the traveling experience in this novel. (GBR45, $15.95)

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows


by Alan Bradley

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 384 PAGES

In this fourth book in the series it's Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce -- an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime-solving-- is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. (GRB30, $23.00)

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey


by Jane Austen

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 219 PAGES

Austen's first novel parodies the Gothic thrillers of her day. Catherine Morland is a country girl spending a season in sophisticated Bath, where she falls for Henry Tilney, who invites her home to his possibly haunted mansion (GBR313, $8.00)

Persuasion

Persuasion


by Jane Austen

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Set in Lyme Regis and Bath, this novel is possibly Austen's most mature finished work. There's particular pleasure for Bath-goers here, as much of the final action unfolds in streets and buildings that exist in Bath to this day. (GBR208, $7.00)

The Complete Novels

The Complete Novels


by Jane Austen

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 1088 PAGES

Austen's seven great novels offers a vivid portrait of English middle-class life, mores, institutions and society at the turn of the 19th century, here in a Penguin deluxe edition. (GBR938, $25.00)

The Last Detective

The Last Detective


by Peter Lovesey

  • MYSTERY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

This sophisticated gumshoe novel features an old-fashioned detective, a drowned BBC actress, a pair of stolen Jane Austen letters and a suspenseful chase through the Roman baths of Bath. (GBR314, $13.00)

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