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  1. 1. New & Noteworthy: The British Isles
  2. 2. Featured Guides: Bradt Slow Travel
  3. 3. Featured Maps: Michelin Laminated City Maps
  4. 4. New in Paperback: Safari, Savanna, Shore
  5. 5. Featured Series: The Sunday Philosophy Club
  6. 6. Fall Events: Join us!

Dear Traveler,

Earlier this summer the United Kingdom made headlines for its controversial decision to leave the European Union, sending the value of the pound tumbling and putting the British Isles on everyone's map. If you're planning a trip there, we've got plenty of books to help you prepare. Alongside literature about Britain, we're celebrating slow travel, an idea Bradt Guides takes very seriously when it comes to excursions in England.

Longitude exists at the union between literary and travel communities, and we'll be renewing those relationships at several events this fall, where we hope our paths might cross.

Until then,

Jodie Vinson


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This Land (GRB340, $45.00)

Immortalizing the landscapes of Great Britain, this striking collection of photographs showcases the UK's great diversity, from the Scottish Highlands and the English Pennines to the rolling chalk downs of Southern England. Alongside the photos, the authors discuss how the British have shaped their landscape over thousands of years. With a foreword by Bill Bryson.

The Story of England (GRB352, $22.95)

This 25th anniversary edition of Christopher Hibbert's classic introduction to England's past is filled with anecdotes that bring history to life. In this newly illustrated edition, John Broadley's unique tableaux-like illustrations capture the landscapes, costumes and characters of the history that Hibbert's text so vividly evokes. Available October 17; call to preorder.

Panorama of the Thames, A Riverside View of Georgian London (GBR287, $55.00)

A fascinating guide to the River Thames of the past, this illustrated gazetteer is a reproduction of an 1829 guide to both banks, between Westminster and Richmond, including the waterside villages now incorporated into London proper.

The Marches, A Borderland Journey Between England and Scotland (SCT223, $27.00)

A travelogue by a British Parliamentarian that profiles standing stones, monks, flooded fields, striking mountains and, of course, Hadrian's Wall. Rory Stewart (The Places In Between) mingles his observations with the history of one of the world's most fought-over borders. The publishing date for this title is now November, but you can still call to pre-order.

Writing the Thames (GRB308, $40.00)

Piecing together a history of the legendary waterway, this anthology gathers vibrant poetry, artwork and prose excerpts from writers and artists inspired by England's Thames River. Includes 75 full-color illustrations.

Field Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland (GBR297, $22.00)

Arranged by species, this fully updated, jargon-free guide profiles 280 birds common in Britain and Ireland. Birding expert Mark Golley includes identification tips and details on habitat. Published in association with Wildlife Trusts.

Where to Go When Great Britain and Ireland (GRB354, $14.95)

Whether you'd like to peruse the shops of London or go surfing in North Cornwall, this travel primer in the Where to Go When series can steer you in the right direction. With 2,000 destinations and experiences, useful maps, a regional directory and suggestions for each authentic activity.

The Great British Coloring Map (GRB350, $24.95)

Produced in association with British map publisher Ordnance Survey, this exclusive coloring book explores the intricacies of England, Scotland and Wales. Its highly detailed map-styled designs include a very nice gatefold spread of London. Available October 25; call to preorder.


The best pace for the traveler, Bradt reminds us in this series of travel guides to England, is often a slow and steady gait. Personably written by experts (who have done it all themselves) Bradt's Slow Travel Guides are ideal for walkers and wanderers, cyclists and travelers who enjoy "taking it all in." Each chapter is organized around a scenic town and includes walking routes with stopping points, maps and listings for eating and accommodations. Great for savoring the landscapes of Britain.


Thanks to a clear layout and expert travel recommendations (borrowed from each respective Michelin Green Guide), these Michelin City Maps are a superb resource for exploring a new city. Each laminated, double-sided plan includes detailed insets, a full index and sidebars on public transportation, practical information and trip planning.


Flood of Fire (IDA730, $17.00)

This vibrant final novel in the Ibis Trilogy from Amitav Ghosh opens at the start of the First Opium War. In a crafty plot to re-legalize the drug in China, the British government forms a task force headed by a former soldier whose quest takes him from Bengal to Hong Kong, Bombay to Calcutta and to hell and back.

Safari, A Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer (TVL609, $19.99)

Geoffrey Kent, co-owner of the luxury travel giant Abercrombie & Kent, takes the reader on an inspiring tour around the globe as he recounts his journey from his first safari in Nairobi with nothing but a Kenya pound and an old Land Rover to his professional role in shaping today's travel industry.

Paradise of the Pacific, Approaching Hawaii (HWI283, $16.00)

An enjoyable history of late 18th-century Hawaii by award-winning novelist Susanna Moore. Moore confines her focus to the islands' not-so-distant collision with the West, conjuring important figures from the period, including shipwrecked sailors, Spanish galleons, British navigators and Irish poachers.

Savannas, A Very Short Introduction (AFR355, $11.95)

Part of Oxford University's illuminating series, this short survey includes chapters on topography, human evolution, land management and the future of the world's savannas.

Shanghai Redemption, An Inspector Chen Novel (CHN788, $15.99)

This eighth thriller in the Chief Inspector Chen Cao series by Xiaolong Qiu puts the detective in the deadliest situation of his career. Being discredited and isolated within the Communist Party isn't enough, it seems, when someone attempts to have Chen killed.

A Strangeness in My Mind (TKY299, $16.95)

This beguiling novel by the incomparable Orhan Pamuk is the tale of a young man who chases fortune in Istanbul but whose attempts at love and wealth are painfully rebuffed.

The Golden Shore, California's Love Affair With the Sea (CAL326, $16.95)

In this eminently readable and well-researched tribute, David Helvarg, an environmental journalist and filmmaker, considers the crosscurrents of culture, history, economy and myth that come together on the state's golden shores.


The tenth book in The Sunday Philosophy Club, a beloved mystery series by Alexander McCall Smith, is just out in paperback. The Novel Habits of Happiness features McCall Smith's philosopher-sleuth from Edinburgh, Isabel Dalhousie, who must call upon all of her skills while investigating the hallucinations of a six-year-old boy. Catch up on the rest of the series, set in Scotland, or, if you haven't tried them yet, sample McCall Smith's popular No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, which take for their backdrop the wild landscape and colorful culture of Botswana.


Longitude is pleased and honored to attend several events this fall in literary and travel communities across the nation! We'll be a first-time attendee at the Adventure Travel and Trade Association's annual World Summit in Anchorage, Alaska this month. If you're attending, please reach out and say hello!

Back at our home base in Minneapolis, we're eager to browse publisher booths for the best in travel literature this fall at the Midwest Independent Booksellers' Association's Heartland Fall forum. And just so we have all our bases covered, we'll be at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Association fall trade show as well!

Finally, Longitude will be exhibiting at the Twin Cities Book Festival, Saturday October 15 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. If you're in the area, please stop by our booth and introduce yourself! We're always happy to hear stories of travels past, and, of course, we'll have some recommended reading for any trips you're plotting!

Even if we can't meet face to face at these fall events, you're always welcome to reach out directly for any book recommendations for your travels. Just ask our experts!

Please email with your suggestions and comments. We like to hear from our customers!

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P.S. Galapagos, Preserving Darwin's Legacy is back in print! Tui de Roy corralled dozens of researchers and friends for this magnificently illustrated, authoritative and up-to-date survey of the natural history, ecology and conservation of the Galapagos. With chapters by Jack Grove (fishes), Peter and Rosemary Grant (finches), Dennis Geist (geology) and many others. This new edition has significant updates including brand new photography and information about scientific developments.